The deep blue ocean is calling out to you?
Ever thought of experiencing the fun and adventure of delivering a boat over a long distance? It's both an intense challenge and an unforgettable adventure.
“Life on board is unlike anything one experiences on land. The goals, the rhythm of the hours and the days, the daily chores, the relationships take on a whole new meaning. You form a separate and independent world with your shipmates, the ship and the ocean. You soon form special bonds together, and the ship becomes part of the team. You share laughter, stories and sometimes, anxiety. It's a delicate balance that must continuously be renewed. It's hard to say what drives this unity between the crew and the ship and what makes a successful journey. It's a successful meeting of a boat, random people joined by their dreams and aspirations. It's a precious shared secret. All we know for certain is that it's an unforgettable experience.”
(adapted from texts taken in the Glénans Navigation guide)
Every spring and fall, some of the boats in our bareboat charter fleet transition to/from Lake Champlain in New York State and the Bahamas.
Professional captains lead these transitioning delivery passages, which takes approximately 3 weeks.
Each of these sailboats needs volunteer crews; 2 to 4 men or women seeking adventure as volunteer crew members.
Under the supervision of the Captain, you will be required to assist with all aspects on board. From sailing maneuvers to watches, and basically all that is required to run a boat during the transitioning.
You can also join in if you have less time (1 to 2 weeks) by volunteering for a specific portion of the journey.
The annual spring transitioning of vessels begins at the end of May. The annual fall transitioning usually begins at the end of September.
How To volunteer as a crew member?
Simply contact Elizabeth White at 514-382-4445 ext. 101 and ask us for information and availabilities.
We will be able to answer all your questions about becoming a volunteer crew member.
Volunteer crews are assigned on a “first-come-first-served” basis. So don't delay!
What should I bring during the trip
What to bring
- Passport and medical insurance
- Warm clothing for the northern portion of the journey
- Light clothing for the southern portion of the journey
- Foul weather gear (Can be purchased at Sail or Le Baron)
- Wool and rubber gloves
- 2 pairs of deck shoes / Foul weather water-proof boots (non-streaking)
- Sun screen / lip balm
- Sunglasses + string/clips
- Hat + clip
- Head lamp + batteries
- Inflatable safety vest (if you already have)
- Sleeping bag + pillow case
In the spring
Plan your return from Lake Champlain. Car pool with your shipmates, leave a vehicle at the marina or arrange for a friend to pick you up.