The Mission of the 3 to 4 hourly watch is to operate the vessel and keep the right course. Navigation is crucial as it is initiating of necessary sailing maneuvers. The number of sailors onboard decide on number of watchmen and times between the shifts. Experienced sailors and permanent staff, who knows exactly the things to do, will form a group together with newbies. So all people are part of the process except the Steward who will be busy with its own creations.
There are no alcoholic beverages allowed while sailing. And for some sailors it’s hard to get up late at night to start ist shift. But you will be rewarded by faszinating moon lights, silence and the rush of the sea – the closest idea of winds and weather you can get. Vigilance is absolutely crucial but listening radio dramas of our mediothek will often make your nightwatch enjoyable.
Shooting stars and watching them are popular sports by wannabe-astronavigators from dusk till dawn and in addition to modern GPS based navigation everybody is welcome to run riot with a historic east german sextant… fishing sailors mayd catch some Baracudas and the crow’s nest at 30 meters offers views at sealile as at identified flying objects. To set off Dophin alarms belongs to the jobs of a watch as it does natural contraception through koitus interruptus by whalewatching.