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My name is David Jacobsson and I am a 36-year old physics teacher student from Sweden. I hope to join some crews during the summer with the ultimate goal of joining a crew crossing the Atlantic. As I have not worked on a boat before I can consider paying for my food during the first trips. I have spent a lot of time camping and hiking, can work hard and it is a long time dream to learn sailing.

My studies finish in early june, so from then on I am interested in joining and helping out with trips in the baltic/North Sea/Atlantic area. : )

David Jacobsson, Linköping Sweden.



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Hi David there are very few non North Americans on this forum. It is unlikely a Cruising Swede will find your post here. You may consider YBW forum which is UK based. You might want to visit large harbor towns in Sweden to see how to get onboard a cruising boat for the summer.
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Welcome. If you are anything like the Swedes I've crossed the Atlantic with, sailing is probably built into your Viking DNA! lol
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.
It would certainly help you in searching for crew positions if you knew the terminology (we sailors speak a different language) and a few knots.
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Thanks for the tip - I'll definitely check YBW out!
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Cool book! Looks like just the right size and concrete enough - thanks!
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