I've spent a bit of time since getting a little hooked on the idea of sailing (have always thought I'd like to, but thought it would bankrupt me ) since attending the open day in Howth Yacht Club this weekend.
After going out with a crew in a cruiser (to my shame I can't remember what it was) and having fun helping unfurl and furl the jib, and getting lots of information from the crew, I then had a chat with a few people there who when I enquired basically said they are always looking for crew, and being reliable and turning up on time etc is as important as having experience and I could do some courses.
So, high on the exhilaration of my day, I went off to the crew page, and discovered a chap with a white sail boat which does leisurely racing Wednesday and Saturdays looking for crew and welcoming beginners. Got in touch and now I'm heading over tomorrow to see how I get on. I'm slightly thrilled, but slightly apprehensive
I'm hoping it goes well, and have spent the past two days trawling through this forum for information so I guess I'm using this thread as a "am I potentially on track so far with my plan?"
First off experience.
Hopefully it goes well tomorrow night and I'm invited back, I think this chap likes to take on beginners, as I was 100% honest and said I'd literally no experience, but was interested in learning and working with a team.
He is lending me boots, wet gear and lifejacket tomorrow.
I've made a list of what kit I will need if in a few weeks I'm as hooked as I am now:
1. Wet gear (need trousers/salopettes and jacket)
2. Lifejacket (found it funny that cost wise, they are not expensive compared to gear)
3. Boots (can start with cheap enough ones, then get the likes of dubarrys)
4. Lots of layers
I'm hoping tomorrow goes well and I become part of the crew, but also planning on doing the Level one course by mid-June, and level 2 by mid-July so I get the basics and get to learn how to operate a dinghy, so will need a wetsuit after that if I want to rent a dinghy and head out?
Do I need a logbook to start recording my hours?
Am I taking the right approach here?
Is there anything else I should be considering?