Sounds good. Starting with the Med and Europe
in General, May-October are the warmest months so the most popular for cruising. Wind
will be variable with some N trades on the Portuguese coast mid season. Most crusiers wanting to travel to the Caribbean
will depart the Canaries
between Nov and Feb so theres often a lot of crew positions available from the Med, Canaries
or Northern Europe
leading up to November. Hurricane
season in the Caribbean
is from around July to Nov so theres not many opportunities sailing there (or none id want to crew on)
Yachts depart the Caribbean heading N and S around May. Many continue up the US East coast
or back to Europe via Bermuda
to arrive in time for the Med sailing season. Lots of crewing
opportunities around that time although the trip is likely to be more challenging than Canaries- Caribean. Yachts sailing south generally stop in Grenada
of Trinidad as its nearer the edge of the Hurricane
zone. Not as many opportunities as it can easily be done slowly in day sails
by a couple.
Yachts enter the Pacific via Panama canal
to time the end of the Pacific cyclone season around March and sail till the Cyclone season resumes around October, so most Pacific crewing
opportunities would be sitting in Panama
from March onwards, or perhaps Fiji
around October looking fro boats headed to NZ or Aus.
Jimmy Cornells world cruising routes book will give a better more detailed description of best times of year to make passages. Id suggest googling sailing rally's as they all tend to go fairly early and it will give you a good idea where to start and probbaly contact details for participants to email
for crewing opportunities well ahead of time.
Anyone looking to crew should definately school
themselves on the various conditions expected and not trust the owner/skipper to do this. A lot of yachts sail off season and this can be fine, but crew need to be aware of the risks and how they are mitigated.
If you are writing an article to assist people to find crewing postions, I think it would be critical to add in that article, or write a seperate one on how to qualify and asess the potential risks involved, with questions to ask the skipper/owner regarding suitbility of vessel, skippers experience, references
, timelines, safety
equiptment, etc, which is much more important than simply getting your ass on a sailboat...