I had some plans to do some cruising which fell through, and my cruising friends, now on baby leave, suggested I didn't have much to lose by going to the Caribbean
anyway; I did not disagree. The only downside is that I am now exactly where I did not want to be, another noob who wants to sail but does not have the means.
A few words about me. First of all I will be in St. Thomas on Monday (4/21), I am flying from my current
home in Stockholm Sweden
. I am an American citizen though, 25 years old, born and raised in Vermont. I am by no means an experienced sailor. I sailed Lasers and Sunfish from our summer home on Lake George (which my parents would have to pry me out of to get me to the dinner table) and have been a guest on several boats since then, but my sailing experience ends there. I have done a lot of reading, my latest book being "The new Complete Sailing Manual" by Steve Sleight (so now I can sail around my pile of books
. I do have five seasons of commercial fishing
experience out of Newport
R.I. and later the Gulf of Alaska
. I guess the most important skills I would transfer from that experience would be my ability to live and work
on a boat
, get along, and be exposed to just about the worst conditions the ocean has to offer. Maybe some marine diesel
knowledge would be applicable, and fish cleaning
. Professionally, I am a satellite navigation
specialist working here in Sweden
and very much looking forward to taking some time off to do some sailing. I am also a fairly serious armature runner, climber and (used to be) ski racer
. My goal is to learn some sailing skills and have fun, that said, I am not looking to just freeload on someone else's yacht. I am very hard working, drug and smoke free and I have plenty of references
(girlfriend, colleagues, roommates etc, just ask).
You can email
me directly via my account here, and if you want to spend your money
on international calls my number is +46703302611, otherwise I can do the calling.