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Sabbatical in 2014

I'm a 55-year-old lawyer in Seattle Washington. I can take a 3-month sabbatical in 2014 and am interested in finding an ocean sailing opportunity for part of it. I've been sailing all my life and I'm an experienced club racer. I've bareboat chartered in Greece, Turkey, the BVI and Puget Sound. I would love to find a crew position for an ocean passage in Spring 2014. I expect to pay my own way. Any advice out there for good resources to find an appropriate opportunity, other than SailNet. Thanks.
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Welcome, Ross.. have you looked into your local chapter of the Blue Water Cruising association? Esp in our area, many Mexico bound cruisers are looking for extra hands for the relatively arduous part of the trip between the PNW and soCal.

Also, if it's a Vic Maui year, return delivery crew spots are often available (the less desirable trip, but usually less costly) I'd expect the same for Transpac events too.

Just do your due diligence and be certain you're comfortable early on with the people involved.. there are few more escape-proof environments than a small boat at sea.

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Re: Sabbatical in 2014

A 55 year old lawyer dies and goes to heaven.

At the pearly gates, he says "I'm too young to die".

St. Peter says, "according to our records, you're 84"

The lawyer says, "I'm 55, how did you get 84?"

St Peter replies, "we added up your billable hours"

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A sabbatical sounds like a great idea to get the math to work again.

You might also look for deliveries or returns from races to Bermuda. Good ocean experience, but only lasts 4 to 7 days, which is much better than 20 or 30 in the Pacific.
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Do a search for web site offshore passage opportunities. Hooks people with boats doing ocean passages with those looking to crew.

You will regret the things you did not do, more than the things you did.

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Re: Sabbatical in 2014

I also live in Seattle and just finished a 3 month sabbatical.

We live in some great cruising grounds and I really enjoyed spending a month cruising BC and the a later 2 week trip cruising the San Juans. If I were doing it all over again I'd probably have spent the month cruising BC, then kept going and have gone around the rest of Vancouver Island. It's beautiful up there and plenty of company, so I'd have felt pretty comfortable single handing more of it.

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Do a search for web site offshore passage opportunities. Hooks people with boats doing ocean passages with those looking to crew.
Offshore Passages Opportunities website is Offshore Passage Opportunities: Halesite, New York . I was a pro skipper for OPO for a while. Highly recommended. I suggest you schedule a phone call with Hank Schmitt to discuss what you are after. I'd be happy to talk to you also to help you find a gig. You might also try to connect with Jon Eisberg on this forum.

There are lots of options: deliveries, race backhauls, tall ships. supplemental crew on cruises, training sails - some pay, some are paid, some are show up and sail w/ onboard expenses covered.

Give some thought to what your priorities are and what you want to walk away with in terms of life experience.

Regardless, best of luck.
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Thanks for all your very helpful responses!
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