They aren't looking for crew...they're looking for free labor by someone willing to subsidize their delivery...
Feeding the crew of a boat is pretty much a cost of doing business. Do you think the people who work on off-shore oil rigs or on the big ocean-going ships PAY FOR THEIR MEALS... no, because they're on-call 24/7. It isn't a vacation as the OP would like to present it. You don't really have an option of saying, "No, I don't think I'll help sail the boat today, it's my day off..." Spending the day doing nothing productive is an option on a vacation, not on a delivery... this is clearly a delivery.
Yes, there are people who are willing to pay to do this on a luxurious 72 Swan or something. The OP is talking about a 36' CATAMARAN... not the 72' Challenge Boat you're talking about. It's a small sailboat...not a luxury yacht.
You're comparing apples and oranges, which is pretty hypocritical considering what you're saying to Ughmo2000. If this was a Swan 65 or something equally luxurious, or a boat with some historic meaning, like an America's Cup racer, that you might never get a chance to step aboard otherwise, then your argument makes sense. A 36' catamaran is much like Ughmo's house...no one really dreams of sailing across the Atlantic in it.. None of the boats in the ARC that are charging passage are 36' LOA I'm willing to bet, and most of the boats are over 45'.
WHOOSH!!! That's the sound of the point going completly over your head.
A Challenge boat is not a luxury boat by far, they were designed and built to "race" around the world upwind. Most of the charter boats in the fleet are not luxury cruisers, even though Brits refer to them as yachts, they are just called sailboats here. A Bene 40.7 probably has less interior space than a 37' cat, but if you were to want to do the trip on Coyote it would cost you $3700. And even though you are paying to be on the boat you will still be reqiured to stand watches and assist in the day to day operation of the boat. Also most of the charter boats are dry, as in no booze while underway.
For some people having to get out of bed at 3:00 am to stand watch alone at sea on a sailboat is a tedious chore, for me it is pure heaven. But I guess we won't ever agree on this point so no sense beating a dead horse. My main point is when someone post a crewing opportunity they shouldn't have to be subject to ridicule and childess name calling.
And that is about the last I will have to say about it.
Snowflake, Believe me if I could get the time off I would be on my way already. A friend of mine was hired to skipper one of the charter boats down from England, she left last week, (with crew paying $1500 for the experience) and then she'll take it across with the ARC. I could have joined her on the trip down for 20 quid a day, but this is our busiest time of the year.
I will be in St. Lucia for my annual Christmas/ New Years charter through the Grenadines. I join the boat on Dec. 16 and the charter starts on the 19th. We are usually docked on F dock at the marina in Rodney Bay. If you are there around that time drop me a PM and maybe we can get together for a beer, I would like to hear how the trip went.
Stay safe and good luck in your trip.
PS: if it was me I'd sign up that young girl from Poland for the crossing.