Thanks to AJN for the find.
"And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand…"
As a skipper, I would have probably put ‘loyalty’ in there a few more times.
Coincidentally, there was a thread started on Sailing Anarchy discussing the same topic, although more slanted to getting on the fancier rides rather than to the novice. The user known as Blue Water Swimmer has the following advice:
Getting invited back
More tips from the thread:
BWS makes some great points above, prospective crew should take them to heart. Here are a few more:
And a few don’ts:
Finally, here are some crew list resources for you aspiring racers:
It’s noticeable that more men are involved in sailing than women. Since the Latitude 38 Crew List allows one to see the gender of participants (I can’t imagine why they think it is important), I thought I would do a little study. Results are as of today.
Racing Crew 189
Racing Skippers 33
Daysailing Crew 220
Daysailing Skippers 40
Cruising Crew 449
Cruising Skippers 122
The Latitude 38 Crew List Party is at 1800 hrs March 9 at the Golden Gate Yacht Club. Temerity Racing will be there to meet new crew prospects.
Maybe this guy could help me find crew…
NSL friend and shipmate Nat Criou gets a nice writeup in the Chronicle…
The first time Nathalie Criou sailed in the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, a whale came aboard. It sank the boat but not Criou’s enthusiasm for offshore long-distance racing. When she is on land, Criou, 36, is a product manager living in San Francisco.
Why: You feel both humble and powerful in the middle of the ocean. There is always something to learn.
Greatest accomplishment: Surviving a Moby Dick-descendant attack in 2008. We had to be rescued by a container ship. A few months later, I was diagnosed with cancer and made the whale the logo for my nonprofit ( www.beatsarcoma.com).
Gear you can’t live without: My Musto foul-weather gear and Dubarry Gore-Tex sailing boots. It’s the only way I can stay warm and dry.
Most annoying thing people assume about athletes in your sport: That it is expensive to get into sailing and that you need 1,000 years of practice before being able to do anything. It is very easy to get to crew on any boat for free and be trained by fantastic sailors.
Advice you’d give a rookie: Just being on a boat is tiring. Your body keeps working to maintain your balance even if you are just sitting around. So take it easy at first and let your body get used to the new motion – and drink loads! Being around water doesn’t make you feel thirsty, but you can dehydrate very easily.
- Sam Whiting
Tahitian/Abydonian beauty Vaitiare Bandera shows good form.
Since Joe’s postings have been sparse of late.
For October 5 (10/5) we are pleased to present a gallery of 105 randomized boat-babe pics. Some may have appeared before, I hope you won’t mind too much…
(Click each pic to embiggen.)
Sail World reports on the tragic, tragic situation of superyacht owners difficulties in hiring qualified crews for their mega-toys.
Not sure how one gets the crew assignment of bikini-bottom trimmer on this boat, please write if you have any ideas.
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