You’re called a trainee because you will be a part of the work on board. No prior knowledge of sailing is required to join this impressive ship on its journey. How much we sail on each voyage is dependent upon weather and wind. If the wind doesn’t go our way, we’re required to start up the motor.
You participate in work on board, and your tasks will be assigned based upon your abilities and interests.
The more people who choose to work with the sails and rigging, the more the ship will be able to sail. It’s an amazing feeling and a fantastic view when the motor can be shut off, and the ship is able to go full sail. People are also required on deck to reel in the ropes. If you don’t wish to climb into the rigging, please let the shift leader know. On quiet shifts we often spend time teaching about knots, sailing, and seamenship.
Below you will find examples of tasks you may be assined as a trainee:
Lookout: As a lookout you’re placed at the front of the ship. You’ll be required to report everything you observe on the water: boats, fishing, wrecks or other moving objects. The ship’s bell is used to signal.
Helmsman: The helmsman, under crew supervision, controls the rudder, which in turn controls the ship. For many, this is the highlight of their experience.
Fire and security watch: Security watchmen patrol each half hour on set rounds, and warn of heat, fire, leaks and ensure that doors are properly closed.
Galley guard: One or two trainees from each shift can occasionally be stationed in the galley or pantry for a day, to help the cooks with meals.
Other tasks: When a trainee is not participating in a specific shift task you’re able to participate in sea maneuvers, general maintenance, or assisting with washing or brushing.