Sailing Crew for the S/V Raven
Hello and thank you for your interest in our sailing group. This is a group for anyone interested in sailing as volunteer crew aboard the 27 foot Bristol Yachts 27.7 sailboat named "Raven". Raven is a medium sized sailboat equipped and outfitted for day sailing, coastal cruising, and island hopping. Raven's crew is made up of a diverse group of fun and interesting individuals who enjoy sailing together as a team. Raven's home port is Lighthouse Point, Florida, but Raven is currently docked at Pier 81 / The Marina at Factory Bay on Marco Island, Florida.
Joining this MeetUp group is an opportunity for sailing enthusiasts to sail without owning or renting a sailboat. If you intend to buy your first sailboat in the future this is also a great way to gain valuable knowledge and experience before making that huge commitment. The mission of this group is to have fun while introducing new people to the joy of sailing. So if you want to get out on the water and have fun, this is the group for you. The short term goal of this group is to develop our sailing skills while having fun day sailing and coastal cruising. The long term goal of this group is to select and prepare a four person crew for a voyage to Cuba in April 2017. We are also making plans to sail to the Florida Keys in November/December 2016, and possibly the Bahamas in February 2017. So far in 2016 we have already sailed to Pine Key (aka Beer Can Island), Egmont Key, Venice Inlet, Boca Grande, and Fort Myers Beach.
No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome, but individuals who hold at least an American Sailing Association Basic Keelboat (ASA101) certification or have completed comparable training (US Sailing, collegiate sailing programs, etc.) will be given "Preferred Crew Member" status. Crew members without formal training can achieve Preferred Crew Member status by gaining experience sailing on Raven. Yet another way to achieve Preferred Crew Member status is by helping out with the labor of routine boat maintenance and cleaning. Preferred Crew Members will be given priority when scheduling crews for sail dates.
I plan to keep the group small in number, around one hundred fifty members total, so that members have more opportunity to participate. Because my work schedule as a charter aircraft pilot varies, there will be a mix of weekend and weekday sail dates. On each sail date I will try to have a mixture of experienced and inexperienced crew aboard thereby giving the lesser experienced crew members a chance to learn hands on while being supervised by the more experienced crew members. Most of the day sails will be very relaxed and it will be a great opportunity for first timers and novice sailors to get out on the water under sail. All new members to the group must attend a three hour pre-sail safety briefing and sailboat familiarization/orientation training session prior to their first day of sailing with the group. This is normally done in the morning prior to your first day sail on Raven.
If you are interested in sailing with us, please request to join by clicking the "join us" button and complete all five questions and the introduction about yourself. In your introduction please include your occupation, any special skill sets you may have (i.e. medical skills; military experience; mechanical skills; Spanish or French language skills; etc), where you are from originally, and anything else you wish to add so we can get to know a little bit about you. In addition to the five questions and introduction, all members must post and maintain a current, actual, recognizable photo of themselves. Prospective new members are required to attend a Prospective New Member Meet and Greet prior to becoming a member. Once accepted as a new member, all new members must attend our three hour Sailboat Orientation and Safety Briefing prior to your first Day Sail for New Members and Beginners. It is highly recommended that you attend one of our group's social meet ups soon after joining the group and prior to your first day sail so that you can get acquainted with the people you will be sailing with aboard Raven. Most of our meet ups, both sailing and social, are clustered in two sets of three days each month (normally every other week).
If you are not immediately accepted it is most likely because we have reached our maximum membership, or because you are only available during a time period that is currently over crewed. Individuals not immediately accepted will be kept in cue until an opening becomes available. There is usually a wait list to join our group. Membership in our group requires active participation and inactive members will be removed from the group to make room for applicants on the wait list. During each three month period there will be several sail dates, boat maintenance/clean up days, and social meet ups. A member will be considered inactive if said member fails to attend a minimum of one meet up exery three months.
Thanks again for your interest in our sailing crew meet up group. I look forward to meeting and sailing with you soon,
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