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What's the one thing you would have liked to have known....

... before you first crewed for someone on a yacht?
 
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Re: What's the one thing you would have liked to have known....

If you include crewing for someone for the first time on a sailing dinghy in a race ..... I would say that I would have liked to have known that those guys take their racing VERY SERIOUSLY and when the helm shouts Lee-Ho he expects you to move very quickly!

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Re: What's the one thing you would have liked to have known....

That it is bloody cold out there and grasping a cold metal wheel for a couple hours in an English February would utterly defeat my gloves. I was on the other hand quite glad that I had learnt how to tie a few basic knots first.
 

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Re: What's the one thing you would have liked to have known....

Knowing whether or not you get seasick would be handy, I suppose :)

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Re: What's the one thing you would have liked to have known....

... before you first crewed for someone on a yacht?

Do not join spontaneous sailing trips with people you do not really know on boats you have not seen.

You will get cold and wet, it pours on Bank Holidays.
Wait for Goretex, fleece, GPS and mobile phones to be invented.
24 foot might sound big after sailing 420 dinghys, but in the Channel in a gale is is no fun at all.
Bring food, because all the captain has done is get his girlfriend to make rancid ham sandwiches for an entire passage Portsmouth down to Weymouth.
The prevailing wind is from the SW so we will be beating into the wind all the way. And the captains girlfriend did not like tacking..

And should have brought your passport because the French like to see them.
This was August Bank Holiday 1973,
We ended up in Cherbourg instead of Weymouth.

The captain is crap at navigating, blames his RDF set [ remember those?] and we ended up off Barfleur against the tide banging down to Cherbourg. Took forever!

Those golden days of no credit cards, no cash machines and so on.
I was not allowed ashore and it was an altogether miserable experience. Its was all to do with the wind and the owners girlfriend.......... she went home on the ferry - I was a day late back at work. They did not like the 'I could not phone you from France' excuse.
 

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Re: What's the one thing you would have liked to have known....

Do not join spontaneous sailing trips with people you do not really know on boats you have not seen.

You will get cold and wet, it pours on Bank Holidays.
Wait for Goretex, fleece, GPS and mobile phones to be invented.
24 foot might sound big after sailing 420 dinghys, but in the Channel in a gale is is no fun at all.
Bring food, because all the captain has done is get his girlfriend to make rancid ham sandwiches for an entire passage Portsmouth down to Weymouth.
The prevailing wind is from the SW so we will be beating into the wind all the way. And the captains girlfriend did not like tacking..

And should have brought your passport because the French like to see them.
This was August Bank Holiday 1973,
We ended up in Cherbourg instead of Weymouth.

The captain is crap at navigating, blames his RDF set [ remember those?] and we ended up off Barfleur against the tide banging down to Cherbourg. Took forever!

Those golden days of no credit cards, no cash machines and so on.
I was not allowed ashore and it was an altogether miserable experience. Its was all to do with the wind and the owners girlfriend.......... she went home on the ferry - I was a day late back at work. They did not like the 'I could not phone you from France' excuse.

Sounds like something straight out of
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:)

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Re: What's the one thing you would have liked to have known....

As a noob, don't expect to do more important things than sit on the (nasty-nobbly-designed-to-bruise-soft-tissue-aluminium) rail and absorb the South Atlantic like a sponge...
 
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