2019-20 VOYAGE WESTWARDS TOWARDS NORTH EUROPE ARRIVING 2020. (See under presentation)
BELOW IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT OUR TENTATIVE JOURNEYS WHERE YOU CAN PARTICIPATE AS CAPTAIN, NAVIGATOR AND CREW
More info. : Crew contact: email@example.com
Terms and Information for the crew
Crew pays for the journey and the berth and because of the low payment they are to be regarded as unpaid working seamen who pay for their accomodation, food, fuel and port charges. This is a bit different from pure charter/rental and passenger sailing. Captains are not paying crew contribution of Dkr. 230,00 per day and fuel share. Negotiable.
Crew/Participants onboard s/y VERITAS participate in the daily tasks around the ship's operation, maintenance, guarding and sailing.It is somehow in contrast to passengers who are not involved in any work on board. But they pay much more for a similar journey and stay. Work beside sailing could be; Let’s say there is something which needs to be repaired or fixed on the yacht. That is not only the captains problem alone, it's everybody's problem and we must together overcome and solve the problem. Expect days to prepare for a leg, delays, repairs and route changes.
You cannot expect always to have "free-time" on shore if something may needed to be repaired.
Who can sail?
There is only one essential requirement to you: You must be good to commit yourself in a close community that always exists in a boat and willingly to participate in crew work accept delays, repairs and change of route which is absolutely normal on a ship on long tour.
The rest you learn quietly when go along.
You do not need outmost sailing skills, although it is welcomed if you can sail or maybe proficiency having yacht skipper certificate.
Whats the price for participating
The basic contribution for the journey, boat and berth is Danish Crowns 250,00 - per day. per. person inclusive Dkr. 10,00 for the crew foundation.
Plus expenses for: Food, beverage and fuel between Danish Crowns 2000-2500 per month. depending on the chosen leg and fuel consuming. If paid on the ship, it works in the local currency or in U.S. dollars.
A berth is not finally booked before booking amount is recieved on Veritas's account in The Danish Bank and the crew intent (crew berth and journey participation) is signed by you and us. Reservation rules for reservations made before 4 months in advance:
1. Pay half portion of the crew contributed upon reservation and the rest 2 months before departure.
Have you signed the crew intent and paid the reservation amount you are entitled to the berth, disregard someone have signed the crew agreement before you. We have to make sure all the berths are occupied only by crew member who have both paid and signed the crew agreement.
The same refund rules apply to all guests: When you finally have booked the berth and change your mind before you embark, you will only be refunded your deposit if cancelled within 4 months before departure - when a new crew member takes your berth. If you cancel on the way you will be refunded when we/you find a new crew for your berth. This is because you have occupied a berth and the price is based on everyone's payment and is necessary to provide stability and security for the fullfilment of the voyage. We will do our best to find new crew, and this is done through crew recruting sites etc.
Not used crew basis contribution will be refunded only if: The Captain/owner chose to interrupt/terminate the trip, for gravely reasons responsible to or when fails occur with fully insured local authorities or fully insured other ships. This only apply to crew on board as other rules apply for crew who have given up their berth.
Shipping common money box:
The Ship money box is a common fund, which organizes daily costs for fuel, food, water, beverages (all liquids) etc.
Crew is committed to participate to this common fund.
This amount fluctuates around Danish Crowns 2000-2500 each. Per. month. Per. person and is paid when the actual expenditure is made up.
The amount is primarily paid in local currency or USD.
When supply are purchased, attach the slip/note/invoice with your name and put in a designated box, the accounting is made as often as required, but always before the crew change, and the crew has "appointed" a person as accountant who calculates how much we have to pay.
The amount paid to the fund is very depending on the areas the ship is sailing, because of prices may fluctuate.
Special food preferences and drinks that increase the cost are paid separately.
Passport and visa:
You must have a valid passport that extends well into the future, minimum 1-2 years in advance at any time. You must have visas to countries that require this on the route.
By entering into U.S. possessions you MUST have a visa to the USA, otherwise you cannot enter the country. It is a requirement when entering the United States or American islands from the sea.
It is therefore highly recommended to seek visas at home.
All sailing plans are tentative and therefore the captain has the right to change the navigation plan. Local conditions/disturbances, wind and weather, need for repairs may force the yachts to change the navigation area or destination.
A modified operation plan gives no right to any refund in the crew basis contribution.
It is the crew's own responsibility to arrange travel/transport to and from agreed locations for embark and/or disembark.
The captain does not undertake to arrange local transportation to and from airport etc. But it happens when necessary that we meet crew on arrival at the airport.
A delay in the yachts arrival at the agreed location you may be obligated to pay for a longer stay.
Make sure you have necessary vaccinations and a good travel insurance that covers your bagage and liability for yourself towards the vessel and other persons.
The medication you can get today is very effective, so possibly malaria attack may be killed in less than a day. It is our experience that preventive medicine has too many harmful side effects and it is very expensive.
