Crew candidates will be expected to share food expenses. You should have an active passport and be financially capable of handling your personal expenses and possibly posting bond assuring return to the country of your passport on regular airline at standard fares. This is for the purpose of protecting the vessel should you or the Captain want you to leave the boat in a country that requires you demonstrate such ability.
You should be free of seasickness under normal conditions. Most of us can suffer in the extreme of sea and weather (hopefully not on this trip) but you will be expected to share watches and other ship’s duties. You also must be free of contagious disease and medical conditions that can be difficult to control.
Sailing and offshore experience are desireable but not essential.
There is no smoking, no drugs and no alcohol while underway. In port, light drinking is your choice; drunkenness can’t be allowed as it affects the ship and the rest of the crew.
Of primary interest is your congeniality. Passages are made most pleasurable when shared with people who pitch in, share interests, conversation and life experiences freely. Depression and resentment have no place in areas of small square footage. Special diets are not easy to handle at sea as the galley should only be open before regular meals. Any special requirements must be discussed before you join the yacht.
I have made use of crew not connected with family or long term friends on many offshore trips. The
first time the crew was a young Japanese man who sailed with my then wife and me from Japan to Seattle. This was a cold-water passage of 47 days. We shared common language but barely. We met with multiple gales and it was a wonderful experience. Masahiko and I remain in contact as friends. He was willing, interesting and enthusiastic. Often more than we were.
The second occasion was a Seattle to Hawaii passage where the crew was a very robust man I had known casually for a couple of years. He owned and lived part time on a sailboat. It happened he was fearful of seasickness and was on the patch for the entire trip. This caused serious “drug affected” side effect making him very unreliable as crew. I was in the position of baby sitter for the 22-day trip.
Mark Hubbard, came aboard in Hawaii in January 2004 and left from Fiji in June to return to work. He had almost no offshore experience, but was eager and willing to help with any boat job. He was a great dive buddy, fine watch keeper and brought repair skills that he applied willingly. He now could skipper his own vessel across oceans. He became a valued friend, welcome aboard anywhere we travel. A young French woman back packer joined me at Darwin Australia and sailed through Indonesia to Singapore, a 3000 mile, 3 month trip. She was inexperienced at sea, but a good water person, a scuba diver and a surprisingly fine cook. She was a good hand who learned to sail and stand watches safely.
The point is that many people of varied backgrounds have joined me as crew and had successfull experiences. Willingness to join in without being too special seems to be the key while being good , concerned company for each other. As in most things in life attitude is key.
Applicants should apply by email providing a bit of resume and a discussion of reasons for wanting to go. Provide a recent photo if available. Discuss the period of time you can plan to be available. I would like to get back to you by phone so please provide a number.