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post #2 of Old 06-22-2002
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Hawaii to New Zealand

Sorry, but my question is, as inexperienced sailors, why would you even think of trying this?

Get experience elsewhere before trying to get on an overseas voyage. Please do not try to land a position on a boat where you will be out of sight and sound of land and not have the experience to help in an emergency. You will only be endangering other''s lives, as well as your own. When you are 3,000 miles out, there are no mulligans.

Please be honest with the people you are interviewing with. Perhaps there are some who will be able to be well enough crewed to take you on short passages so that you can gain some offshore experience. That would be a great start.

Sorry to sound harsh, but I have been stuck with crewmen (and women) who lied about their experiences and when the crap hit the fan, they peed their pants (some literally) and refused to be pried out of their bunks to help lash down the mainsail so we could sail barepole.

As for the weather and times of the year, don''t try to reason with hurricane season, especially when you have little experience.

If you still insist on doing an around in the near future, please consider the nice cruise ship packages available.

Best of luck if you''re willing to learn,
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