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Old 02-06-2006, 18:38   #1
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Hi there,

I'm kinda new to this whole thing but would really like to get involved crewing a yatch. Unfortunately I am only 20 and have little (but some) yatching experience and have no idea of how to go about this.

Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-06-2006, 22:05   #2
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Where do you live. Different areas have different methods. Probably the best way is to go to find out when there are "Beer can races" these are more casual races held in the evenings by the yacht clubs. Stand on the dock with sailing gear and a six pack and you will probably get a ride. From there watch what people are doing stay out of the way and clean up lines.
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Oh yeah should've mentioned that. Well I'm currently at Southampton in the UK but rather than getting into racing I'm more interested in getting a crew job for holiday yatchs.

I shall look into local yatch clubs as a starting point I think.
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:54   #4
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I've never sailed in Europe and I know that things are more formal in UK than in the States. putting up notices on bulliten boards might be a start.
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Two methods that work:

Yacht club notice boards.
adverts on crew finder boards e.g. http://www.ybw.com/forums/postlist.p.../Board/crewing
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You may not be keen to race as a long term goal, but it may be a viable way of getting "sea-miles" under your belt. Crewing on a racing boat can be a good environment for learning. It can sometimes be a little bit "intense" because racing boats are, as a rule, pushed closer to their limits, and people tend to be a litle more "mouthy" racing as opposed to cruising. Nevertheless, I learned most of my sailing skills on board numerous racing boats. You will probably learn more about good sail trim on a racing yacht, although, possibly, less about good nautical sense and seamanship.

Most yacht clubs will run race series with varying degrees of importance, from twilight races, which tend to be fairly low-key, to Pennant series, which can get quite serious. Twilight races are a good place to start - ask around on the marina on twilight race evening, and chances are you will get yourself a ride on something every time.

A few sasons of racing on whatever you can get aboard will certainly do you no harm, and will look good on your resume when you try to pick up work on charter yachts.
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hey quicksilver....where you able to find out any information on crewing? if so could you share it with us/me?

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Hi there,

I'm kinda new to this whole thing but would really like to get involved crewing a yatch. Unfortunately I am only 20 and have little (but some) yatching experience and have no idea of how to go about this.

Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers
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