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02-20-2013 12:44 AM
SchockT
Re: How do u find good crew for a race?

Yeah I think hitting up the sailing schools would be a great idea. The fact is, older boats like yours don't have the same appeal to experienced racers, so if you don't have experienced buddies to come out with you you have to train a new crew. It would be good to get at least one experienced "crew boss".
02-19-2013 09:53 PM
SHNOOL
Re: How do u find good crew for a race?

What's crew?
02-19-2013 09:16 PM
NewportNewbie
Re: How do u find good crew for a race?

Thx...I have a great guy that I bought teh boat from...he just is unavailable that weekend. So I am looking for a few guys. Got one from work, and would like a guy thats "seasoned" if possible since it would be some night racing. Also would be in the Cruz No Spin class so I dont expect there to be too much work involved.
02-19-2013 09:11 PM
GeorgeB
Re: How do u find good crew for a race?

Mark, You are not too far off (except for the accent). The California NYC is populated with Hollywood types, real estate developers and other assorted nouveau riche. For example, the radio talk show host, Dr. Laura Slessinger, is a member. I have reciprocal privileges with pretty much every other club in California except NYC. Go figure.

Newport, doesn’t the Santana have a crews list you can use? Also, ask around the dock and work too. It is amazing what falls out when you shake the tree. As a new skipper, try to find one good guy to be your mentor. Next in line would be a good bow guy. You will only have to make a few gybes on that race but half will be after dark. Also, remember all the advice about being a good skipper (you buy the first round at **** and you do the provisioning). As a new guy, you can’t promise your crew the glory of winning or be in position to offer them a bunch of swag, but you can keep them in beverage and sandwiches. You want them to enjoy themselves (while you flog ‘em around the race course). If I didn’t live in NorCal, I’d certainly offer my services.
02-19-2013 09:07 PM
tommays
Re: How do u find good crew for a race?





In the 80s it was hard to find good crew so my now gone friend Robert Melrose started a J24 program using juniors and we developed a pretty solid group of young ones that went on to do the same



My friend with the microphone Joe found all of us from adds in the local pennsaver and invested the time to build a solid core group

We do very well with a mix of male/female between 15 and 70 something and are still adjusting to the passing of are oldest crew who still trimmed a bad ass mainsail at 93

It takes a LOT TIME AND WORK and we will start meeting weekly in march about 1 month before the boats are launched to plan are 2013 goals
02-19-2013 08:59 PM
NewportNewbie
Re: How do u find good crew for a race?

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Originally Posted by Philzy3985 View Post
Maybe head over to the OCC sail building. The employees there would probably be able to point you in a good direction, if not know some people directly to refer you to. Wouldn't hurt to stop in and ask someone at the front desk or something.

I imagine people taking higher-level courses, or the instructors themselves, would be waiting for opportunities like this.

I'd certainly do it if I still lived in Newport, that's for sure!
Good idea! I actually took a few classes at OCC. Maybe have a flyer and drop it off?
02-19-2013 08:51 PM
hellosailor
Re: How do u find good crew for a race?

newbie, I'd suggest there's no shortcut.

Consider, there are only so many good crew to go around, and they've already earned seats on boats. What's left are the folks with no obiligations, yet. So they'll also be newbs. Or, many will be unreliable and show up or not depending on the phase of the moon.

So you ask around, interview around, and start building a crew. Which will take time. No shortcuts to that.
02-19-2013 08:24 PM
Philzy3985
Re: How do u find good crew for a race?

Maybe head over to the OCC sail building. The employees there would probably be able to point you in a good direction, if not know some people directly to refer you to. Wouldn't hurt to stop in and ask someone at the front desk or something.

I imagine people taking higher-level courses, or the instructors themselves, would be waiting for opportunities like this.

I'd certainly do it if I still lived in Newport, that's for sure!
02-19-2013 07:58 PM
NewportNewbie
Re: How do u find good crew for a race?

Im sure both Newport clubs are very similar...lol..
02-19-2013 07:45 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: How do u find good crew for a race?

Yeah, I know what you mean.
Not throwing the race card in, either, but theres I have never come accross a African American cruiser as far as I am aware... nor any other race but white europeans, except for some Japanese (normally solo sailors), 2 malaysian families in Malasia and ... ummm thats about all.

Weird stuff


BTW I was making a joke at the Rhode Island Newport Yacht Club, not yours


All the best


Mark
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