How to Select Crew for a Passage or Delivery

Words of caution: When sailing friends or family aren’t available, that pick-up crew could go exceptionally well—or not. How can you stack the odds in your favor?


Lots of skippers—in fact probably most—do not want to sail solo and I am the last person to try to encourage them to change their mind. It is not a badge of honor to be a solo sailor, nor does it ‘prove’ anything, and those are terrible reasons to try it. If you sail solo, it should be simply because you enjoy it!!

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Roland Stockham
Roland Stockham got his start sailing Olympic-class 470s and Finns in his native England. He started his journey as a voyager crewing for yacht owners sailing to Europe because he was handy at diesel repair. His first cruising boat was a 26-ft. Folkboat with no engine. He lives in British Columbia and sails a 35-ft. Colin Archer design. He is a Royal Yachting Association certified Yacht Master and is qualified to make trans-oceanic deliveries.