Sorry about the long post.
I'm looking for the collective experience of this forum to help me make my decision.
My goal in 2019 is to cross the Atlantic in a sailboat (as crew).
Is this feasible for me at this point in my life?
through 106, 30+ charters (sailing Galveston Bay, usually in charge of the boat) 5 Offshore
races (Gulf of Mexico) as crew, watches, provisioning
week long catamaran charter
in the BVI
49, married, healthy, fit (run a dozen 5k races, a couple 10k and one half marathon each year). Veteran, business owner (technology related), firefighter, EMS provider.
Can take up to a month off.
Capable crew member
, mechanically inclined, familiar with 12v systems, I can cook.
Fire department shifts are scheduled 6 weeks out (need lead time before trip).
Difficult to take more than 4 weeks.
For those who have done a crossing, is my timeline too rigid for the type of flexibility required for an Atlantic crossing
My ideal would be to hop on a new Catamaran
and bring it to the Caribbean
But, I'd be happy to sail the Wanderer with the Harvey's (As long at it was safe)
I expect I need to keep the year open for this experience.
Should I just plan (rather than wait for) a sailing experience for 2019. (Charter in Thailand
Are the crewing
opportunities I'm looking for available to me?
Not asking for you to make my decision, I understand there are many variables. What would you do? Am I missing anything?
Thanks for spending the time to read.
I also appreciate any feedback you have.