There are postings on bulletin boards, as already suggested. And lots
more online, such as via Facebook for example, or even www.forums.sailinganarchy.com
Also, if you're in an area with lots of sailing & racing
, then walking the docks prior to boats heading out to race
, or doing the same at Yacht Clubs, etc. will often land you a ride.
Mostly all that you need is a good attitude, willingness to learn, & being up for doing some of the "dirty jobs". Okay, that & having a good kit of sailing gear
. And with this, it'll help if you look for boats with bigger crews, to start. As on such boats, there's room for newbies, even ones with zero sailing background. You'll get put to work grinding winches, & acting as human ballast, as you learn/are taught more about racing
. And pretty soon you'll have other jobs. Especially in laid back racing series, like Wed. night Beer
Plus, you'll meet a lot of folks (& perspective rides) at the parties after the races. Which are also a reasonable place to look for rides to begin with, even before your first gig racing.
A couple of other good sources of help when looking to race, is to frequent the local sail lofts. As sail makers generally know of lots of boats that could use spare hands. And they often act as informal placement agencies. Ditto on some local chandleries, & rig shops.
As the saying goes "Win Friends & Influence People".
Ah, & of course, it's wise to study on sailing & racing. That, & start keeping a log of things which transpired during each day on the water
, what you learned, various things about the race, what sails
were used when & why... More's better. And it's something that pro's do, as it's a tool guys use to get to said level of the sport.
Also, look up the forms to document sea time that are used to show your time on the water
which is put toward your qualifications for liscensing. As in skipper's liscences of various levels. And then kindly ask the skipper's of boats that you sail on to sign off on them. Such will show folks that you're serious about sailing (when you approach them right), & even if you aren't looking for such a liscense right now, you may be in 5yrs, & then such documentation
will be invaluable.
: Folks who show up with beer
, & or, snacks/food do tend to be popular