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post #2 of Old 03-28-2010
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Racers want to fill their crews with the most experienced, skilled people they can find. If you have those skills, you're likely to get invited aboard. The last people chosen will be the ones with the least experience. If you don't have experience, then your best likelihood to get on board a racing yacht is to go to the docks from which racers are leaving on race day, and ask them if anyone needs extra crew. Often they don't need skilled crew. They just need extra crew on the rail. Go out with them, and watch, and listen, and learn. After you have developed some skills, you'll be invited back. The hard truth is that you have to learn and earn a position on a race boat. Don't think you're the only person with this problem. I have often had to prove myself, even though I've had a good racing record for 30 years. The skipper of a racing boat has no way of knowing how good you are until you show him. Don't be discouraged. It takes time.
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