Medicines are very cheap and very effective and get the grips on all implications. Instead, we recommend spraying and sleeping under mosquito nets when necessary. You can also get all the medicine around the world and a large part completely without prescription.
We will gather medicine on board to cure or prevent many diseases, put a drip and minor operations and we are a doctor clinic, hospital or pharmacy. If you want some medicine with you, we recommend you buying an antibiotic treatment against infections in wounds, tablets for stomach poisoning/travel stomach pills, painkillers and remember also sun oil with a high factor. One of our crew is a nurse and another has physical and psychotherapeutic skills.
When signing the crew member’s contract you obligate yourself to have a valid travel insurance policy covering illness and repatriation.
We can arrange a resonable and reliable "Cruising insurance" on board. It covers doctor visits for acute illness and hospitalization, medicines and necessary repatriation.
It is cheaper than if you make individually.
If you are interested in this insurance, it is important to let us know in advance. There may already be crew members that have signed it. Our vessel insurance covers liability, personal and full-risk Casco accident during the voyage.
Please note that boat insurances do not cover bagage.
"What you can/should bring"
Bring towels. Your own laptop, because we can receive Wi-Fi in many places. Camera and etc.
Music you enjoy listening to. Swim wear. dYour own snorkeling gear. There is not diving equipment onboard, but books.
Sunscreen and clothing, not too much!
(SEE BELOW UNDER PRACTICAL INFO FOR MORE INFO).
Crew must always respect the existing ship rules and to respect the Captain according to normal Maritime law and to acknowledge that the Captain is the supreme authority on board.
When you come aboard, the Captain provides info of how the yachts are working.
PRACTICAL GENERAL INFO:
"(COPIED FROM A OLDER OCEAN CRUISER-WEBSITE)"
"Here are some suggestions (and thoughts) that may fit in your sea bag if you haven't already made a checklist:
- PFD c/w "pea-less" whistle and strobe light
- Best available/affordable high seas jacket and bib-pants (Helly Hansen, etc.), sea-boots, gloves, cowl
- Several peaked caps (you'll lose one)
- Ski goggles (handy protection in heavy rain/hail)
- Synthetic fleece vest/shirt/jacket/pants
- "Tilly"-type, quick wash/dry underwear
- Sleeping bag, knowing it will get foul and wet
- Large "zip-lock" bags to keep underwear, sox, etc., dry
- Water-proof bag for valuables (wallet, passport, etc.) and your own "ditch bag"
- "Walkman" & discs, reading material and journal
- Bring a small day pack or belly pouch for shore excursions.
- All should fit in one, soft, sea bag.
- Individual packages of instant oatmeal, hot chocolate,
soups and juice crystals
- S/S thermos bottle
- Ginger snap cookies & ginger candies (known for anti-seasickness qualities)
Personal Medic Kit:
- Sea Sick pills/potion
- Good medi-scissors, tweezers and magnifying glass
- Hot/cold compress, butterfly bandages, elastoplasts roll
- Lip balm, skin lotion, after-shower talcum mixture
- Topical anesthetic pads.
- Silly hats/fun stuff, roll of duct tape (all hatches leak), braided nylon twine and about 20' - 30' of light gauge s/s wire (tying stuff down, lanyards, etc.), knee pads (in rough seas, you'll spend time on your knees), binoculars, a cheap watch (Timex- leave any good ones at home) and a cheap camera, alarm clock, flashlight & extra batteries. Antiseptic hand soap & nail brush. Small gift for skipper and, perhaps a few "trading goods" - use your imagination.
Prior to departure:
- Become confident & practice (and become famous for) preparing a one-pot meal, a bread/dessert or other "surprise" from the galley. Make sure you're in good physical shape. If musical, a harmonica, flute is good - practice. Guitars are too big/subject to damage.
Upon arrival at the vessel:
- side from the usual safety familiarization and with the skipper's permission, check all the rigging possible to familiarize yourself, check all pad eyes, shackles, shackle pins, winches, blocks, sail tracks and reefing gear - even fresh from the shipyard, pins & bolts can be the wrong size/material, loose or missing. Insist on practicing reefing and head-sail changes. A "shake-down" cruise in home waters is essential.
- Make a diagram of all thru-hull fittings (where they are) and go find them - also rudder shaft fitting and propeller shaft fitting/stuffing box. FIND AND KNOW WHERE ALL THE HOLES IN THE BOAT ARE.
- If possible, secure a crew berth in the aft section or mid-section - the forepeak is very uncomfortable in seaway. Find and examine all hand-holds (and other fittings/fixtures that you may grab), especially around the galley and in the head, to ensure they will take your weight when being tossed about.
- If "hot-bunking", discuss with your bunk mate, in advance, any personal feelings about hygiene, tidiness, privacy that may concern you.
- Report ANYTHING to the skipper that doesn't "feel" right and GET RESOLUTION with him to allay any future doubts or determine a course of action, in advance, for those feelings.
- Do not present yourself or your abilities with any exaggeration but do emphasize any particular abilities or talents you have confidence in.
