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Old 18-07-2017, 17:47   #1
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I am going to be putting my name in the crew pool for the 2018 Vic/Maui Race. Right now I only have experience crewing in the local beer can races. What qualifications, and training should I get to be more competitive?
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. 2.2. At least two-thirds of the crew including the Person in Charge must hold a valid certificate for
a World Sailing approved Offshore Personal Safety course, with an expiry date no earlier than
the finish time limit.
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went to USA sailing, and could not find one of those course's being offered. any idea where I could find one?
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went to USA sailing, and could not find one of those course's being offered. any idea where I could find one?
Monitor the Vic Maui website for Safety at Sea courses.

Also subscribe to Shackles and Cotterpins, The Vic-Maui newsletter

Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Shackles & Cotterpins Newsletter

There will also be opportunities for return crews. (I may be bringing one back - PM me)
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I am going to be putting my name in the crew pool for the 2018 Vic/Maui Race. Right now I only have experience crewing in the local beer can races. What qualifications, and training should I get to be more competitive?
You will also have crew on some of the qualifying races: Swiftsure, Southern Straits, Oregon Offshore, etc.. Too late for the Van Isle 360.

It is a downwind race. Experience as a spinnaker and mainsheet trimmer, and helmsman (especially at night) is highly recommended.

Experience is more important than qualifications.
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Re: Blue water Certs.

Sounds like good advice so far! I might also recommend an advanced first aid course like WOFR (Wilderness Outdoor Frist Responder) which focusses on what to do when you can't call 911.
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