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Places to crew in SF bay

Hey folks,
As you can see from the number of posts, I'm as new as they get here.

Spent the spring in the BVIs with friends and caught the bug...in a big way.
I've been going through the asa courses (on bcc now), I got out and practice at least once a week on a capri 22, and it seems that one of the best ways to really learn is to get out there and crew for one of those friday night races on the bay.

My question is do you have any recommendations for YCs to hit up for a beginner? I'm perfectly fine being a sandbag...just want to learn.

Oh, and I live really close to the Berkeley Marina but am willing to travel.

Thanks all!
Jason
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You can show up early at the docks with your jacket and a six-pack and a smile. Also go to the various clubs after the races and look for a ride. Also check out the Lattitude 38 crew list
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Try Cal Sailing Club to meet people and get out on the water. Berkeley YC beer can races: Berkeley Yacht Club Friday Night Races . And for good advice, Need a Boat for Friday Night Races or Chowder Races? Once you get to know a few people and you're reasonably competent on a boat, you'll be able to sail all you want.
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It's not uncommon for racing skippers to be looking for crew just before a club race. The trick is to find out when and where to meet.

Just contact the yacht clubs in your area and ask them. There are races other than on weekends as well. Make sure you're not late and you have the personal gear you'll need with you.

It won't take you long to find out which skippers are the yellers and which ones have the patience to teach you. Keep an open mind and realize each skipper does things a bit different and so does each boat.

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A easy fleet to start in is the SF Santana 22 fleet, google their website and send a note.

Another possibility is Spinnaker Sailing on Pier 40, ask for Drew Harper a d tell him WD Schoyk Sent you. they are a School but Race extensively
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hey, thanks so much guys. will check all of these options out.
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