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GDSimmons 02-05-2013 04:11 PM

What if I get that call?
I'm sure this Thursday, when I attend the Genesee Yacht Club (Rochester, NY) meeting as a guest, I will get all sorts of information about what a newbie needs to bring on the first day of sailing.

Nevertheless, I'd like to hear from you as well. I get that call, "Greg, race tomorrow at 6 PM, we could use you for the crew..."

What do I show up with? My list so far:
*athletic wet suit (short sleeve/short pant kind)
*sailing shoes
*gloves (rated for sailing)
*tightly secured hat
*athletic shades??
*shorts/pants & T-shirt/long sleeve shirt to wear over the wet suit depending on weather
*small duffel bag to carry any of my belongings/secure them while underway e.g. watch/cell phone/wallet, etc.
*silver platter - cuz I know I'll get my rear handed to me the first time out LOL

Now I know some of you are laughing because I'm might be way be waaaay off base but hey, I have no shame in my newbie game. I'm using your feedback so when I get that call, I'll have a good idea of what to discuss with the skipper prior to arriving at the dock. Moreover, I'll know what I should be purchasing now in the off-season versus rushing to West Marine the night before to find my size or item is sold out!

Thanks in advance,

Tim R. 02-05-2013 04:27 PM

Re: What if I get that call?

johnnyquest37 02-05-2013 04:30 PM

Re: What if I get that call?
Not sure what kind of boats you plan to be sailing, but if you need a wet suit, we are not talking a regular production boat.

Here is what I tell my crew about packing for the trip:

The general rule is to pack light. Figure on wearing items more than one day, wearing only one or two pair of shoes, and only bring one jacket. In cold weather, plan on layering your clothing as opposed to having several different weight coats and jackets. Pack your things in a soft-sided gym bag or duffel bag instead of in a hard-sided suitcase or trunk. Start with a smallish bag and resolve to fit everything in it. If it doesn’t fit in the bag, leave the item at home.

Try not to bring items that are already on the boat. No need to bring corkscrews or first aid kits, for example. We have them aboard. Also, be wary of bringing coolers. There are few places to properly secure them and we have a cooler and an ice box on board already. Consider, too, that we only have access to alternating current when we are at the dock. Your blow dryers, blenders, and anything else that plugs in won’t work after we cast off.

Plan on the worst possible conditions when choosing foul weather gear and cold weather gear. Take a look at the forecast, add a grain or two of salt, and pack accordingly. If you are joining us for more than three days, assume the forecast is pure fiction and just figure that the worst weather appropriate for the season will occur.

It is generally dry below decks, but we have shipped a wave on occasion and sometimes rain works its way below, usually directly onto your gear. Even if your bag is water proof, place your items in ziplock bags or secured garbage bags before packing them so that all your gear stays nice and dry.

Suggested Packing Lists
* denotes items that we normally have on board, but some folks prefer to bring their own

For a daysail:

Sunscreen* Wide-brimmed hat Lip Balm
Rigging Knife Whistle* Life Jacket*
Swimsuit Towel Boat Shoes
Foul Weather Gear Fleece/sweater Sunglasses w/strap
Sailing Logbook Sailing gloves Hat tie down
Eye drops

For a weekend cruise, all the above items plus:

Linens / sleeping bag Pillow Personal Medications
Toiletries Going ashore shoes Pajamas
Snacks* / gum / mints Book to read Shower shoes
Knee pads Change of clothes Hair ties

For a three to five-day cruise, all the above items plus:

2nd change of clothes Earplugs Sleeping mask
Strobe / MOB Light Personal flashlight Cell phone charger
Harness and tether Snorkeling mask Watch cap
Alarm clock Back up eye glasses

For more than five days, add:

Passport 3rd change of clothes Laundry bag

rugosa 02-05-2013 04:35 PM

Re: What if I get that call?

Originally Posted by Tim R. (Post 986133)

Check! Never arrive empty handed:D Leave your ego at the dock, there are probably a few aboard already.

eherlihy 02-05-2013 04:56 PM

Re: What if I get that call?
What kind of boat will you be racing on? There is a big difference between frostbite racing on a Soling, and the Fugawi.

One thing that I would add to your list for either race is bottled water.

Barquito 02-05-2013 06:03 PM

Re: What if I get that call?
I would hope that if they were going to have you crew, they would have previously had you out a few times day sailing. From those trips you will be told, or figure out what you should bring.

Donna_F 02-05-2013 06:50 PM

Re: What if I get that call?
When you get the call, ask. You also don't want to take anything that the skipper is already supplying, especially if he/she is one who worries about every superfluous ounce of weight on the race boat.

jasenj1 02-05-2013 08:05 PM

Re: What if I get that call?
I'm a newbie so can't post links. Google "Start Sailing Now". That site has very good info for getting started, including how to dress.

Don't forget the beer, or cookies, or Gatorade. Something tasty to share.

A good pair of fingertip-less gloves are one of the best purchases I made for crewing.

Be on time. No, be early! You can help get the boat ready and meet the other crew.

I started sailing by showing up on the dock on race evening and asking around if anyone was short-handed. After bouncing between a few boats over the next several weeks, I finally settled in with a J/30. I've been sailing with them going on three years now.

benesailor 02-05-2013 09:00 PM

Re: What if I get that call?
Beer and dress for the weather.
If you meet some nice folks; later on you'll need that passport for that trip to Toronto.

chucklesR 02-05-2013 09:32 PM

Re: What if I get that call?
Ask, then - Everything the skipper says to bring, and not one thing more.

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