I am a debt laden mathematics genius in Ottawa, Canada that is looking to get back into sailing. Funny because being a student, sailing is pretty much the hobby you want to jibe away from because what is adding one more money pit right?
When I was younger, I did the Sea Cadet route and raced dinghy's, and to be honest they scared me (mostly because I was a clumsy kid that hit his head a lot). Since then, I have gone back and tried it and really enjoy it, BUT I am land locked and sailing in a large river. I am looking forward to intern-ships in Nova Scotia (possibly?) and want to get out on the ocean, to the real water so to speak.
My question to all of you:
RYA Route? or find a club and skipper willing to take me on to crew?
Will the RYA (I guess CYA in Canada) pay off eventually? $1350 a course is steep, but what is a few thousand dollars when I pay $12k a year for school right?
I want to get into ocean racing (around the Island race, mid-ocean race, maybe VOR/Vendee Globe if I win the lottery) but not sure the process. I understand the business knowledge to put a team together and get it funded/sponsored, but not the process of getting experience (and assuming its unpaid experience?)
oh, and top boats for circumnavigation (had to throw a troll in somewhere):
1. Flicka: I like to enjoy the sunset for 89miles a day.
2. Westsail 32.
3. JP54: because Vendee Globe is the F1 of the Sea.