I’ve been wanting to blog this for awhile now but I didn’t want to say anything too early and get everyone hyped up and then not end up going. Or even worse, get myself hyped up and not end up going. But I can say it for sure now. I’m going sailing!
It all started about a week ago when I edited my sailing experience on the Latitude 38 crew listing website. I hadn’t posted anything since about October on the site and I’ve done a lot of sailing and dramatic learning since then so I figured I’d update my resume. Sure enough, within a week I had the owner of a 60ft ketch up in San Francisco asking for me to help him sail his boat to Hawaii. The photo posted at the beginning of this post is one of the boat I’ll be sailing. Her name is Etosha. For those of you who are interested in posting an add on a crew listing website or want to respond to adds by skippers looking for crew, I’ll explain how to do it and share the link to the site that I use at the end of this posting.
It was decided that a trip up and down the coast was probably best before heading straight to Hawaii. That way we can get the boat dialed in a little better and of course see if the two of us strangers even want to be stuck at sea with each other as the only ones on the boat for so long. After posting an add on Craigslist looking for a ride to San Francisco, I shortly received a few offers. I’ve decided that I’m going to drive up with an older man named Gary who happened to be a sailor himself and is heading up north to photograph some of my favorite spots along the coast of California.
After speaking on the phone, with Gary, I soon realized that getting up to San Francisco was going to be more of a road trip with a few campgrounds on the way and stops in some national parks here and there. So I’m leaving a few days early so I can fit time in for one of my favorite road trips. It just makes more sense that way. Why would I rush through such a beautiful place.
Two places we will be visiting for sure are the Monterey Bay Aquarium to see the new octopus and squid exhibit and the Point Lobos National Reserve. For those of you who’ve made the Highway 1 road trip before, know just how great Point Lobos is and I believe is arguably one of the nicest parks out there. Definitely very excited to return to it! Aside from those two places, everything else will be played by ear and we’re shooting to be in San Francisco by Sunday. Depending on how the weather is, we may shorten or lengthen the trip.
Pictures and new articles of my trip may be posted while staying at marinas but I’ll put together a special article at the end of the trip so stay posted. If you click on the subscribe button at the bottom of this page, you’ll receive an email every time I publish a new post to my blog. Wish me luck!
For those of you interested in furthering your sailing experience hands on and for a way to travel for cheap or even free, you can follow this link: Latitude 38 Crew Listings. Here you can fill out an application that allows skippers who are looking for crew to see what your experience is, what you can bring to the table, if you can help out with costs of sailing or not, and contributions like that. The form takes about 5-10 minutes to fill out. You can also choose where you’re trying to sail to or what kind of sailing you’re trying to do whether it’s cruising, racing, or just day sailing. It’s definitely worth ten minutes of your time because even if you don’t have any experience at all, as long as your attitude is good and you’re eager to learn and work hard, you actually have a good chance of getting on a boat with very little effort.
I have two suggestions to make, however! It’s important to not oversell yourself! You don’t want to be stuck out at sea or in conditions that you’re actually unprepared for or know how to help in. You’re only putting yours and everyone else’s life in more danger by doing that. Just be honest with yourself and everyone else. You won’t regret it! And if you want more experience, come out on my boat. As for number two, I suggest using good grammar and a rather “professional” email address in your post as that will go a long way considering most of these boat owners are of an older generation. It’s as simple as that! Best of luck and happy sailing!