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Unknown Crew on passage? A word of warning...

By Ian Brayley — last modified Jan 31, 2014 04:07 PM

Published: 2014-01-31 00:00:00
Topics: Atlantic Crossing , Cruising Information , Global Yachting Services

Just a short note to all those who are intending to take unknown crew with them when crossing the Atlantic. Before you leave check.

1. Sailing history. Don’t just take their word for it. Get a reference and check the details. A copy of their log book would be a good idea, then cross ref the details.

2.  Onward movement. When you get to your destination what are the crews intentions? If they intend to fly on, check their ticket. If they say they have friends they will stay with that is fine but you may not be able to leave the island before they do.

I say this as I have had a bad experience with crew.

Both of the crew were very badly sea sick and stayed in their bunks for 3 days.

One of the crew had a Yachtmaster certificate so I assumed (wrongly) that he was competent. On further discussions it seems that he took a fast track course to achieve the qualification with no previous experience. The experience that he had after the course was on a 70ft boat as part of a large crew!

The other crew was Spanish and although he talked the talk when, after sailing with him, I asked for details they were sketchy and inconsistent. He then said that the offshore experience was listed by mistake!!!!!

It has taken nearly 4 weeks to get them cleared off of the boat legally. This will be the last time I take crew that I do not know.

Ian Brayley - Yacht Calima (UK)

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