If you just want sailing experience, then many yacht and sailing clubs, regattas, and cruising rallies have crew lists. And, for example, the Baja HaHa has a crew list party. If you are instead more interested in paid work right away, you might look at something like hostess or deckhand work on a superyacht and then getting the qualifications to move into more professional positions. Getting jobs in the fringes of the sailing and boating industry -- such as being a clerk in a marine chandlery or sail loft might also help you get closer to a crew job. So might volunteering for regattas. As Bellerophon said above in the first response to your post, there are some very specific qualifications required by charter companies and many other employers, so the more you know about sailing and the industry, the better you'll be able to ask the right questions.
You'll want to let people know exactly what you can do, what you want to do and learn, and why people would want to sail with you, and why sailing with you would be a safe, reliable bet.
Last edited by rgscpat; 09-15-2010 at 08:05 PM.