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Smile Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town.

Hello, this is my first post but I did not really know where to turn with the questions I have seeing as I do not really know anyone that sails.

I was wondering if it was possible to get on a boat from Rio or Sao Paulo to Cape Town and how I would go about doing that?

Cape Town is not necessary, anywhere along Africa or Europe even would be amazing. I just want to sail!

I have not sailed before. I have had some boating experience on cray fishing boats off the west coast of Australia and been on a couple of yachts but basically I am looking for a low position on a boat.

Any information anyone has on this subject would be very much appreciated.

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There have been many, many boats that have returned to Cape Town from the Brazil/Uruguay area following what used to be Cape-to-Rio and Cape-to-Uruguay races. These were deliveries and my recollection is that most dropped quite far south before heading east.

You may want to contact the Royal Cape Yacht club who could possibly provide a useful resource. Find them here: RCYC home. Also a routing chart of the South Atlantic would give some decent data.

Also, I wouldn't really recommend anywhere along the west coast of Africa other than Cape Town because most African ports are not accustomed to receiving non-commercial sailing vessels and the "formalities" can be burdensome. We once waited for three days anchored in the middle of a harbour before the local authorities even acknowledged our existence despite our continuous haranguing by VHF. If we hadn't gone there for a Fedex delivery of a vital part, we would have just left.

EDIT: Apologies, I just re-read the OP and realized that you may be looking for a crew position, not sailing your own boat. Ignore the above.
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Well, if you want to get onboard a boat making a passage like that, I'd recommend you register at Offshore Passage Opportunities: Halesite, New York . I'd point out that having skills like first aid, CPR, navigation, watch keeping, etc., will help make you a more valuable addition to a crew.
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Thanks guys.

I had my Bronze Medallion in Australia like 2 or 3 years back you need to do it every year to keep it but its first aid, cpr, swimming, life saving all that sort of stuff. So I suppose that would help. Watch keeping would not be a problem, navigation I do not know much about. I have done alot of hiking with maps and compasses but I am sure its completely different on the ocean.

If anyone else has anything else I would still love to hear also.
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