The Tecla works with a three watch schedule, this means you will be on watch for 4 hours, have 8 hours of watch and then again you will be on watch for 4 hours. So within 24 hours you will be on watch for 8.
The watches are divided into the Red, White and Blue watch, after the colours of the Dutch flag.
Red: 00:00 – 04:00 and 12:00 – 16:00 hours
White: 04:00 – 08:00 and 16:00 – 20:00 hours
Blue: 08:00 – 12:00 and 20:00 – 24:00 hours
Each watch has a watch leader, one of the permanent crew. The watch leader will give you instructions during your watch. Your first watch will be filled with instructions on what watch keeping is. You will be told what is expected and you will be informed about the navigational equipment on board.
Watch keeping means being out on deck, awake and without music or books. You will sit on the aft on the lookout or with bad visibility you will be on the front of the Tecla on the lookout. You will be steering the vessel in turns and write down the position of the vessel every hour. Three watches means that the watches are never bigger than 6 people. So all watch members will get a chance do some navigational work.
Every watch has an own set of shores to do on board. The red watch is responsible for making the dinner and doing the dishes of the lunch. White will make breakfast and do the dishes of dinner. And Red will prepare lunch and do the dishes of breakfast.
We have a daily routine we work with and we will keep to this routine. This way you know what to expect and you know when to work or sleep. We do not change watches, so you will have the same routine every day.