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Crewing on trans-oceanic bluewater passages isn't really a good idea if you have a day job to keep. Trying to sail to a set schedule is a good way to end up DEAD.
There are plenty of crew opportunities, but the best ones are usually via word-of-mouth. It would seriously help you if you had additional skills, like celestial navigation, watch keeping, cooking; and certifications, like CPR, First Aid, STCW 95, etc. and could list them when applying for a crew position.
Your best bet may be some of the bigger races, like the Victoria Maui race Plumper mentions. These races have set start dates and the average length of the race is fairly well known, within a day or two, so they can be planned for to some degree.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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