Hanna and Maxim's Experiences as Captain


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Hanna and Maxim's Experiences as Captain

Our mornings as Captain usually started really early, waking up at around 7:00am to have some breakfast. 

After that, with a cup of tea in hand, we go up to the bridge to have a look at the updated weather forecast before preparing for the staff meeting at 8:00am, where we tell the staff about the progress we made since the last day, the weather and other special announcements. 

Then we are on watch until 12:30pm. On watch we do rounds around the deck to make sure everything is safe, and nothing is lying around. Apart from that we have to write a logbook entry every hour (describing visibility, course, windspeed and direction, swell, pressure, position, etc.). 

At 11:30am we have the voyage crew meeting where we have to tell the whole crew about what is going on. We learned that the most important thing as a Captain is to always observe the general situation and the weather to have the whole overview over all actions happening on the ship, and to be prepared for rapid weather changes or other stuff you have to react really quickly. Normally, we would just have the 8:00am-12:00pm watch in the morning and evening, but as a Captain you also have to be ready to be woken up in the middle of the night to make a decision. Both of us experienced that (when inner jib ripped or the wind picked up immediately).

Our time as a Captain was really interesting and fun but also hard sometimes (especially to get up in the middle of the night!) and working together with Captain Chris Blake was a pleasure.

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