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Old 19-06-2008, 19:28   #1
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Hampton Roads Area Short Trip Deck Hand

Hello,
I am interested in learning more about being on the water, as I intend on getting a boat by next June. I propose to offer my inexperienced services as a deck hand, cook, and all around gopher for short-duration trips in and about the Hampton Roads area. I am a very fast learner, am handy with tools, and I follow direction well. I am doing a lot of research on boating, vessels and waterways, but I figure the best way to build my foundation is to do some real hands-on work, so if you have a deck to wash, want someone to cook onboard for you, or someone to be there to put the bumpers (is that what they're called?) between the dock and the boat, I am your gal. I do know how to tie up to a cleat....

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It may sound strange but it's hard to find. All the best to you.
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Karole,
I spent about 4 years sailing in the Hampton Roads area. The Hampton Yacht Club has practice sailboat races on Wednesday nights and there are races at Willoughby Spit on Thursday nights I believe. I think there are races out of Portsmouth, but am not sure of that. If you show up at the docks before the races start you are pretty likely to end up crewing on a boat. Good luck and have fun.
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Hi, Karole.

The guy from Alaska gave you some good advice. The Hampton Yacht Club could be a great opportunity for you to get on the water. They're friendly folks over there, too.

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Great info and anvice! Thank you all! I have been cruising around (in my car) and have been looking with awe and envy at the wonderful boats that are tied up at all of the local marinas. Very fun! I will track down the races here in Hampton Roads!

OH, and the Cleat HItch... I knew I was doing it right!! Whew!

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The Caribbean 1500 leaves from Hampton in early November. The Cruising Rally Association maintains a volunteer crew list for the trip to Tortola. This may be more than you are ready for but you can add your name to the crew list on their web site. It would be a 7-10 day trip, offshore, on someone else's boat.
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Crew for trip Middle River to Washington DC and Back

This a long shot for you, we (my wife and myself) were planning on a trip to and back from middle river md to DC in the next two weeks. We are based in middle river md which would be a hike for you to get here. We are new to sailing so this would be a learn together situation. Crew would be 3 ppl max on a 30' sailboat. Expect lots of motoring or hopefull the winds will be similiar to last weekend on the bay (we can hope). If intrested we would need to meet ahead of the trip to see if we like each other, we could meet you halfway.....say DC.
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This a long shot for you, we (my wife and myself) were planning on a trip to and back from middle river MD to DC in the next two weeks.
Expect hot, humid, and motoring with brief moments of nice sailing.

We were out last weekend and Sunday was quite nice wind but only for a short period then light. Saturday we were committee boat for a race and it was not humid but light wind. Last night was good anchoring temps but from here to Labor Day it's a mixed bag. The mouth of the Potomac is not a place to fool with. The fetch is long and a rising tide can stand up the waves an extra 2 ft.
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