The Triton

News

In yachting, there’s always more to learn

ADVERTISEMENT

A captain invited me recently to sail with a yacht crew from Ft. Lauderdale to Boston, a four-day offshore repositioning. Though I have been asked along vaguely in the past — “You should join us one of these days.” — this was the first time it actually came together.

I was nervous and excited. I’ve been known to get sea sick, even on large vessels, but I was confident the trip would outlast any uneasiness. Unfortunately, weather forced us to reroute and pull into Charleston, a mere 24 hours after we began.

While I got to meet the crew and spend two watches as look-out, I didn’t get to experience the crew dynamic that evolves when mariners are out at sea together, even for four days. One day just didn’t do it. Besides, I slept at least half those hours.

Still, I did learn a few things, the most significant of which is that it was clear that I don’t have my STCW. I felt in the way as the crew went through a MOB drill. (I never did spot the bit of trash our captain identified as our missing crew member.) And although I quickly learned how to plot our course, the radar and passing ships’ lights continued to confuse me.

I guess my point is, despite how much I know (or think I know) about yachting, there’s still much more to learn. Next up for me: schedule my STCW.

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of The Triton. Comments are welcome at lucy@the-triton.com.

 

Related Posts...
Publisher's Point: Lucy Chabot Reed It’s the day after the Read more...
Parents always want to give their kids a better life Read more...
As The Triton team sat around our conference table this Read more...
When we started hosting captains lunches 12 years ago, we Read more...
I reached out last month to yacht captains for some Read more...

Share This Post

About Lucy Chabot Reed

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher and founding editor of The Triton.

View all posts by Lucy Chabot Reed →

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Editor’s Picks

Hacker hijacks email, steals $100,000 charter deposit

Hacker hijacks email, steals $100,000 charter deposit

By Dorie Cox A client who enjoyed his previous Mediterranean charter wanted to do it again. He had the captain’s phone number and …

Veteran captain Jack Maguire dies

Veteran captain Jack Maguire dies

UPDATED Capt. Jack Maguire, veteran yacht captain and placement agent at Crewfinders International, died on June 23 as a result of …

Smaller yachts can skip MI inspection

Smaller yachts can skip MI inspection

Private yachts between 12m and 24m and less than 20 years of age are no longer required to undergo a pre-registration inspection to fly the …

Capt. Ryan O’Meara dies in the Bahamas

Capt. Ryan O’Meara dies in the Bahamas

By Dorie Cox Capt. Ryan O’Meara loved the water, his yacht crew, and his work on M/Y Pipe Dream, a 112-foot Westport. He was in the …