Hi, I´m Jess and I´m new to this forum and new to sailing in general.
I have a general question for all who are knowledgable and willing to take the time and answer.
I´ve been travelling in South America
and am in Colombia
at the moment. At the end of my trip money
has become an issue and I´ve been told by a couple of different travellers who are keen sailors that it would be possible to catch a boat
back to europe
, if I was willing willing to work
crew on the boat
in exchange for my passage
. This sounded to good to be true and I´m trying to work
out if it is.
My questions are these:
1) Is this as easy as it sounds? I have some very basic sailing experience from when I was in sailing club at school
years ago, but other than that am a total newbie to it and have never spent a length of time out at sea. I´m fit, smart and eager to learn, but is that enough to gain free passage
across the atlantic?
2) Is this really the wrong time of year to try and get a lift
from the Colombian carribean to Europe
what with hurricanes and storms in the carribean and atlantic?
3) Do that many ships leave Colombia
for europe, or is it possible to hop between boats and work my way eastward that way?
Thank you for reading this and for any and all advice that you can give someone who is very interested in starting to sail and really doesn´t want to buy a plane ticket home. Yours hopefully, Jess