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bluesea23 08-12-2006 02:06 PM

Amature woman looking to crew Mexico/Carib November 2006
Im a 23 year old woman looking to crew for my first time. I will be travelling from Vancouver down to Mexico/Latin America in November 2006.

I am looking to crew for my first time and learn all I possibly can, and have an adventure while I'm at it! I am very hardworking, fit, a strong swimmer, quite handy, have a great sense of humour and can/certainly will cook! I would love for someone to take me under their wing and teach me what they've learned. I'm clearly not looking to be paid, perhaps just board for my work.

I'll be happy to talk to anyone for further info, and would gladly share anything about myself you'd like to know. I'm not picky, It'd be great to join a family, group of friends, group of travelers, whatever!

get back to me at

Cruisingdad 08-14-2006 11:28 AM

I just saw your thread.

Most of the sailors I have met are really good, very honest people with lots of integrity. That would be MOST of the sailors. I have met people I would not want to be on the same dock with... much less the same boat. Any boat can become a very small place very quickly.

As a young, 23 year old woman... PLEASEEEEEEEE be extrememly cautious on who you sign up with for something like that. PLEASE!! Please do your references on THEM and put in place a float plan that includes all of your relatives knowing who and where and when you are going with. Please run the sex offenders registry before you even consider stepping on their boat. Make them provide a resume with references to make sure they actually know how to sail!! If they do not want to do that, don't go. The Pacific can be very dicey... and that is an understatement.

If you want a water adventure, why don't you consider signing up with a cruise line and crewing on that. You will see a lot more places, rest a lot more confortably at night, meet a lot more people, minimize the whole sex predator thing, and get paid for doing it.

Just my opinion. I am not your father, just a concerned father.

sailingdog 08-14-2006 11:44 AM

Cruisingdad has some very valid points... which I agree with completely. You also might want to look at crewing via a short-term crew placement company. If you're determined to sail on a smaller boat, then you definitely should get references and such.

A good way to meet prospective sailors and boats is to join or hang out at a local marina or yatch club. That way you can meet the people in a less dangerous setting, and may get some good experience, references and possibly referrals that way...

A float plan is also a very good idea... not just for your safety, but for the safety of the boat in general.

Another possible route is to sign up with a windjammer type company as crew.

MoontideC30 08-14-2006 11:48 AM

There is a girl, Liz Clark, who is currently sailing around the world on surf adventures. I believe her boat is in Costa Rica right now waiting out the Hurricane season. She is from Santa Barbara and may be home right now.

I know that is not where you were planning to go but from what I have read it may be a good match for you. Read about Liz and her friend Shannon at

sailingdog 08-14-2006 11:55 AM

Last post on Swell's website said she and Shannon were head back to California.

Cruisingdad 08-14-2006 12:05 PM

I also do not know what all the req's are, but check in with Sunsail, the Moorings, and many other charter companies and see if you can crew as a chef for them on a crewed boat.

bluesea23 08-14-2006 07:04 PM

Hey everyone, thanks for all the advice!

Don't worry about me I'm prepared to take as many precautions as possible. Thanks cruisingdad, you sound like my dad :)

Ideally I'd love to just be on a relatively small boat as opposed to just working as a cook or whatever. I suppose I could just sort of hang out when I get down there, and see if I can get any connections that way, I just wanted to look around to see if I could possibly arrange anything before hand, and check out the options.

Anyways, I don't really have a set schedule or plan, or even know exactly where I'll be. I do know I'll be around Mexico/Caribbean/Central America and around early November, so if anyone has any connections or info, I would absolutely appreciate it. Posting on here is great or you can mail me directly

capttb 08-15-2006 12:26 AM

Check the website for Latitude 38 I've attached here, they are based in San Francisco but are the main place people get crew for the Baja HaHa. Many are also coming down from your area, gives you an idea of what kind of boat and if it's a couple etc.

Cruisingdad 08-15-2006 10:11 AM

See if you can get ahold of Melanie Neal. She is the daughter if Tom Neale and lives on a 28 foot boat in south Florida. Melanie and her sister grew up on a sail boat and Tom and wife are very well known sailors. He wrote (and still may) many, many articles in Cruising World.

If you get the newest issue of Cruising World, get the email address of the editor and see if you can have a message forwarded to Melanie. SHe is about your age and would be a awesome source for information as I imagine she knows more about sailing and cruising than 90% of the people on this forum.

Other thoughts are to check out an all woman sailing school. See if you can talk to some instructors (who would be women) that would know the females there that might help.

I would really hesitate hoping on a boat with a group of guys heading south for the sunset. I will share with you a very, very true story:

We lived aboard on a marina in S Florida and always got out and walked the docks with our 2 year old. He was very friendly and was loved by everyone there. There was one gentleman in particular: He was an older gentleman, nicely kept, probably in his mid to upper 50's He would offer our son candy. I often stopped to talk to him and helped him out on a couple of projects. Turns out he was a repeat child sex offender. I want to stress that he did NOT do anything to us or child... but I would never, never have guessed. He was living on his boat, because on your boat most marinas will not run a background check.

Our new owners did.

PM our write back to us and let us know how it is going. If you are having trouble getting through, let me know and I will see if I can help. I do NOT know the Neals, but have found that the staff at Cruising World has always been helpful.

Best to you.

sailingdog 08-15-2006 10:37 PM

Bluesea23—Fair winds, and good luck with the travels... keep us posted.

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