So you want to be on a race crew?

A career for exceptional sailors

A professional race crew is made up of different positions, and together they competitively operate and navigate a racing yacht along a course, aiming to win.

Tough competition

Many people dream of a career as part of a professional race crew but few people realise that dream. Although racing crew come from all walks of life and all sorts of backgrounds, this is seen as the hardest part of the maritime industry to break into.

Competition for positions on racing yachts is tough and being in the right place at the right time is often the way to success. Networking is key, so you’ll need to be confident, outgoing and flexible.

Racing yachts will be looking for exceptional candidates so you’ll also need to develop your current skills and gain as many qualifications as you can. You might find that working in the marine industry first will help, as it’ll mean you’ll probably be living and socialising in large yachting areas, and can begin mixing in the right circles.

Ideally you will have a sailing background, perhaps racing dinghies, or competing locally in yacht racing. With a realistic and hardworking attitude, talent, a determination to succeed and a slice of luck, it is possible to make a career out of yacht racing, and we’ll be here to help you along the way.

“The thrill of racing superyachts is unlike anything else I’ve experienced and to be doing it as part of my job is genuinely a dream come true. I love what I do and being part of a successful crew. I’m always looking forward to the next race.”

Ed Collinge, Yachting Cadetship

Ocean Training

You’ll log over 3,000 miles at sea and complete shore-based training in yacht maintenance, engineering, navigation and theory. You’ll gain as many qualifications as you can, putting you in the best possible position for a career in yacht racing.

Professional Yacht Cadetship

This course combines shore-based lessons, practical training afloat and valuable, paid industry experience. You’ll work on-board superyachts, which can help you network your way into racing.

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