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Is it possible or just a dream....???

It has been a thought for some time to sail to Hawaii, or beyond. As a landlocked sailor with little off-shore experience, I have seriously considered trying to crew on a boat going to Hawaii to see if I have what it takes to see some of the world on a boat of my own. I've been around long enough to know that sometimes reality gets in the way of dreaming. Here is my experience:
- ASA 101, 103, 104
- Chartered off of Southern California 2x for a week at a time
- owner of a 22' sailboat on a land locked lake. I get about 45 days under sail annually under a variety of wind conditions.
- Tremendous desire to learn all I can and push myself to become a first rate sailor

I've been sailing now for 3-years and know it is not a passing fad. I'm also old enough (51 years) to know my limitations. While I would really like to find an experienced captain and crew to learn from, but I also know that I have such little experience that I might just become a liability, i.e. seasickness, a lack of experience, etc. Day sailing on a lake and long distance sailiing on the ocean are two different things altogether. However, if these turn out not to be concerns, I have a career in high stress decision making, people skills, and a quality work ethic.

Am I just dreaming or is this a reality??? There is a tremendous amount of experience on the website and maybe some that have been in the same decision making situation as me.
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I have very little experience and me and 2 of my buddies are planning on crossing the pacific in May (with an experienced sailor).

Anything is possible and you only live once. Live is so short, enjoy it while you can amigo! Im only 23 and I plan to travel for the rest of my life
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NoWorries, I love your enthusiasm. I spent my first 30 years of life traveling around the world. I have been to over 60 countries, although 40 of them with the military, but the other 20 on my own accord and dime. That said, I love your mentality, it is mine as well. Life is short, and doing the crossing you are thinking of is going to be another great chapter in your life. I am sure that our predecessors were quite literally in the same boat, to go or not to go. Greatness comes from the unknown, as does danger. But if you do not go out there like that, then life can get long and boring. Kudos.

Seb5thman, I would say that you are doing well on the education. If I were you, I would do a bit more practice. I myself am a beginner and I took a 36ft out today, largest ship I've skipped, and it was a hell of a good ride. That said, I am sure if you chartered a bigger than 22 footer, you would do great. I mean, at NoWorries age, I would have taken too it in a Catalina 22 no prob, but at my little more seasoned (only 31 but things are starting to hurt, maybe I should slow down playing rugby) age, I am learning that more sturdy built boats sure handle much better in the Pacific. Like Jimmy once sang, you got to treat her like a lady.
I am rambling, but I guess my point is, go for it. In the end, you will have a great adventure and a life time of memories.
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While I have some appreciation for the 'go for it' attitude, my personality type is more of the 'if this happen then I will do this' attitude. In other words, I plan and research before just jumping in and try to base my plannning on the worst case scenario. Which is both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes one can over analyze an opportunity and miss it.

I do however believe that taking on an adventure such as sailing to Hawaii should take some serious consideration, and a realistic analysis of one's abilities. There are plenty of examples of poor planning that resulted in rescue at sea. Sure, things go wrong even on the best planned ventures, but I don't want to be a bad example!!!

Noworries87 is smart to bring along an experienced captain. The experience will be tremendous, and an experienced captain will not overlook the minor details necessary for a safe passage.

I'm sure there are others that were apprehensive and had similiar thoughts.
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While I have some appreciation for the 'go for it' attitude, my personality type is more of the 'if this happen then I will do this' attitude. In other words, I plan and research before just jumping in and try to base my plannning on the worst case scenario. Which is both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes one can over analyze an opportunity and miss it.

I do however believe that taking on an adventure such as sailing to Hawaii should take some serious consideration, and a realistic analysis of one's abilities. There are plenty of examples of poor planning that resulted in rescue at sea. Sure, things go wrong even on the best planned ventures, but I don't want to be a bad example!!!

Noworries87 is smart to bring along an experienced captain. The experience will be tremendous, and an experienced captain will not overlook the minor details necessary for a safe passage.

I'm sure there are others that were apprehensive and had similiar thoughts.
If you and the boat are outfitted and provisioned properly, and you pick the right weather window it will be a piece of cake. Bring plenty of stuff to occupy yourself with too, because it can get kind of boring after sailing 24/7for a week or more...But the feeling of what you just accomplished will stay with you a life time.
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JiffyLube, good point that I had not thought of about keeping busy. Although there is plenty of work to be done onboard, there is plenty of down time too.
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Seb5thman,

Here is another alternative. The School of Sailing and Semanship\Orange Coast College based in Newport Beach, Ca. offers berths on their Sparkman Stevens 65 - Alaska Eagle. The 2010 - 2011 voyage departs from Newport Beach, Ca. on October 30, 2010 for a 7 leg voyage to English Harbor, Antigua, April 29, 2011. Their is a skipper and first mate that work with each crew member for that leg helping them reach their indifivual learning goals. Berths can be purchased for one or more legs. There are some qualifications that you must meet relating to experience and you can find out what those are by going to the schools website at Welcome Aboard! | www.occsailing.com. I do not work for the school, just a satisfied student of their program.
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OP : Wow.. thats a marvelous goal. and being an extreme novice i cant think of doing that without someone whos done it before. im sure you can find someone who will pay for their own food. and fuel. might be a pain in the interview process though finding someone you trust with you and your boat in the middle of the ocean.
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Swadiver Scott, I looked at the information on the Alaskan Eagle and found it very interesting. Did you take one of the former voyages? It seems it is not just for college kids but also for those of any age looking for experience at sea.
Did you take the trip?
PS- I sent you a PM.
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