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Old 20-04-2020, 16:48   #1
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New sailor wanting to build up yacht miles in the UK

Hello all,

I am a 27 year old ex dinghy racer and would like to get some more experience sailing yachts. In March 2020 I got 400 miles crewing experience on a 60ft Ketch off the coast of Mexico and loved the big boat sailing. I was supposed to go all the way to Panama on the boat and get 1500+ miles experience however I had to return to the UK because of COVID-19.
I would like to go onto doing my RYA Day skipper but would like to build up some sea miles first. I have looked online and there seems to be a lot of these 'mile building weekends' available with RYA schools but they run into the £100s for each weekend.

Does anyone know of a cheaper way to build up miles? Is there a community for people who help budding new sailors get some miles in? I would be happy to cover the cost of my food expenses and a bit more but i cannot afford multiple weekends of £200+ at an RYA school.

I understand that due to COVID-19 there may not be much right now but i just wanted to tap into the cruisers' forum knowledge to start with. I am currently living in Milton Keynes (UK) with easy access to Southampton and the coast.

Thanks,

Andrew
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Old 21-04-2020, 03:48   #2
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Re: New sailor wanting to build up yacht miles in the UK

Have a look at Crewseekers
There may be other similar sites.

Maybe look for Facebook groups and offer your time?
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Old 21-04-2020, 07:42   #3
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Re: New sailor wanting to build up yacht miles in the UK

Also pass your name around yacht brokers

They are in contact and solving problems for owners

Other connections are sailmakers , marine insurance companies

A decent crew who has the free time to be free , is very valuable and hard to find
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Old 21-04-2020, 09:01   #4
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Re: New sailor wanting to build up yacht miles in the UK

Offshore Passage Opportunities - www.sailopo.com - is another site connecting people for crew opportunities.

It will be interesting to see how the whole "bringing crew aboard" thing will be affected going forward.
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Old 23-04-2020, 23:56   #5
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Re: New sailor wanting to build up yacht miles in the UK

You can try posting on the ybw “crewing opportunities” sub forum:
https://forums.ybw.com/index.php?for...ortunities.62/
It doesn’t seem high volume but you may get lucky
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