Originally Posted by StephanieG
I might be interested. What other crew? Male, female, ages, experience... how old is Kat? In goodckbditiin? I assume you are experienced and healthy?
I crewed once and it was very bad - old boat, steering
broke between Bermuda/Newport, VERY inexperienced crew, bad decisions...
Glad you're interested and sorry you can't make it until the end of the week. Weather
looks good for a Tuesday departure. We're going.
You do ask good questions so I'm going to answer them.
I send my sailing resume to all candidate crew in advance of a phone
call. I'm a 56 year old male, lots of sailing experience, delivering for more than 10 years. Judgment (and thus decisions) is paramount for me. I write for sailing magazines and speak regularly and share with crew.
I have one other crew candidate with good experience who is mid-30s. If all goes well and we speak on the phone today he'll be confirmed.
I can only pass along what the owner reports until I see the boat Monday afternoon. The stories all hang together. I think the boat will prove to be in good shape. I don't leave the dock
if there are doubts. Safety
I fully understand that women
have some concerns about crewing
with people they haven't met before. I've had a number of women
crew with me, some multiple times. For women crew candidates I can provide introductions to past crew. I run an equal opportunity boat. Everyone is treated the same. No special treatment and no tolerance for untoward behavior. No pink and blue jobs.
I am your resource. As long as time is not pressing questions are always appropriate. I expect crew to get knowledge and not just experience from sailing with me. Part of my job is to make sure you get value for your time.
On my boat there is a crew briefing every morning (weather, sailing plan, Q&A) and I am always available. The only response you will ever get from me when you wake me up is "I'm coming."
Enjoy your holiday with your Mom.