Club members who own boats are always looking for crew. You don’t need any prior sailing experience and you don’t need to commit to crewing on an ongoing basis so it’s a great way to get out on the water and find out more about the sport.
Boat owners will want to find crew for twilight sailing, social sailing, cruising or racing. You can select the type of sailing and the level at which you want to participate. Some clubs offer the option for all female crews led by a female skipper.
The skipper will talk to you about what roles the crew perform and help you decide what you would like to have a go at. The skipper and crew meet to prepare the boat to go out on the water. They usually go out sailing for 1-2.5 hours and then return to the club for an informal social gathering, a drink or a meal. The type of social activity depends on the type and size of the club.
The cost of participating as part of a crew will vary from club to club, but expect to pay around $20 each time you participate as a non-member, plus any cost of hospitality after sailing. If you become a member of a club, crewing is often a way to participate without any additional fee.
For more details of what to expect in your first crewing experience read the Your First Time Sailing section.