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Old 10-07-2011, 18:08   #1
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Trying to Find a Way to Sail

Hi, my name is Frances,

This is on behalf of myself and my best mate lane. We are two 21 year old kiwis, desperate to get our foot in the door and learn to sail.

We don't have much experience sailing, but we're fit, passionate about learning to sail, have a good attitude and will give anything a go.

Our dream would be to one day sail the atlantic crossing on our own, but thats jumping ahead a fair bit. Right now, we would be stoked to find an opportunity to be on a boat heading anywhere with an experienced sailor or crew that would be happy to pass on some of their knowledge.

Like I said, we are passionate about learning, we also have a good all round attitude.

We have a range of skills too, Lane speaks Portuguese, I speak Spanish, We both hold NZ passports. We are fit and strong.

We're in Auckland at the moment, in a couple of months we will be in Brazil (still keen there), but we will travel for an opportunity to learn and get some miles at sea.

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Old 11-07-2011, 09:00   #2
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Re: Trying to find a way to sail

Welcome Aboard Cruisers Forum Frances
Formerly Santana
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Everyday is a good day for SAILING!!!!
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:18   #3
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Re: Trying to Find a Way to Sail

Best way to get on a boat is often to head down to the local races. There are often people looking for crew, no experience necessary. Even if they don't need crew, they may take you out because they might need crew next week and they don't want you to be discouraged. There is plenty of racing in Auckland!

That way, next time you post offering crew you can say, "Have been regular crew on a XXX for the last season, so I really know my way around a sailboat."
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:22   #4

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Re: Trying to Find a Way to Sail

Agree. Head to the yacht clubs and local races. Commit for a season and learn the ropes. Experience is nice but people always need crew and "rail meat". Racing will make you a greater sailor, and a lot of friends and connections.
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