What about sailing experience?
How much sailing experience do I need?
It depends on the race event. For most yacht racing events the training that we provide as part of the campaign is sufficient, that goes for regattas, the Fastnet, the Middle Sea Race and the ARC amongst others. If you have a sense of adventure and are in good health with an average fitness level then we want you on the yacht racing team! Our instructors and race skippers are really experienced in training novice crew and ensure that everyone onboard the yachts gets great coaching and the chance to build their sailing skills whatever sailing background they come from. Some tougher offshore races like the Rolex Sydney to Hobart have special entry requirements, but even so we don’t usually turn people away because we assess the crew as a whole and usually we have a good mix of experience across the board.
Who else is on the crew?
Each yacht is skippered by a commercial skipper with race experience and sailing experience relevant to the event (for example ARC skippers have ocean race experience) the skippers are usually backed up by a First Mate of at least Yachtmaster standard. Other sailing crew members come from all walks of life, they are all ages and have different levels of sailing experience. We typically get an even mix of men and women, and more often than not a great mix of nationalities, from French, German and Italian to Americans, Canadians, Aussies and South Americans.
Will I gain any qualifications?
We can offer RYA qualifications through our accredited sailing school Global Yacht Training. For some of our adventure sailing passages you can achieve your Competent Crew Certificate and Coastal Skipper and log miles towards your RYA Yachtmaster.
We can also arrange for you to gain an ISAF Safety and Sea Survival certificate, this course is a two day practical and theory course where you get hands on experience of using a life raft in a pool and lectures on heavy weather sailing techniques and disaster management. This course is often included in our offshore race event packages such as the Fastnet Race, the ARC race and the Middle Sea Race.