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ImpulseJC 02-03-2010 05:55 PM

sailing to hawaii from CA?
Hello all who may be reading! My name's Joel and I'm looking to sail to hawaii in a few weeks. Actually I'm ready and roaring to go at a moments notice! I'm just done with flying planes to get to my destinations. I've never sailed before but I do have great sea legs and a great mind to learning absolutely all new things in a blink of an eye! I am also wonderfully intrigued by the idea of sailing across the ocean to a faraway island. I'm 22 years old and have been traveling and backpacking for a number of years. I just moved to cali from colorado where I was proficiently navigating the wilderness. I love every aspect of the outdoors, and can't wait to conquer another terrain! Survival and level headedness in any situation is my forte :-)
Anyways, I am looking to find someone who is willing to give a young buck a shot at this amazing trip! I've been to the marinas around here and they all tell me that my only real shot is online, so here I am. Please make that a true fact by responding with some good news! I will be patiently and enthusiastically waiting for just that!

nissantwa 02-04-2010 05:14 AM

If you're sailing on someone elses boat, go for it. If you're thinking of going solo without sailing experience, don't go for it.

zz4gta 02-04-2010 09:36 AM

You'll be hard pressed to find someone who will take a total newbie on an open ocean pass to Hawaii. What part of CA are you in? Try finding a local boat to crew on for day sails first, learn how to sail, then look for a ride to HI.

ImpulseJC 02-04-2010 10:28 AM

i completely understand that it would be difficult for someone to just take a newbie, and i would love to find a local boat. i went to a few marinas already with no luck and i was told that the only real chance i have of getting out would be trying my hand online. I am totally willing to go on a few short day trips first with however was willing to bring me! and I am also told that the time to go is may-sept. That would be fine as well although I AM ready to go as soon as humanly possible! I just hope someone will find this post or some other that i've posted on other forums and give me the opportunity to prove myself

nissantwa 02-04-2010 12:29 PM

sailing to Hawaii
I apologize for my first post, kind of flip. After sleeping on it and putting myself in your place, I have some free advice. As mentioned in another reply, Winter is not a great time to be looking for a Trans-Pac berth from San Francisco. You'd be better off on the East coast, looking for a boat to Bahamas & beyond. Jet Blue and Virgin have fares that run about $200 r/t so not out of the question. A two day sail across the Gulf Stream is a good start. You'll know if you like it or not before you pull into Freeport. Then you can keep going or fly home. Hawaii? What if 3 days out you decide you hate it, you're hosed. As already mentioned, not many folks would need a newbie for a long haul. Just a thought but the Baha Ha Ha is a popular trip from San Diego to Mexico. Lots of boats looking for crew and just the leg from San Francisco to San Diego is a manly cruise. they have a website & crew list sign up sheet, Latitude 38 magazine is free at marine stores and champions that event. Start getting some experience by sailng the bay, maybe rail meat in a race or dinghy sailing. Read a blog or a book. Get some experience and make yourself marketable when you apply for a crew position. That, or learn to cook. That's the back door to cruising. Hope you like sailing. It's worth doing.

GeorgeB 02-04-2010 06:51 PM

The marina rats might have told you that the internet is your only “real” shot, they neglected to say, for you, it is an extremely long shot. First, there aren’t that many pleasure boats that would even attempt this passage mid winter. Second, you know that this trip (leaving from San Francisco) will put you the furthest from land anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Just by putting a newbe like yourself, onboard will cause a dramatic jump on the owner’s offshore insurance rates. There are no dedicated cooks on boats that make the trip. The on-watch crew cooks the meal for that watch. 2,200 NM is a long way and everyone shares the steering and trimming. Given the insurance issue, food for three weeks plus the other shared expenses, it is probably cheaper to fly. The Pacific Cup starts in July and if you’re interested in going then, you can go on their website and put your name on the sailors looking for a ride list. You need to upload your sailing resume as well as things like your CPR and Safety at sea certificates. Who knows, maybe lighting will strike and you’ll find a ride. Keep us posted if you get on a boat and especially tell us of your experiences if you do get to make the journey.

jrd22 02-04-2010 09:55 PM

Impulse- I realize that you know nothing about sailing let alone long ocean crossings, but come on, it's February (as in winter). I know you are anxious to start on your new adventure but how about doing some reading first. IF you do a minimal amount of research you'll probably figure out that now is not the time you want to head to Hawaii. Do you even know if you get seasick? Have you ever been out on the ocean even in good weather? Why would anyone want to take you along with no experience and no knowledge? Chances are you'd be sick as a dog for the first week, or more, which would make you less than worthless to the rest of the crew. It takes more than enthusiasm to cross oceans in small boats, do a lot of reading, beg a crew position on a local boat or take some lessons and get some time out on the ocean swells, you will then possibly be a candidate for a crossing. Not meaning to be harsh or dampen your enthusiasm and interest, but you have to be realistic.

imagine2frolic 02-05-2010 08:07 AM

I believe the screen name says it all!.:rolleyes: .........i2f

JimB517 02-05-2010 05:27 PM

No one is going to take you to Hawaii just like that but it would be real easy to get into local racing and get all kinds of rides in the bay, in the local ocean, coastal, and so on. You'll have to work your way up to get a shot on a trans-ocean race.

If you come to San Diego I'll take you out of sight of land and we can even do a few races. We'll see how you do.

Mojumbie2 02-07-2010 10:01 PM

Would there be no one sailing to Hawaii this time of year? If not, does anyone know if it's ever possible to catch a ride on any other sort of boat, cargo or whatever?

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