Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Oceanside CA
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Learn to sail for free
I know its a little late, but when you are at the coast walk the docks, ask anyone on a sailboat where the racing occurs, check out the yacht clubs also. There should be races on Wednesday nights and weekends and maybe other nights for smaller sailboats. You can also post something on the yacht club web site offering your services, which is a hard sell if you have no experience.
Show up at the dock an hour or so before a race, carry a 12 pack ask people "are you looking for crew", make sure the beer is visible. If they ask what position can you fill, say "I can hang my feet over the side". With beer in hand you should be on a boat without having to ask too many times. After the race you can meet people at the yacht club, find more potential boats.
A larger sailboat has a large portion of crew that do nothing other than hang there feet over the edge, you position is called moveable ballast. A smaller or medium sized boat may actually put you to work grinding or more once you get things figured out. Try to get make it regularly on a boat and you will eventually be put to work on an easier task and could start to learn more about the boat. If you arrange your work schedule right you could be sailing many days a summer, with some reading and studying you can be an experienced sailor by the end of the summer. Then when you are looking for crew you will have some experience to list and it will be easier to get onboard.