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Come Sailing with us

Welcome aboard! We are looking forward to a busy sailing season in 2023 featuring several guest crew experiences up and down the East Coast, and into the Gulf of Mexico. As guest crew experiences are scheduled, they are added to the schedule below.

Be advised that all guest crew will be required to read and adhere to Spirit of South Carolina‘s COVID-19 policy.

Do you have a passion for sailing or a love of adventure and the great outdoors? Sailing aboard Spirit of South Carolina might be your opportunity to experience the hands-on challenge of sailing a traditional ship. As guest crew, you will work alongside Spirit‘s professional crew and participate in all aspects of life aboard the ship — up to your level of interest and ability. You will stand watch, steer the vessel, help with ship’s maintenance, and more.

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Spirit of South Carolina typically sails with a professional crew of 12 men and women, including the captain, ship’s cook, two mates, bosun, engineer, and six deckhands. Spirit of South Carolina boasts 28 berths; 16 in the Forecastle and 12 in the main Salon,  shared by crew and passengers. Crew and Passengers are purposely intermingled to encourage conversation, shared questions, continuous learning, and shipmate comaraderie.

Grab your gear and come aboard Spirit of South Carolina for an overnight sailing adventure! Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Scroll down to view this year’s guest crew experiences (we add to the list as we confirm Spirits‘s schedule, so check back periodically).

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Considering a Guest Crew Position?

Below are some useful links about our guest crew opportunities aboard Spirit of South Carolina:

What is it like to be guest crew? Check out these resources from folks who came aboard:

 

Cancellation Policy: Guest crew reservations may be canceled up to ten business days or more prior to departure with a full refund. To cancel an existing reservation, please contact Spirit of South Carolina Inc. at 410.539.1151 or spirit@spiritofsc.org. Cancellations made fewer than ten business days prior to a departure will not be refunded. Should the captain or Spirit of South Carolina, Inc. cancel the guest crew experience due to weather or extenuating circumstances, a full refund will be given.

Guest Crew Passages
If you are interested in sailing on one of the listed passages, apply by clicking the link in the schedule below for any experiences for which there are still spots available. If there isn’t an active link for a particular experience, that experience is not open for applications. We will notify you by email within seven business days of receipt of your application if you have been approved for a passage. Upon application approval, you will be asked to provide additional information and remit payment within three business days to Spirit of South Carolina Inc. Everyone must complete the application forms, regardless of past guest crew status.
We will post guest crew passages as they become available.

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Passage Description
Embarkation Date
Disembarkation Date
Price
Cruise Availability ID
Key West with Ports of Call at Savannah
Charleston Maritime Center 9/15/2023
Schooners Wharf, Key West 9/25/2023
2000
Bermuda, St Georges- Route of the Blockade Runners, Celestial Navigation,
Charleston Maritime Ctr 3/14/23
St. Georges, Bermuda, 3/20/23
1300
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