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A typical day on board a tall ship consists of:

AM

  • Wake up early for watch duty
  • Join friends in the mess for a hearty cooked breakfast
  • Happy hour! – clean the ship (but to music!)
  • Climb 100 feet high to the yards to set the sails
  • Admire the beautiful view and maybe spot dolphins on the bow

Midday

  • Join friends in the mess again for a feast of baguettes, meats and salad

PM

  • Time to take the helm and steer the ship!
  • Off watch now, so relax with friends on the bow of the boat
  • Take in the sights and chat with new found friends on board
  • Start planning your tactics to win the next inter-watch challenge!
  • Watch the sunset over the horizon
  • Climb into bunk for a well earned rest before the next watch!

The ship’s day is divided into seven watches which are kept according to a rota:

  • 0001 – 0400 Middle watch
  • 0400 – 0800 Morning watch
  • 0800 – 1200 Forenoon watch
  • 1200 – 1600 Afternoon watch
  • 1600 – 1800 First Dog watch
  • 1800 – 2000 Second Dog watch
  • 2000 – 2400 First watch

Superimposed on the watch keeping rota is a daily routine, similar to this:

  • 0720 – 0840 Breakfast in two sittings
  • 0850 – 0900 Chief officer’s briefing
  • 0900 – 0950 ‘Happy hour’ (cleaning)
  • 1000 – 1030 Practical training
  • 1220 – 1330 Lunch in two sittings
  • 1330 – 1530 Quiet time / maintenance
  • 1600 – 1700 Practical training
  • 1720 – 1840 Supper in two sittings