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Question about gaining experience

Grew up on Kent Island. Sailed before Uncle Sam tried to draft me (I joined before being “forced in”). Now retired (twice!) and have some free time. Took 101, 103 and 104. Loved it. Ready for more. Would like to help with crewing, deliveries, etc. The ASA site lets skippers advertise for crew but I haven’t found a site where a guy can advertise to crew. Any suggestions? Dingus
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Re: Question about gaining experience

Some suggest hanging around on race night. One of my local marinas/ clubs has a non sailor option with fee like 25$. I assume that can get you on a boat as crew for races. I work that night so havn't been. Others say they have trouble finding people to go with on any random day so putting yourself out there might help. Meetup.com has some boat groups you can get to know people. Some suggest hanging around the dock or marinas (again to meet all those people who can't find anyone to go with). Clubs also have regular memberships for people without a boat for reduced cost. Once i take the keel boat class i intend to exchange numbers or give mine to everyone in the class. I'm looking for someone to sail dinghies out of Norwalk and Longshore now and then. Must be spry and able to duck under the boom regularly.
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Re: Question about gaining experience

Where do you live? That will have a lot to do with it. There are sailors from all over on here so if you let us know where you are someone might suggest a club you can join or hang out at to get on a boat.

When I lived in San Diego i could sail 100 days a year without having a boat, between meetup and racing. If there is a meetup near you, you can join as a skipper and get people to help share cost of you renting a boat. I built up a lot of experience that way.

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Re: Question about gaining experience

Yes hang out at an active racing location, volunteer as ballast to start

Do not pay for the privilege, they should be paying you (but they don't 8-)

Get to know the liveaboard or frequently sailing skippers.

Sailing school instructors

Especially delivery captains and the guys who care for boats while the owner's away.

I lived on Tortola for a year low budget, racked up hundreds of days out there.

As you get good, in a chartering mecca like that, find a female partner, you can get paid, one cooks the other captains.
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Re: Question about gaining experience

ASA also supports the GoSailing "App" (more of a website IMHO). I picked up my crew for my fall trip from RI to FL here - twice!


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Re: Question about gaining experience

Since you are on the chesapeake, you might also list yourself on Spinsheets' Crew Finder: SpinSheet's Crew Finder
Crew finder is a free service intended to connect skippers in need of crew with crew in need of a ride.

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Re: Question about gaining experience

Thanks y’all! Good suggestions. I currently live in OK but I’m free to travel with enough notice. I’ve used the ASA website. Mixed results. Can’t advertise as crew on there however. Will check the MeetUp options. Really liking the ideas of helping with deliveries and helping someone that either doesn’t want to solo or someone that may have some limitations. Peace! Out!
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Just don't let them know you go by DirtyDungus (rotten to the core and mean as could be) or you may end up with someone who goes by HokeBirdsill coming after you.

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