I've come to you guys in need of help, I'm from southern California and have been on the water my whole life, be it surfing, diving, or spending weeks on Catalina fishing and hiking and I've spent a lot of time on/around boats as well. I have always had a huge passion for the ocean and sailing. I'm only 18 but I've pulled together enough of a budget for a bachelor pad-esque level boat that i can use to sail the coast as well as live aboard off Catalina. If I can pull it off I have a job lined up next summer in two harbors to facilitate the endeavor. Im looking in the 27 foot range and have read plenty of books on sailing and can theoretically sail on paper but i was wondering how I can gain first hand experience sailing offshore, excluding attending a sailing school. Are there any apprentice style deckhand opportunities for long distance sailing/racing that i can get into? thanks so much for the help.