Our crew was divided into three watches to oversight the ship for a period of time, four hours each – to keep an eye on the weather, observe traffic, steer the ship, or ensure that the vessel’s position was maintained when we were at anchor.
Every day, one person from each watch was at the mercy of the ship’s cook, assigned to the Galley to help prepare meals, while some others were responsible for cleaning the living quarters.
Other than that, everyone was expected to handle the lines and other equipment, reef the sails, carry out repairs, and take part in manoeuvres.
Over those few days I settled into a pleasant routine. And, all I can deduce is that it is worth trying, although there were times where life drained out of me, and I was so tired that I could not even find the energy to swear.
The voyage had refreshed my spirit and gave me inspiration for future projects.