Thursday, May 11, 2017

Who's On Watch? What's a Watch? Which Watch is Which?

It's usually about this time that the boats and crews start thinking about "Watches", if they haven't already.......and we're not talking about an Apple watch!

"Watches" - the periodic rotation of crew on a long distance journey - are as unique as the boats and are usually dictated by habit, tradition and pragmatic need.

We mentioned the Dog Watch earlier in this blog. ...

Without going into too much detail, there are a variety of watch "styles" or types including rotating shifts, alternating rotations and various other "systems" that individual boats dictate.

The bottom line is, everyone HAS to get some sleep at some point in the race!

Some may try to go the entire distance without ever going "off watch" but it is:
a) not necessary
b) painful, &
c) not so smart

"Hot Racking" is another term used when talking about watches; it simply refers to sharing a bunk....meaning one person gets out and the "off watch" person gets in the warm berth.....it may sound a little weird until you come off of a 5-6 hour cold, wet, middle of the night watch....then it's maybe not so bad!

Here is more information about watches, and watch systems....which watch system is used tonight could mean the difference between winning and losing in the final analysis........

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_system

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_racking

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