Los Angeles, Calif., (March 17, 1997) -- Want to sail the Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawai`i but you don't have a boat? Or you have a boat but need a crew?
Go see Dan Nowlan. He doubles as entries chairman and matchmaker for this summer's 39th race, which with the origination of the new cruising class is expected to introduce many competitors to blue water sailing.
Skippers seeking crew or sailors seeking boats may contact Nowlan for leads. His number is (619) 490-1010 (phone or fax); his address is 1522 La Playa Ave., Apt. 5-310, San Diego, CA 92109.
"Crew available" and "crew wanted" information also may be posted on Transpac's web site: Transpac97 CrewList
Nowlan cautions that sailing the race isn't for everyone--or every boat. "But for people who want to go, it's an adventure," he says.
Except for a few megabuck campaigns, the adventure is often sobered by the cost. Besides the entry fees of $750 and $1,000 for boats under and over 50 feet, respectively, an insurance rider for racing more than 150 miles offshore costs $500 to $1,000. Also, the crew must be fed and perhaps housed in Hawaii for a few days after the race, and then flown home.
That's why many skippers look for crew not only with blue water savvy and an ability to do various, difficult jobs, such as work the bow or steer, but who also are willing to share in expenses and even sail the boat back to the mainland. Professional delivery charges run about $2.50 a mile--a total of more than $5,000 for the average boat.
And if he wants to be competitive, a skipper may have to lay out up to $20,000 to buy new sails, have the boat bottom redone, the rigging tuned and equipment spiffed out.
A crew looking for a boat probably is in a better position to bargain, depending on experience. But unless he or she strikes a rare deal, it's still cheaper to fly there and back on a 747.
When looking for a boat the first consideration should be the boat's condition. "You're going to be out there a thousand miles from anywhere," Nowlan says. "If something breaks, you're going to have to deal with it yourself."
Compatibility is also critical to a successful crew. "You're going to be with those people for a couple of weeks," Nowlan says. "Emotions can run hot."
Nowlan suggests that crew looking for boats prepare brief resumes outlining their qualifications and goals, and that skippers first decide if they really want to do it. Then prospective shipmates should meet and, if possible, sail together before joining forces. That way they may avoid ugly experiences such as dismissing a crew upon request by his mates, as Nowlan has had to do, or the bitter ending of a voyage by a popular comedian who had lost his sense of humor long before reaching the islands.
"He sailed into the harbor, threw his mooring line on the dock and said, 'Sell it,'" said Nowlan.
|Owner/Skipper||Boat Name||Type|| Class ||Steve Fossett ||Lakota ||Trimaran ||Multihull||Bob Hanel ||Double Bullet II ||Catamaran || Multihull||Joe Jaconi || Kathmandu || Santa Cruz 70 || ULDB 70||Al & Vicki Schultz || Vicki || Andrews 70 || Maxi||Pat Carey || Kismet ||Cal 40 ||PHRF||Bob Lane ||Medicine Man ||Andrews 56 ||50s||Ron Kuntz || Cantata || Andrews 53 || 50s||Richard K. Leute ||Acey Deucy ||J/44 || PHRF||Steve Travis ||Persuasion || Andrews 53 || 50s||James S. Ryley || Mirage || Santa Cruz 70 || ULDB 70||Edward J. Soellner ||Seaz The Moment || Hylas 47 || Cruising||Eleanor Clitheroe ||Endeavor III || C&C 40 || Cruising||arl Schopp ||Seaven Seas III || MacGregor 65 || PHRF||Linda Elias/B. Sherman ||Bay Wolf || Santa Cruz 50 ||PHRF||Anthony Sessions || Luna Barba || Santa Cruz 70 || Maxi||McNeill/Parrish || no name || R/P maxi sled || Maxi||Fred Frye || Salsipuedes || Tayana 52 || Cruising||Lester Robertson || Legs ||Moore 24 Turbo|| PHRF||John W. Black ||Inquisitor ||Nordic 37 || Cruising||Robert C. Pace || Esprit || Peterson 46KEL ||Cruising||Skip Steveley ||Merlin || Lee 66 Turbo || Maxi||Richard Sherlock ||Surprise || Catalina 36 || Cruising|
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