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THE WATCH SYSTEM
Voyages on Fair Jeanne
Participants are split into watches that run on 6 hours on / 6 hours off or 4 hours on / 8 hours off schedule depending on the number of trainees. Weather on the Green Watch, Red Watch or White Watch you will be "on watch" and on deck setting and dousing sails as well as maintaining the wellbeing of the ship while underway.
"The best part of being in a watch is that you live in such close quarters that you get to know these people better than you ever thought possible in such a small amount of time."
You spend so much time together on a watch that often you will sing songs (whether you can carry a tune or not) and swap stories and jokes. If it's soaking wet and raining on deck, you're all dealing with it together. You and your watch, including your officers, are in charge of what happens. By the end of the voyage on Fair Jeanne, you will have sailed a tall ship, been through some incredible challenges with people you just met but who now you would do anything for. You are a part of a group: you face challenges as a team, look out for the safety of your fellow crew members, navigate the ship through easy and difficult times and create lasting friendships and memories that come with being a part of a tall ship crew.
THE WATCH SYSTEM
Black Jack operates on a similar watch system to that of Fair Jeanne. One watch is named "Green Watch" and the other "Red Watch". You and all the members of your watch will rotate through activities and duties and by the end of your voyage, you will have stood watch at least once. Being "on watch" means that you and your watch are on deck setting and dousing sails as well as maintaining the wellbeing of the ship while underway. This is a great and challenging experience. It builds teamwork, leadership skills and trust for other members of the Black Jack crew.
Different day to day ship duties such as galley clean up will also be done with your watch. If your watch cleans up after dinner, you will be relieved from this task the following night. Each watch has a watch leader and /or an assistant watch leader to show you what to do and how the daily routine is followed.
A TYPICAL DAY
To be honest, no two days on Fair Jeanne are going to be completely the same. The schedule changes constantly. For example, if there is lots of good wind, you might be sailing for a greater portion of the day. If the water is like glass, we might anchor and go swimming or motor into port and go exploring. Hopefully, the following schedule can give you a rough idea of what a day on your voyage might look like. Either way, you'll have plenty of opportunities to work on your logbook levels. You can find information about our logbook here.
A TYPICAL DAY
The basic routine of our Black Jack camps runs quite similar to our Fair Jeanne voyages.