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Hi All,

I'm wondering what people think of the use of crowdfunding to finance their sailing adventures. I have started to consider using something like gofundme to help offset some of my travel, food, gear costs, etc.. My biggest overall thing for this summer is some offshore racing on the West Coast (SoCal 300 and TransPac) and I'm from the East Coast.

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Somewhere between 3-6 times a year someone comes on SailNet hoping to crowd source their sailing adventure. I exchanged email and followed a couple of these folks in this process out of curiosity. Frankly they were not successful at raising anything other than from family and close friends and even then it was not enough to do much good. At best, if you are a really good sailor, you might be able to get a crew spot on a cruising boat or you might be able to sign onto some racing program at the lowest level and work your way up.

Otherwise, Plan 'B'-get a piece of cardboard and make sign that reads, "Aspiring yachtsman looking for help buying foulies" and stand in an intersection with a cup and let us know how you made out.

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I think is a very creepy thing to do.... YUCK
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If you could see me right now you would realize that I was ignoring your question. I would be thinking, did he really just ask that? and if i did answer your question I would suggest that you get a cup and a sign and stand on the end of the Jetty on race day and wait for one of the race boats to sail close enough and throw bags of money into your cup.

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Maybe if you offer something of real value to your donors, you might have something worth supporting.
Personally, I rather dislike people who want something for nothing. To me they are just parasites.

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Re: CrowdFunding

If by crowd funding you mean the various forms of personal financial support that some sailors and cruisers receive, then there are quite a few examples. The ones I’m aware of are mostly the Youtuber-types who provide a service that is valued by their supporters: their videos and ancillary stuff. I’ve also heard of some “good causes” that receive crowdfunded support. I’ve never heard of someone receiving support so they can go "offshore racing,” but I wouldn’t be surprised if that example also exists.

As far as I can understand it, those successful at this are selling a good and entertaining story. Flashing a bit of sexy skin seems to help as well.
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As far as I can understand it, those successful at this are selling a good and entertaining story. Flashing a bit of sexy skin seems to help as well.
Like an individual soliciting crew for his professional boat moving service...sounds familiar
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Like an individual soliciting crew for his professional boat moving service...sounds familiar
In his defense, I have never seen Dave post provocative pics of himself...
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In his defense, I have never seen Dave post provocative pics of himself...
For which we are all rather thankful.

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Like an individual soliciting crew for his professional boat moving service...sounds familiar
I don't think these are similar at all.

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