As someone very new to sailing that wants to stretch their dollar as thin as possible I've been looking for boat owners that are looking for amateur crew.
I've reached a point, after searching for and exchanging several emails with prospective candidates only to be dropped from the dialogue (on sites like crewbay and findacrew), that I simply give up! I've also recently discovered the massive amount of posts from what appear to be ladies just like me - looking for a great adventure on a low budget
. I cannot expect to stand out or prove my abilities in the sea of inexperienced competition on these websites. The internet
obviously isn't the place for me to find what I'm looking for.
That being said, I've decided to make the leap and buy a ticket to Panama
and on to Bocas del Toro, where I hope to live inexpensively until I can meet a real, live crew member
in person. Although this may seem hasty and even more dangerous (as I am a young woman), I don't see any other way to get onto the sailing scene without paying for lessons and getting certified.
So, for all of you amateurs who have found boats over the internet
(that weren't sugar daddies), congratulations! But I'm going to put myself in the center of it all hoping that someone trustworthy is heading through the canal or back through the Carib at the same time as me. If you really are out there, I hope to meet you in the marinas
. And if you're not out there yet but will be in the area at the end of June, please let me know.
So here is my last desperate internet post.
Location, location, location!