Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Oceanside CA
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Move to Australia or New Zealand
I agree with NolaTom start learning and sailing as much as you can now. Go to the buliten boards, marinas, and yach clubs to get on some boats before the season ends. If you want to learn to sail in January you might consider moving to the southern hemisphere.
There is some sailing and racing that goes on in the winter months in the US, but it is fewer and farther inbetween. The problem with this being a newbie is that the few boats going out will already be well crewed as only the committed are sailing throughout the winter and the boats will be filled already. My guess is there would be better opportunities on the west coast or FLA or Gulf Coast over the winter.
With no experience it is highly unlikely some one is going to provide room and board to you while you learn. You might have a chance to move to the Caribbean and hope for the best, but expect to support yourself through other work until you are a capable sailor and can help repairs etc.
Come summer you can learn to sail for free. Read as much as you can, start hanging out at the docks or yacht clubs around April and see about getting on some race boats or cruising boats.
Once you got a little experience under your belt more opportunities will come your way, the more time you spend at the marina the more ways you will find to get onboard. It does not take long to learn the basics but a lifetime to get become good. After a few months you could know enough to own your own boat or be able to honestly pimp yourself out in the Caribbean next winter.
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
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