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