How do I start Crewing?
Whether you are new to sailing, or an experienced sailor, the CYCA may be able to assist you in finding your next crewing opportunity.
In many cases the best way to find a crew position is to turn up on race days, two hours or so before the start times shown and approach skippers directly or ask at the bar.
The CYCA has a crew liaison officer who maintains a whiteboard in the Sydney Hobart bar for each Twilight and Winter series races, where skippers and crew alike can match their details for the day's racing. With well over 100 yachts competing each race within Sydney Harbour, most prospective crew are able to secure a position.
What about Crewing Offshore and Regularly?
The CYCA currently utilises two online crew registers.
Through the Top Yacht Entry System (TES), each CYCA series contains within it a Crew Finder application, where owners can head to find suitable crew who have their information registered with Top Yacht for upcoming races. Prospective crew can register their details here, and have their information easily transferred to a vessel's online crew list prior to an offshore yacht race. Yacht owners must be registered with Top yacht (ie made an online entry into a CYCA Race) to be able to connect to available crew.
Click here to access the "Crew Available Board" for the current series:
Mysail.team provides a more general availability option for use by both crew and owners who can post a notice looking for casual or regular crew across the CYCA sailing programs.
Please note that registration with either crew register involves a third-party provider.
The CYCA Sailing Office can not guarantee you a place on a yacht, and does not guarantee that crew invitations will be available at regular intervals.
I want to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart or overnight races, what opportunities are there for me?
To be invited to crew in the Blue Water Pointscore races you will normally need to have had some offshore racing experience such as the Short Ocean or Ocean Pointscore, and your chances will be enhanced if you have some or all of the following: Cat 1 or Cat 2 Offshore experience or significant delivery passages; Australian Sailing Safety and Sea Survival Certification, current Senior / Apply First Aid qualifications, and Radio Certification such as the MROCP.
Your availability to participate in the Blue Water Pointscore Series (overnight distance races around 80-180nm) will often enhance your chances of gaining a position on a crew in the major yacht races.
Opportunities available for International crew are often limited as many yachts decide on crew well ahead of time and train regularly, however having your details on file at the CYCA will certainly improve your chances.