LIFE ON REVELATIONS SO FAR
First of all, we are not use to sharing our home, kinda private people. We never sleep over at friends or family, merely because we like our own space. To join the Governors Cup race, we had to take a minimum of 4 crew. Through one of the sailing schools, we had candidates phoning and e-mailing us, thus Joe, Patrick and Rinette joined us for the cruise. Joe knows his way around a yacht and a fishing rod. Patrick, loves the ocean, he does not swim though, but also have experience in all aspects of sailing. Rinette grew up on the Westcoast and sailed with her parents and now with her family on a monohull. All three crew members on Revelations respects the fact that they have a skipper in charge and follows demands and duties without any hesitation. Although we have different personalities, we all get along and enjoy the diversity of characters on board.
Shifts are in place, 00H00 to 06H00, 3 hours a day per crew member, and 18H00 tp 24H00. Although everybody works shifts, we are able to have breakfast, lunch and dinner together. Crew takes power naps during the day to cope with the night shifts. Life is much different now with the no wind situation, very little to do, so we enjoy the beautiful ocean and take full advantage of the relaxed ambience.
Breakfast starts with coffee and rusks, then cereal or oats. Lunch might be sandwiches or leftovers from the previous night. For dinner we braai, pasta or fish and something....... I don’t spend hours in front of the stove as it’s sometimes difficult to keep your balance with all the motions of the boat. One pot meals seems to work, also to be able to eat with one cutlery utensil. I was clever enough to freeze some ready made meals, so heat and eat provides hearty meals in a jiffy. We have a fridge freezer in the galley, and in addition 2 freezers in the port hull which allowed me enough space to feed 5 people with comfort. We are not on the tins yet, not my kinda food, but got it for back-up.
All aboard enjoys water during the day, and the odd cold drink. Fizzy drinks takes up space and goes flat quickly, so, Tang, Game and Pop-o-Drink works well. Early morning and night-shifts enjoys coffee by the dozen, Nescafe Cappuccino and Boston Rooibos Cappuccino are quick and easy to make. No alcohol on route.
Sitting at the helm for hours, requires nibbling. So I have 2 baskets with nibbles, from biltong to chips and nuts and sweets and dried fruit and biscuits and cheese wedges.
The boat gets dirty quickly, hair and fluff ... amazing how many hair we loose per day. I run the de-humidifiers every time the generator starts, also let the fans blow in the cabins and saloon. Cushions and clothing gets damp quickly, and once you have a mould stain, it’s impossible to get it out. So before clothes goes in the laundry bag, it must be completely dry. We are using a roll of paper towel a day, always something to clean-up to dry or ... damn, I don't know ... but a roll a day it is.
The first morning shift starting 06H00 washes the deck by about 07H30 when they find themselves to be in a functional state. You see, firstly they are tired, then the body must get going to loosen the sore muscles, then coffee and rusks, then a silence and a stare for a while, ... this proses takes an hour and a half.... Batteries must be charged daily, either by the motors or generator. We have solar panels which helps a lot, but due to 12v, 24v and 220v systems on the boat, we have to use the, generator for at least 1 hour a day. During that time we run the water maker, the ice maker and the washing machine. Also need to run the fuel transfer pump daily to clean the diesel that goes into a day tank. Dirty diesel creates major drama for the diesel engines, so we take precaution and run the diesel through filters. We kinda have a little town here. Generate our own power and communication systems. Talking about communication, ... now that is quite another story. We have a satellite phone to phone, as in voice calls, also to email. Then SSB (short wave radio) also to email and voice. SSB is very time consuming and complicated affair to get a connection. Then the VHF radio for communicating with other yachts in close proximity (line of site) and to inform port control of your arrival or departure.
We used our foul-weather gear only for the first 3 days. Now, at night it gets slightly chilly when on duty outside, but inside the boat it’s nice and warm. Day temperatures are currently extremely high, so the guys end up in baggy’s and the ladies, ... well what ever feels right.
I must admit, I quite enjoy the anonymity in the momentous space. One can just be, have the time to observe, process and soak up. A fulfilling experience to say the least. I do however miss my parents, family and friends dearly.