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post #6 of Old 02-04-2010
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The marina rats might have told you that the internet is your only “real” shot, they neglected to say, for you, it is an extremely long shot. First, there aren’t that many pleasure boats that would even attempt this passage mid winter. Second, you know that this trip (leaving from San Francisco) will put you the furthest from land anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Just by putting a newbe like yourself, onboard will cause a dramatic jump on the owner’s offshore insurance rates. There are no dedicated cooks on boats that make the trip. The on-watch crew cooks the meal for that watch. 2,200 NM is a long way and everyone shares the steering and trimming. Given the insurance issue, food for three weeks plus the other shared expenses, it is probably cheaper to fly. The Pacific Cup starts in July and if you’re interested in going then, you can go on their website and put your name on the sailors looking for a ride list. You need to upload your sailing resume as well as things like your CPR and Safety at sea certificates. Who knows, maybe lighting will strike and you’ll find a ride. Keep us posted if you get on a boat and especially tell us of your experiences if you do get to make the journey.
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