My wife and I sailed the 2017 South going Salty Dawg as crew on a good boat with owners who were too inexperienced to be allowed to enter alone...several charters and only a couple of night sails.
The pre-rally talks were good as was Chris Parker's weather info. I found all the commeraderie and SSB chat anoying but all in all they did a good job. For the first 500nm boats were close enough, 5-50nm, to have rendered assistance if needed.
Except for the herd mentality of leaving on a schedule I think the SD does a good job. Even though I think that the timing, after the last hurricane and before the first northern winter storm, is a fallacy.
Today we leave Wellington New Zealand heading for Alaska via Nuka Hiva and Hawaii with one inexperienced crew who has never been out of Biscayane Bay and in Hawaii we pick up 3 more of the same experience level plus someone who has got his Blue water experience sailing on Moon Dancer, the advantage of joining and training at a real sailing club Where Sailors Belong!
. My wife will get off in Hawaii. The next crewing opportunity is Alaska to Seattle in September.
For the first time we are using a weather router mostly because we do not have a good handle on the weather systems coming off New Zealand.
Chat in a month or so...Phil