Life on a sail boat is an adventure that not many people experience. It is one of the most adventurous things you can do. It is very fun and chances are you will learn something while you are on the boat. Sailing requires teamwork. It is like a machine and the people are like parts. Without all the parts doing their job the machine won’t function properly.
For the crew to function properly you have to work as a team. There are certain jobs that have to be done at certain times. For example, If the bow lookout sees a boat in the distance he needs to tell the person steering the boat right away. If he waits to long to tell the person steering the boat then there could be a collision. I love being part of a team and working together to make sure everything works properly. Navigation also needs to be done at a certain time. It needs to be done every half hour. If it is not done, or done late then we might be going the wrong direction, thus taking us longer to get to our destination.
There are all kinds of jobs to be done on the boat. There needs to be at least six people to do the jobs on a sail boat. It is much easier with around eight or ten people. Some of the jobs include steering, pilot house, boat check and lookout.
There is always one person steering the boat. This station is called the helm, it is in the back of the boat and you have to communicate with the people on lookout duty so you know where to go. I love to steer the boat. the person steering the boat has a big responsibility and needs to be aware of everythign going on at all times. The person in the pilot house measures the RPM’s and write in the ships log book. Every half hour the boat check people come into the pilot house and do navigation. When you do navigation you use the GPS (global positioning system) to figure out your longitude and latitude. After you have those coordinates you figure out your speed. Once you have your speed you figure out how many nautical miles you have to go. then you divide the total distance left by your speed. That will tell you how long it will take you to reach your destination.
There are four lookouts, these are called bow lookout, stern lookout, port lookout, and starboard lookout. These people constantly keep watch to make sure the boat won’t hit anything and to make sure nothing hits the boat. When one of the lookouts sees something they report it to the person who is steering the boat. The person steering the boat now knows where to go. The last station is boat check. These people just make sure the deck is clean and do whatever anyone needs. They help the person in the pilot house do navigation. My favorite lookout is the bow lookout. It is soo exciting because you are above everyone else and can look down on the whole ship. the wind is in your hair and it’s very fun up on the bow.
Sailing is one thing everyone should experience if they have the chance. It is very fun and requires teamwork. I would highly encourage everyone to try sailing. Sailing is just you, your boat, and the ocean. You can go anywhere on a boat.