- Boozing skippers or crew are trouble - a ration of rum or a beer/per day is okay, but any amount incapacitating, is not acceptable.
- Some skippers shout and use less than flattering terms when under pressure - remember he's responsible for both his safety and yours - but it should be only a temporary phase. Don't get insulted or let these comments get under your skin. Never-the-less, pay attention, ask for guidance, re-visit the situation and/or seek resolution.
- Needless to say, privacy on any yacht is at a premium and in the tropics, nudity is not uncommon - this applies to both sexes and can be troublesome if not fully confronted - if you've got any "hang-ups" about either, ask and clear the air. And speaking of sex, make sure your own morals, ethics and demeanor are consistent with the skipper and crew.
"Good luck and fair winds"
- Never have a rigid time schedule - the ways of the sea are not timely as weather, a great anchorage (or beach bar), breakdowns/repairs, etc. can eat into schedules. And, trying to keep a schedule usually coincides with s#*t happening.
- Re-visiting some of the original stuff - binoculars - bring your own and never play around with the helmsman's unless invited to - a real faux pas and could be dangerous in critical situations.
- Never tread the deck in "shore shoes" - keep deck shoes aboard or go barefooted.
- You'll never have too much money or enough credit resources - just don't flaunt the amount or how to access your private stash. Yep, I've seldom met a sailor who cruised "under budget" or purposely missed the bargain of the century in some foreign port.
- Get fit and keep fit - the vessel will be constantly moving and so will muscles you never thought you had. Legs, arms, upper body and, believe it or not, some internal organs (your intestines are muscles, too). Therefore, bowel movements (or lack of them) aren't necessarily only affected by anxiety, diet and the sea's motion if you're trying to diagnose an uncomfortable feeling - usually tummies settle down after 3 or 4 days.
- Hydration...drinking water is something often overlooked when you're surrounded by the stuff. Make sure you drink enough, at least 3 liters/day, ideally 4+ liters.
Note: if the water is "made" by a water maker or gathered from rain, it will lack the minute amounts of natural minerals of shore-side water. Taking multivitamins with mineral content may be advisable on lengthy journeys - consult your physician when you get a recommended pre-cruise check-up.
- Speaking of water, it is usually in short supply so get used to sponge baths (try it with 1 or 2 liters of water!) rather than showering - not pretty, but can be a real art. If warm enough, bath in the ocean with 'salt water' soap, then rinse off with your ration of fresh water.
- Do not simply assume that the skipper (or anyone else onboard) knows what to do with the contents of the large First Aid Kit (there is one, right?). Taking a first aid and CPR course yourself is a good idea.
- A further element that may sneak up on you is "fight or flight" syndrome. This generally happens when you're about to be called into action - anchoring, reefing, dealing with an emergency. For some, their bladder reacts and the urge to visit the head is anywhere from uncomfortable to critical when something unfamiliar or challenging is about to take place. Try to anticipate this reaction and use the head.
- So, you've found a well-equipped boat, even some "toys" onboard - wow! But get the use of the goodies cleared up with the skipper before you leave. Nice shower, Satellite phone, nifty dinghy with an outboard, etc., - some skippers believe the use is for them only! Reported also was the skipper who won't let anyone use the electric windlass, risking draining of the batteries. It’s also a good idea to discuss what, if any duties, you might be expected to do aboard at an anchorage while the skipper or others head for shore and the bar you can see in the distance. Hey, it happens!
- Another revelation is the "skipper/scam artist", found particularly on deliveries. It isn’t his boat and regardless of your arrangements with him, any future personal or legal difficulties usually find him walking and you holding the bag. Find the person/company who is the documented owner and go over your "mutual" crewing expectations and obligations with him. A professional approach should be welcomed by all parties - and if not, bail out!
- Be particularly careful if the skipper plans to skirt U.S./Canadian/any major ports or solicits for "passengers" after selecting you as crew... both very dodgy (legal) situations!
- Attitude is EVERYTHING. Your new shipmates will include strangers with their own "baggage", ambitions and skills - always look for the best in everybody and be prepared for the sharing of deepest secrets - and hearing the most outrageous lies/lives' stories - when huddled in the cockpit or under starry skies.
- Above all, especially for neophytes (and sailors with notoriously short memories), remember that as romanticized as sailing is, you WILL find discomfort, fear and a hankering for terra firma. This will be offset by finding personal strength in challenging your surroundings, overcoming fears and, perhaps, falling hopelessly in love with the sea, its' shores and our fragile, beautiful world.
- Remember that the boat represents a large investment to the owner - as crew, treat it with respect.
- In all cases, any signs of incompetence, lack of vessel preparation, drunkenness, abuse, privacy or sex issues and general incompatibility that make your "red lights" go off, should prepare you to abandon the venture. By all means, express your concerns to the skipper but don't hesitate to bail out if your "level of comfort" is going to be compromised. Any serious concerns you have now, that can't be resolved, will be compounded in the many days, isolated at sea, despite feelings of disappointment and possible regret you may initially have when the vessel sails without you.