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Rail meat available in Chicago.... Whenever that's possible

Hi everyone! Call it cabin fever, but I wanted to hop in here and volunteer as a totally green, but eager and intelligent, crew member in Chicago and the surrounding areas.

No, I don't know how to tie that knot or what to call that piece of hardware. Yet. But I can take a joke and a command and will soak everything up like a sponge.
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Re: Rail meat available in Chicago.... Whenever that's possible

Check into local sailing clubs. There may be meet-and-greet events for skippers who are looking for crew for the coming season.

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Re: Rail meat available in Chicago.... Whenever that's possible

If this is really something you want to do, why don't you get ahead of the game and learn to tie the 4 basic knots all by your self? A bowline, clove hitch, square knot and half hitch. Not at all hard to do.
As for terminology, again this is something you can do on your own, no need to bother those aboard the racing boat you obviously want to join, with something so basic. Come to the party as prepared as possible, would be my suggestion.
I highly recommend Royce's Sailing Illustrated as a basic primer. It covers just about everything one needs to know to safely handle a small craft in a fun yet comprehensive format. From anchoring to boat nomenclature and even splicing, it's got most of what you'll need for getting started, yet is still a good reference book for the most experienced of us. No preachy tome here.

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If this is really something you want to do, why don't you get ahead of the game and learn to tie the 4 basic knots all by your self? A bowline, clove hitch, square knot and half hitch. Not at all hard to do.
As for terminology, again this is something you can do on your own, no need to bother those aboard the racing boat you obviously want to join, with something so basic. Come to the party as prepared as possible, would be my suggestion.
I highly recommend Royce's Sailing Illustrated as a basic primer. It covers just about everything one needs to know to safely handle a small craft in a fun yet comprehensive format. From anchoring to boat nomenclature and even splicing, it's got most of what you'll need for getting started, yet is still a good reference book for the most experienced of us. No preachy tome here.
I'm doing a lot of those things! The line about the knots and vocabulary was just to paint a picture. Would have been more accurate to say that I've been reading, but I haven't been sailing. Yet.
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Re: Rail meat available in Chicago.... Whenever that's possible

I had good luck just showing up at CYC on a weekend (couldn't get in to my wife's convention) and asking around. I looked for boats that seemed like they could use more people. Upshot was that I ended up being asked back & crewed on two CHI-MACs, while living in CT. Willing crews are valuable commodities!
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The best thing you can do is arrange your life and work schedule to be at a race as often as possible. The more you race, the more you'll learn and the more you'll be known around the yacht clubs. Continue reading, practicing knots and show up during the start of race season, you will soon have more opportunities than time on your hands.

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