- Keep your wits about you. There are no second chances at sea. If you're about to try something, and if you think it's a bit foolish, then don't try it. If you need to do something on the foredeck or aft of the cockpit and think you need someone else to help or watch out while you do it, then call someone else up from below to do that. There is no need for bravery or stupidity or whatever you want to call it.
- Look after yourself. If you need to sleep, then sleep. I will usually schedule watches so that everyone gets enough sleep but occasionally there are times when you can't sleep and are too tired to stay on watch -- in which case get someone else up. Drink plenty of water, and eating regularly staves off sea sickness.
- At sea, nothing goes on the navigation desk that is not for the purpose of navigation. Chocolate is a useful navigation aid and will be eaten by the navigator.
11 July 2011
Rules on board
There are a limited number of rules: