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Old 10-04-2012
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Re: Signing up for races

The races that have websites that offer "signing up" to crew- are big-ticket events. The clubs that run these events pay hefty sums (a good chunk of the entry fee) to the software people who provide the service. The people racing in these events are not looking for pick-up crews. They are looking for people who have done three or four trans-pacs, along with occasional deliveries to the South Pole and/or Spitzbergen. You will probably have better luck contacting a local club's fleet captain or simply posting a card somewhere at a club near you saying that you are a willing learner and will show up when needed for midweek evening or weekend racing. Walking the docks on a race day can also work. In Chicago I got invited on two CHI-Mac races --- after I'd proved myself on a day race. In HyŤres, France, I found a spot on a 470 for the Olympic Classes Regatta there. Luck helps, but being realistic is also a good idea.
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