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post #12 of Old 06-13-2011
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Pacific Cup (SF to HNL), or TransPac (LAX to HNL) are something that you work towards. There are requirements for single handers, qualifying races, and the like, along with a financial commitment to prepping the boat for PIYA cat 1. Most who plan on going work pretty hard at it from about 12 months out. For Adam, unless you're a known entity, it's nearly impossible to put up a phone number and get a call from a skipper looking for crew a couple of months before the start. People (and their potential crews) plan this years in advance many times. Give yourself a couple of years unless you already know a skipper and a boat planning to go. You'll have to commit to their program NOW. That generally means both sailing, helping with boat work, and being rock solid dependable both on shore and on the boat. The boat, nor the ocean care about the gender of the sailor. Work on your weaknesses methodically, and commit to a time line. If it's within your financial means and time restraints, just go!
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