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Old 20-03-2017, 10:32   #1
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Hi All,

I'm wondering what people think of the use of crowdfunding to finance their sailing adventures. I have started to consider using something like gofundme to help offset some of my travel, food, gear costs, etc.. My biggest overall thing for this summer is some offshore racing on the West Coast (SoCal 300 and TransPac) and I'm from the East Coast.

Thoughts?
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I guess it's less degrading than standing on the corner with a tin cup in your hand.
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Re: CrowdFunding

What do the crowd get?
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Rubbish.... WHy don't they do a song and dance on a street corner with a tin cup? Get a job and save like everyone else does. Or you can marry money of be born to a rich family..
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Generally crowdfunding sailing is a non-starter. No one is going to fund you to have a fun time from their hard won earnings. Plus it is not at all supported on CF. That is no pan-handling, er, sorry Crowdfunding is allowed on CF.

Some folks do fund sailing by providing various services from a boat. I work from the boat doing that engineering thingy, which keeps me afloat and Dekat in kibble.
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If by crowd funding you mean the various forms of personal financial support that some sailors and cruisers receive, then there are quite a few examples. The ones I’m aware of are mostly the Youtuber-types who provide a service that is valued by their supporters: their videos and ancillary stuff. I’ve also heard of some “good causes” that receive crowdfunded support. I’ve never heard of someone receiving support so they can go "offshore racing,” but I wouldn’t be surprised if that example also exists.

As far as I can understand it, those successful at this are selling a good and entertaining story. Flashing a bit of sexy skin seems to help as well.
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Re: CrowdFunding

I'll second and third all the previous comments.

You want to ask people to donate so you can go sailing and not have to work? Do I misunderstand? If not, words fail me.

Actually I can think of lots to say but nothing that would be polite.
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Generally crowdfunding sailing is a non-starter. No one is going to fund you to have a fun time from their hard won earnings. Plus it is not at all supported on CF. That is no pan-handling, er, sorry Crowdfunding is allowed on CF.

Some folks do fund sailing by providing various services from a boat. I work from the boat doing that engineering thingy, which keeps me afloat and Dekat in kibble.
I agree, I am surprised how many people think others will pay for them to play.
I am working and saving... I will help a stranded sailor from circumstances outside their control, like I did for the Dove II, but not one who is just want's to go play.
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Flashing a bit of sexy skin seems to help as well.
So if I get me a speedo and post videos on youtube I too can be rich and famous?
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Hi All,

I'm wondering what people think of the use of crowdfunding to finance their sailing adventures. I have started to consider using something like gofundme to help offset some of my travel, food, gear costs, etc.. My biggest overall thing for this summer is some offshore racing on the West Coast (SoCal 300 and TransPac) and I'm from the East Coast.

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This is a non-starter, for a number of obvious reasons.

Nonetheless, there are opportunities;
  • Top Olympic-class athletes can often get national sponsorship, and top racing boats attract commercial sponsorship

    Some dedicated cruisers have funded their travels by writing books and producing videos. Or sailing software, etc

    Having a trade/profession that you can do anywhere

Anyway, there are many more worthy causes that should be funded before your sailing dreams. For example, MY sailing dreams.
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I'll second and third all the previous comments.

You want to ask people to donate so you can go sailing and not have to work? Do I misunderstand? If not, words fail me.

Actually I can think of lots to say but nothing that would be polite.
Everyone is saying just about the same thing as you (not singling you out).

I am a student, I also work 35 hours/week, pay rent etc... I'm not looking for people to pay my way, just to reduce the burden on me.

No need for belittlement
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So if I get me a speedo and post videos on youtube I too can be rich and famous?
Post that pic Skip … then we can tell you .

Actually, “crowd funding” has gone on forever for these kinds of things. It’s called sponsorship or patronage. There is always an exchange of benefits or services though: money for advertising, branding, name recognition, etc.

Simple begging for money probably won’t get you much, but an exchange of services is pretty normal. What can you offer your patrons? Think of it as a business proposition — This is how I would approach your question.
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I'm not looking for people to pay my way...
Umm... yes, you are.
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Hey it is apparently working for La vagabonde ?
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Hey it is apparently working for La vagabonde ?

They produce and sail, and while agree most of what I see them getting is "charity" they got in early and capitalized on social media fame, converted that to sponsors etc. I think they sell a few things as well, and she isn't bad to look at.
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