If captains aren't willing to take a risk by bringing on a little new blood, then how do they expect the sport to continue?
I'm glad my captain didn't feel the way you describe. I was invited because although I don't know s---, I've been aggressive and soaking up every bit of knowledge with an open mind.
Sure, I was only rail meat but yesterday was probably the most exciting thing I've ever done. The skipper/owner and the rest of the crew are an outstanding bunch. No screaming, lots of laughter, very laid back. By only having the responsibility of being ballast, I was able to observe and learn so much.
I've been invited back for more. I'm sure that training for more advanced tasks will follow. I greatly appreciate the owner and crew taking a chance on me as a total newb.
S/V Old Shoes
1973 Pearson 30 #255