Looking to gain experience and sea miles, plus some fun too!
Hey folks, I'm Ben and I have been sailing for two years. Not so long, but I'm dedicated and it seems that sailing agrees with me, whether heading out for a daysail or a longer trip offshore. I did the airplane flying thing for many years but never thought of learning to sail until 2018, which is strange since I live in Los Angeles right near all the marina and boats. Go figure, huh? I worked in the Entertainment industry most of my career (I created the screenwriting software everyone uses) and these days I work some, play some, so I have some time to hit the water in search of both experience and adventure.
For the moment, I'm looking for fairly short trips, perhaps 1-2 weeks, no reason to sign up for a long haul and find out it is fun for a week and then a slog the rest of the way. A grumpy Ben is not a fun Ben!
Regardless, I am quite competent on most aspects of sailing that I have gotten out of charter sails in the Los Angeles area. I also have other critical sailing skills down pat, though, such as mixing up a dry rub for a steak dinner or knowing where the cold beer is once we're docked! Dare I say Rum drinks?
Note that I recently (Feb-March 2020) crewed a passage from the Bahamas to the US Virgin Islands (700NM - 4 days) on a 58 foot catamaran, then crewed locally for a week on a 50 foot Cat around St. Thomas, so I have gotten my first real ocean passage out of the way with experienced Captains. What with the lockdowns everywhere at the moment, no sure who is moving their boat from one place to another, but maybe that will change as things slowly open back up.