Putting skippers and crew in touch - The Cruising Association's Crewing Service
Are you a skipper who sometimes needs additional crew members, either long term or for specific voyages?
Many skippers may like to pass their knowledge on to people just starting to sail, and there are plenty of people who would like to experience life on a boat without the commitment of purchasing one.
This is where the Cruising Association’s Crewing Service comes into force. Available to members of the Association the service puts skippers and crew in touch with each other, either by meeting in person at one of the Crewing Meetings in CA House, London, or via an online system.
Make connections at meetings
The Crewing Service holds informal meetings from February to May at CA House on the 1st Thursday of each month starting at 7pm – where you can enjoy a meal, a drink and get to know fellow enthusiasts. At the meetings skippers give details of trips they are planning and the crew they are seeking. You can then go and chat to skippers planning voyages that interest you. If you are not near London, the crewing service can be accessed online.
Once you have registered for the Crewing Service you will be able to see lists of Skippers looking for crew on the website. You will also be able to enter your details and preferences into our on-line system so that skippers looking for crew can contact you. It’s possible to set your preferences such as the dates you are available, the area you would like to sail in, and your level of experience so that skippers can contact people with relevant experience.
There is also a Crewing Service Forum to exchange messages with other members of the service. To find out more about this excellent means of finding your perfect cruising partners click here. The Crewing Service Membership costs £20 for single membership and £30 for couple membership. (If you join the CA as a full member within the year, your joining fee will be refunded.)
What is The Cruising Association?
This is Britain's leading organisation for cruising sailors, providing a global network of services, information, help and advice. http://www.cruising.org.uk/home
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