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I am a recent college graduate, feel free to offer your condolences, and am looking to have a bit of adventure before getting tied down in this so called “real world.” I’d like to travel for awhile (most likely Europe) and do so as cheaply as possible. A major cost I’m looking to reduce is airfare, and I figure sailing across to Europe would make a much better story than 8 hours in a cramped seat. So what I was wondering is if anyone can offer any advice on possibly hitching a Trans-Atlantic ride on someone personal sailboat. Are there any yearly Eastward Trans-Atlantic races that need crewing? Are there any festivals/gatherings/reasons a large number of people sail out from this side of the Atlantic to any part of that side, and would be needing crew? Any popular ports of departure or time of year for departure? What’s a ballpark figure in terms of time to sail across? I don’t know much about Trans-Atlantic sailboat traffic so any information you could offer would be helpful.
Here is some personal information that might possibly help you. I am a 22 year old male currently living in Boston, MA. I am willing to travel anywhere on the East Coast to meet a vessel, or possibly meet you in the Caribbean/Bermuda if my travel there is not too expensive. I am willing to pay for my share of food/necessities (what would that typically run?) My only sailing experience is out on the Charles River in dinghies and day sailing on a friend's 33' Catalina around Buzzard's Bay. I'm by no means an accomplished sailor but I know how to use a winch and do what I'm told. I love to learn and I pick things up fairly quickly. I'm in decent shape. I currently work as an EMT in the city and so am used to stressful and panicked situations, and while I hope I'd never need to use it under sail I am fully capable of first aid and CPR/AED. I have no destination port in mind and thus I’m not terribly picky in that regard. I also do not have a departure date set yet, as I will be planning my trip around the best time for a ship to depart. I most likely will be flying back to the US since I won't have ample time or resources to plan a return voyage. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated, or if you have any other questions about myself feel free to ask and I’ll get back to you. Thanks.