Brian - try your local yacht clubs - they're not just for the rich anymore.
You are going to need a 'résumé' of your sailing experiences - PLEASE PLEASE do not exagerate. Most captains would be more than willing to take an enthusiastic and forthright person with only a little experience, than someone who claims to know so much, and proves to know so little. The boating
community isn't so large that one incident of misrepresentation gets lost
- people will find out.
Try getting involved in the local beer
can races. Often these are the same folk who will be making a journey South to race
, or they know who will. I know several people around this area that crew on the race
boats - not to find positions, but to improve their skills as THEY are taking their boat South - they often inquire of their fellow races if they know of anyone who would crew with them for the trip.
You may also want to post your desire to crew here: