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Captain Jaz posted a topic in Crew Pool AnarchyThis is an advert for a long term crew member and accomodation position. I am posting this because I thought that some of you might be struggling, working online, not making enough to live on, but also be up for an adventure. Here on the ship you can work online and stay on the ship for cheaper than you can live in an apartment, and have time to learn the skills you will need to sail across the Atlantic. Normally I make money doing chartering and AirBnb, so I am also or struggling, hence this offer. The ship is a 36' (11m) steel-hulled Chinese Junk-Rigged sailboat, anchored in Mindelo Bay, Cape Verde. My plan is to sail for French Guyana after mid-November this year. This crew offer is also for accommodation aboard from now up until at least January/February next year. Your berth will be the V-berth, which is the nicest on the ship, see pics. There is enough power if it is not cloudy (which it rarely is) to use a relatively power efficient laptop (i.e. Under 3amps) for most of the day, and phones/tablets as much as you like. You berth has 2 USB sockets and a 12v cigarette-lighter style socket – you will need a car charger plug for your laptop. Mobile internet here is pretty fast, 1mb/s+, and costs $12 for 8gb. I don't require any help working on the ship, but if you want to learn some new skills you are welcome to help. I am skilled in sailmaking, marine diesel maintenance and repair, freediving, spearfishing, hand-tool-joinery, cooking (various types), metalworking, 12v electrical system, wind/solar-power systems, net making, two-component marine paint and epoxy systems, rope and knot work, and of course sailing and more. I am happy to write you a letter of merit on any of the skills learned, which can help you get paid crew positions in the future. Additionally, if you are looking to get your RYA Yachtmaster or equivalent qualifications, the sail-miles you will gain on the passage is enough to meet the minimum needed to take the test. Although our rig is different to a standard Bermudan rig, I have experience sailing both, and can explain the differences. Accommodation costs are 250euros a month, working on the assumption that you will want breakfast and one cooked meal aboard per day, the total will be 370euros a month, with an extra cooked meal being 3 euros. We can be flexible with that - you can have the cooked meals as either lunch or dinner, I used to be a chef, so you can eat much better and cheaper aboard than you could on land. Transport to land is via two-person kayak, although it only needs one person to row it. I work all day long on the ship, so what you do with your time is up to you. My friend at the nautical club gives 20% discount on food 'n' drink to me and my crew, they have good wi-fi, and cheap drinks and food. I'm cooking, so you're doing the washing up Apart from that, I just ask that you clean up any mess you make. I would maybe consider a couple, at 50 euro less than the cost for 2 people. We can make other arrangements as needed, such as splitting the cost of laundry etc. Smoking is fine, but not in your berth, if you don't smoke, don't worry, the air passes through your berth first, so it is always fresh. No day-drinkers please! Vegetarian cooking is not an option, sorry, I am a 190-200lb sailor and need calories and protein, and am not going to cook two separate meals. The ship has life-jackets (although not the comfortable kind that you can wear all the time), jacklines, harnesses and a life raft. There is no EPIRB, but feel free to bring your own (someone who owns a boat may lend you theirs) if it makes you feel better. At sea we wear a harness attached to jacklines at all times on deck and in the cockpit, except if we are literally becalmed. Life-jackets optional unless the weather is rough. The trip to French Guiana is about 2000 nautical miles, and should take around 15-20 days. If you're interested, message me, and we can arrange a video call. The final recruitment choice is mine, of course, but preference will be given to whomever can arrive here soonest. Please feel free to ask general questions on this post and I will answer them as best as possible. I already have a couple of offers for crewing only, but you feel free to add your name to that list too. I have a "maybe" offer from a older Canadian chap, but he understands that if someone books a flight before he does then they get the position. Cape Verde is already open to business as usual, you will not need to quarantine on arrival if you are asymptomatic. If you do need to quarantine you can do so aboard, the coast guard brings supplies to quarantined ships. You will need to wear a mask inside public buildings. There are currently only 12 cases of the virus on this island, and zero deaths. There are already flights here from Canada and Europe, but I can help you check other locations too - flights are still limited (but not that expensive) and you may need to catch a connection ferry from another island to here. Visas are not a problem, you get issued a 1 month visa automatically on arrival, and can renew it for 3 months (21 euros) for up to a year with no problem. Feel free to make general enquiries on this thread, or pm me. It is highly likely that you can find passage on another ship once we reach French Guiana, if you decide that you don't want the adventure to stop. You'll have at least a couple of months to look, and I can help. Cheers, Captain J.P. Black
Looking at the J class, TP-52 and America's cup teams, which are presumably the top end, no budget constraints efforts makes me wonder what is the number of people to put on a program of various size boat and various venues ? For an America's cup campaign presumably most of the crew are signed up to be dedicated to the campaign until concluded, starting with design and build and progressing through sailing, coaching and support staffing. For a seasonal effort like the J-class, TP-52 or VOR, there's an on boat crew and some coaching/shore crew, that's put together for a season. Some of the "on board" crew will be aboard for practice and race events only, and floating between multiple other boats/venues in between while the boat is being delivered. For Pro staffed ocean/buoy racing random races, presumably there's a cadre of boat captain/delivery skipper and a few hands to deliver, while the rock stars come aboard for the money races and disappear otherwise. There seem to be a lot of coaching boats at Olympics, and even major dinghy races, and any collegiate program would obviously have them. We are at the extreme other end of Corinthian owner/helm/maintenance, self coached etc, depending on the kindness of our sailmaker's tuning and hard won learning. At what point of competition, does it take either event support staffing (coach, chef, shore maintenance) or dedicated boat staffing (travel coordinator, boat captain, sail coordinator..???) what ranking do you have for order of adding staff?
In Singapore on Business Wednesday April 24 thru the 27. Would love to get a chance to sail local. I am an experienced sailor, currently running an SC 52 with numerous Bermuda Race experience. No preference on boats, dinghies to Maxi's, multihulls as well. Just want to sail in that part of the world. I can ride the rail, trim , do bow whatever, Available evenings as well as Saturday. Phil Fishman
Bottom line up front: I setup my boat crew management site online using Wordpress. The site is up and running and I want to know if there is interest in re-coding this to a free or low cost Wordpress Plugin. If so, I need help from someone with Wordpress plugin experience. Read on this long post to learn more..... I'm resurrecting an old thread about the same topic that has been archived here with a related thread here. In summary - many have tried various online solutions to manage their boat and crew for scheduling. Some of the solutions mentioned include: Shared Spreadsheet including Google Docs Spreadsheet Google Calendar Sail Team by Compete-At (discontinued) TTSail (was a free site that is now discontinued) SailFastChicago.com - a google sheet implementation Crew Control - (had some bad press in this post) Teamer.net Facebook - (e.g. setup a closed group) Teamsnap.com (free and paid subscriptions to get most features needed) I started with a spreadsheet that was mailed around in 2004 to the crew members, then in 2008 discovered TTSail that offered most everything I wanted, including a public website. TTSail was discontinued in 2014 without any notice. I transitioned to Teamsnap because it had most of the features I wanted (including a public side of the site). In order to get the features I wanted, I paid an $80 per year subscription. In late 2016, Teamsnap started having problems site wide with script kiddies inserting malware in comment posts allowed on a team's page. They responded by removing the post comments feature. This sucked becuase it was where we would post after race comments to share with the crew. A few months later, Teamsnap announced that they would only allow users logged in to access the site. This was a bummer for those of us who also wanted to have a public site to display results and photos. The final season for me to use Teamsnap was 2017. I distributed a Google sheets link with the 2018 schedule to my crew so they could indicate who is available for what. That brings me to where I am today. Since I maintain some websites for many of the organizations I serve as a volunteer, I have some web development experience. Here are some of the sites I setup (or helped others) based on Wordpress: J/30 Class Association Coasters Harbor Navy YC Narragansett Bay Yachting Association The Twenty Hundred Club J/109 Class Association My disclaimer - I am a retired EE and not a software engineer. I develop spaghetti code, I'm not a real disciplined programmer. I thought it might be time to bite the bullet and cobble together exactly what I needed. I have up and running the J/109 Vento Solare Team Website that I am just rolling out to my crew. The site is based on the following stuff, all which is free: Wordpress Graphene 2 theme All in One Event Calendar Plugin Google Apps Login Google Apps Embedder User Role Editor Tide Graph Since the site is based on Wordpress I can give it the look and feel for most anything I want to include on various pages. It will probably change over time as I play with it and get feedback from the crew, but for now it has the following: A home page with a slider that will display recent or selected posts A page "About the Boat" where there is a little history and boat specs A Calendar page - this is full featured using the free plugin Crew pages (require login to be visible) where crew can set their availability for events, crew can see assignments (e.g. Bill brings beer, Mary brings snacks), Team roster with contact info Skipper Admin page - this is where for each event the skipper (or designee) can assign crew members to positions, indicate what color shirts to wear. and what to bring Weather - a cool interactive weather map from windy.com A Links page for many of the related sailing websites I go to A Photos page - this has links to photos people post for events Sidebar widgets with next 5 events, local tide graph and Windalert forecasts for some local sites My next task is to get email notification functioning - both manually initiated and automatic 24 hours before an event. For the techies - all the custom code is placed in a single file (functions.php) in a child theme. Custom styles are in the style.css file in the child theme). I tried to use generic Wordpress functions in PHP so the code would be transportable to other websites without changes (e.g. no hard coded links). Below are the specs I assembled and where I stand on each (red text not completed yet): 1. People Entry section (People Login with an account): Allows people to enter their profile to include: Name, email address, mobile phone number, shirt size, weight, ISAF Number, ISAF Class 2. Schedule Entry Section (Admin Access Only): Allows me to enter regattas with the following information: Regatta Name, Regatta type dropdown (OD, Spin (default), Non-spin), Regatta Start Date, Regatta Stop date (defaults to Start date and multiple dates selected automatically populates the schedule for multiple dates), Dock Time, Location of Boat for Dock Time (defaults to Navy Marina Slip A49), Link for Regatta, Pre-regatta comment Field, Recurring regatta schedule - if checked allows selection of periodicity (daily or weekly) and the number of times repeated. Post regatta designation checkbox (will control public display for the following fields) ,Post Regatta Comment Field, Result (text field), Link to regatta result 3. People Assignment to Regattas (Admin Access Only): Admin screen that allows assignment of people to regattas with the following options: Match a crew member to a position. Defined positions can be from a dropdown to include the following: Bow, Mast, Jib 1, Jib 2, Spinnaker, Pit, Main, Helm, Trim 1, Trim 2, Trim 3, Sewer, Snacktician, Crew 1, Crew 2, Crew 3, Crew 4, Crew 5, Crew 6, Crew 7, Training 1, Training 2, Training 3, Training 4 (this was modified from original spec and can be defined by the Skipper in the admin section) Check box to designate Tactician to any position assigned above if not a dedicated person Text box to indicate person responsible for beverages and snacks- can assign to multiple people and list what to bring Button for admin to email crew with text box to enter subject field (Defaults to Skipper's Message about Regatta Name, Regatta Date) , and another text box for message 4. People Regatta Schedule with Crew Availability (Requires member login): People can login and select a page that provides a regatta matrix for the season (current calendar year) with their desires / assignments Columns are Regatta Date (all dates on repeating are populated in list), Crew position desired, Crew Position Assigned, Beverages & Snacks Assigned Rows are chronological with these fields Date, Regatta Name, Dock Location, Crew Position (selectable dropdown defaults to blank), Crew Position Assigned, Beverages & Snacks Assigned (text) 5. Regatta Calendar Display: Displays the regatta schedule with selectable view as weekly, monthly or agenda type list. Logged in crew members can select the default view and see any view. When a person mouses over a regatta it will pop up the regatta info that includes: Regatta Name, Regatta Type, Regatta Date, Dock Time, Boat Location. If Regatta is clicked on and Post Regatta designation field is not set, a page will open to display: Regatta Name, Regatta Type, Regatta Date, Dock Time, Boat Location, Link for Regatta, Pre-regatta comment Field, Crew members assigned in tabular manner Titles are Name, Tactician, Crew Position, Beverages, Snacks - with a row for each name followed by, X Tactician designation, assigned crew position, X designating beverages, X designating snacks If Post Regatta designation checkbox is checked, mouse over regatta displays Regatta Name, Regatta Type, Result If Regatta is clicked on and Post Regatta designation field is set, a page will open to display: Regatta Name, Regatta Type, Regatta Date, Post Regatta Comment Field, Result (text field), Link to regatta result Crew members assigned in tabular manner Titles are Name, Tactician, Crew Position, Beverages, Snacks - with a row for each name followed by, X Tactician designation, assigned crew position, X designating beverages, X designating snacks So - any thoughts on whether this should be turned into a Wordpress portable plug-in? Business model thoughts Leave "as-is" and make available to whoever wants it - requires detailed web and Wordpress knowledge Transition to a Wordpress Plug-in - make it easy to install, activate, deactivate and uninstall Develop a users manual (crew use, skipper setup, skipper management) - note that there has to be some minimal level of knowledge using Wordpress and the associated free plug-ins offer a hosting service - paid subscriptions to cover costs plus a little more other?