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1. Posted by George (Full Member 40 posts) 11y

Well my situation is this. I posted my name on a sailing webpage where boat owners are looking for crews, and I got a call. The call was from a man in San Diego who wants me to be part of his crew sailing from San Diego to Hawaii around the middle of January. All he and his wife have told me so far is that the trip should take about 3 weeks. If anyone has sailed before and could tell me a little bit about things to be aware of before getting on the boat,
:-) I'd appreciate it.

2. Posted by (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

sorry i cant help you, but im interested in the thing you are about to do.
What kind of qualifications do you need to do such a job ??

thanx man !


3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

You did tell him that you haven't sailed before, right? Having sailed since the age of 12, I can imagine that the skipper would be very ticked off if you lied about having sailing experience and showed up without any.

Assuming that you told him you have no experience and they are willing to train you, things to know are...

Wear shoes with white soles. Anything with dark soles scuffs up the boat deck. And given that you are the newbie, you'll have to clean it.

Hat, shades, lots of sun screen. The sun reflects off the water as well as coming from the sky, so protection is important.

Always keep one hand on the boat. There's an old sailing expression - one hand for yourself, one hand for the boat. If you are suddenly hit by a big wave or a gust of wind, if you have a hand on the boat you are less likely to be a man overboard.

Right = starboard. Left = port.

Sailing involves a lot of sitting around and waiting. It's really periods of frantic activity followed by periods of stiffling boredom. You tack (turn the boat) and then sail on that tack for a long time. During that time, you make small adjustments to the sails, and probably fret about whether you would be getting better wind if you were on a beam reach instead of a broad reach.

Buy a basic book of sailing. At least you'll be familiar with the terms and the theory behind it, even if you don't have any practical experience.

Best of luck.

4. Posted by pcobrien (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

I wonder how George's doing?????

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

I'm amazed that someone with no experience would be chosen to crew a long journey (3 weeks plus). Generally to "bareboat" requires at least 8 days of training and "on-the-water" experience of 2 months or more with preference going to people who have been sailing regularly for years.

Normally, if you are going to be in an overnight sailing situation--like in this case--you need to also take the advanced cruising course, regular navigation course, and celestial navigation course in addition to the "bareboat" requirements.

I'll bet George is "in over his head", but then maybe it's difficult to find good crew to just head off for 3 weeks across the Pacific Ocean. I know there are quite a few sailing instructor jobs for high schools and colleges going begging. I just presumed it was because the pay wasn't all that good--or because the good paying jobs are with people owning the fancy yachts.


6. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

Forgot to mention--Beam reach and broad reach (as pointed out by Greg W) would probably be what George would be most concerned with since he would be sailing downwind most of the time going from San Diego to Hawaii.

However, if he is going to be doing any upwind (into the wind) sailing, he would be doing close hauls or close reaches, which is a lot more fun sailing, although also a lot more risky and can tire out a helmsman.