How to get money sailing

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by er111a, May 28, 2009.

  1. Greg #4134

    Greg #4134 New Member

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    Try sailing as good as this guy http://www.ussailing.org/News/sailoroftheweek/Default.aspx and you might have a slight chance but as everyone else here has said sail because you like to sail and if you can make money at it great, but don't count on it.

    I just took the US Sailing Level one Instructor course, I suggest taking that and start teaching others to enjoy sailing as much as you do then you can make a few bucks and get the satisfaction of passing on the joy of sailing!
     
  2. sailjacks

    sailjacks Member

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    Some of the best sailors I know coach privately or run clinics or similar events, which I would assume brings in enough to cover the expenses of a laser
     
  3. nateowens

    nateowens District 12

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    Hi Good Sailor Looking for Sponsorship,

    How are you?

    As a sponsored sailor throughout most of my life, I wanted to share my experience in how I went about earning such a thing. I have been sailing nearly all my life on all sorts of different boats. I was building up my skills and experience. It is very important to be active and socialable. Don't burn bridges while you are younger because that makes you a sponsorship liability.

    In high school I sailed under sponsorship of my parents. It took about 15 years of interviews and relationship building until they would agree to sponsor me. It was nice because they did not require distracting stickers or advertising on my boat. I did, however, have to give them the obligatory "Thank you" and "I couldn't do it with the support of.." if I was accepting a trophy. I also had to have them standing by me in any photos. All in all, it was a good sponsorship.

    I sailed in college in the midwest with some fairly heavy competition. Regattas were as expensive as by bar tab plus a $10 registration. During this time I was sponsored by the DJ and events company that I owned, which most weekends kept me from going to regattas in order to make the money needed for aforementioned regattas. Still, I was able to earn enough to travel and compete as often as possible. This sponsorship required a lot of hard work, but it was worth it.

    When I graduated from college I had to invent a way to continue to get money from sailing. I worked hard to put together a resume and submitted it to about three dozen companies. In my opinion, you want to spread yourself as far as possible here. I traveled to the companies for interviews and finally found a company to sponsor me.

    I work for them about 40-50 hours a week designing software, testing software and fixing software and they give me money to sail, travel to regattas, buy boats or boat parts. I've had a sponsorship like this about four years now. It's not a always sailing centric sponsorship. Sometimes I think they don't understand that they are actually sponsoring my sailing habits. Regardless, they keep sending the checks so I keep giving them the 40-50 hours a week of my time.

    My sponsors have provided me with enough for cover my sailing expenses. I haven't been able to buy the newest boats or biggest boats, but with time I will may get there. It is important to have patience.

    I find that informal sponsors are really easy to find. Just the other night I crewed on a J/24 and the owner bought me a beer and a dinner after the races. That saved me $20 and I thanked him graciously. Through that exchange, I had just earned $5 an hour for sailing with him. [and that is tax free!]

    Then there was another time after a regatta that I sailed a boat someone's boat back to his home port a few hours away. I invited two friends and we told stories and enjoyed the sun and wind. When I got there he paid me. Can you believe that?!

    So be on a sharp lookout. Sponsorship can occur through many different channels.

    Work hard at sailing. More importantly work hard in school. Learn to read.

    There is a huge opportunity cost to disregard the kind of "sponsorship" that 99.2% of us receive to be the one of thet very few people who are actually sponsored to sail.

    With that being said, good luck an godspeed.
     
  4. sailstarz

    sailstarz New Member

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    at wuz ahwsum, Nate! This poor kid, getting grief from everyone, and deservedly so. But this was constructive sponsorship advice from Nate. At least this kid is doing something besides playing with his ipod and texting his friends while sitting right next to them. My high school didn't have a sailing team, nor did they even recognize that dacron should be used for anything but pep rally banners and pompoms. I had to beg my folks to drive me weekends from Atlanta to Florida where I could sail against kids who were in a top notch sailing program, like St. Pete YC's Ed Baird and Rick Merriman. Eventually, I would captain the University of Florida sailing team, and Ed would captain Florida State. It was a rivalry greater than football. Now I am sponsored by a company, like Nate. I race Lasers again for the fun of it and Ed is at the helm of Alinghi. I spoke with Ed a few years ago the day after his NY Yacht Club carbon 12 meter had snapped in half off Auckland and nearly killed him and his crew. He was in a tight spot, struggling to keep his family afloat; sailing all day and up all night pleading with sponsor for funds. Not sure what my point is here, but perseverance works for the few who severely persevere, but not always. It's a rough road, kid. Teaching sailing is not a real paying gig, and then you are too burnt on sailing. Take Nate's clever advice - enjoy sailing and work doing something else. If you get so good at it in the meantime, and Larry Ellison knocks on your door, bonus.:cool:
     
  5. er111a

    er111a laser_sailer

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    btw I am a sailing instrutor now
     
  6. Flipt

    Flipt New Member

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    Good for you! I would imagine that it would be pretty tough to earn a living as a sailing instructor, but it is a great way to return something to the sport and to learn in the process. It seems that I learn much more when I teach than when I study!

    I thought your question was a great one and I hope that you find a way to earn a living while doing something you love.
     

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