Archive for January, 2013

Getting Organized

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

We had our crew briefing this morning. The watch leaders, watches and mother watch schedule got announced. I’ll be doing my first mother watch on day 2. I probably won’t have my sealegs yet by that time, so the Scopace should prevent me from getting sick. Mother watch lasts the full day. To persons from each watch are taken out of the regular watch system. They clean the boat, prepare the meals, clean up dishes, serve out tea and munchies and clean up again. At the end of the day the mother watch persons enjoy two treats: A fresh water shower and a uninterrupted sleep until the next morning. In the briefing we also learned about the bunk assignments. Since we’ll be doing “hot bunking”, the assignment matters only for stowing my personal items. I got the upper “mother” bunk. This has the downside that when a “mother” is resting there, I basically can’t get to my stuff, so I better plan ahead. Since I will be having a “day bag” anyways with items for the next day, it should work out fine. I’ll be placing the day bag and my sleeping bag on an unused bunk on the lower side in the main cabin when I’m on watch.

Waiting to go sailing

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

It’s a hot day in Cape Town today with little wind. I arrived this morning in the marina and dropped off my bags on California on the last (almost completely) empty bunk. The wireless access works decently. I met quite a few people I knew from my training. Tomorrow I’ll have to show up at 8:30 in the morning at Qingdao to go on a training sail for the day. We won’t be returning to the marina and instead dock at the VnA Waterfront, a posh shopping area / mall which had been built just a few years back. Unfortunately there won’t be decent facilities (showers!) :-( so I guess tomorrow morning will be the last shower for a while. I was told that we will be taking off there on Sunday at 8:30am. At least it will be nicer for people to watch.

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“California” at the pontoon

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

After my arrival in Cape Town, the friend I’m staying with until crew change over day drove me to the marina. I dropped by at “California” to say a quick a hi and shake a few hands. They were quite busy with repairs, so I didn’t want to bother them for long. I got the confirmation from the skipper that I can stay on the boat from crew change over day on.