Originally Posted by slimnrp
Weíve been watching your vlog, thanks for all the effort that goes into that...are you going to be going into detail about crew for ARC, we are crossing in November, ARC +), and we need to start thinking about crew:
Do we really need
How was your watch system managed
Did you use family
and friends or did you use crew finder et al
If you get time to give your thoughts on this Iíd be grateful, if youíd rather PM then let me know.
Many thanks, keep up the good work
and both of you hurry up and put on some weight, youíre making us all feel bad
Firstly, thanks and I think the Caribbean
beers may be helping with the weight issue
We are only a couple of videos away from our crossing episode so hopefully we will cover all your questions (Iíll take note now and make sure we cover it).
Most importantly. We wholly recommend the arc and are so pleased we did it and learned so much in the process. The only negatives are November is quite early to depart and having a fixed departure date. From my point of view, itís worth putting up with the negatives to have the support of another 200 boats that all had to meet the same safety
criterion that you will. Plus youíll learn so much from the other crews before you depart.
Crew: we went for a crew of 5 which is a great number for our boat
and really easy watch wise. We took 2 guys I work with plus 1 girl recommended by a friend of ours.
We can single
hand our boat no problem so I opted for single
watches and if needed we wake up the next on shift. I counted on a 20 day crossing so every 4 days I rotated the shifts forward so nobody got stuck in a crap shift. It worked perfectly! Youíll need to wind
the clock back so we did 1 hour at lunchtime when itís no hardship and spread it over 4 days. Youíre prob wondering hour 12 hours divides into 5? 4x 2.5hr shift and 1x 2hr shift. I made the 2hr shift from 06:00-08:00 / 18:00-20:00 and that shift washed up after evening meal and cleaned the solar panels
in the morning. I didnít come across anyone else using this shift pattern but it 100% worked for us. Lots of time off and meant that nobody was tired during the day so we all ate together every day before sunset. We also reefed the main before dark every day. (If it wasnít already at reef 2!)
Iím impressed youíre planning this early Nigel, we didnít even think about the crossing until 6 weeks before! Hope this helps.
Oh. 1 more thing and the most important.... buy as much as you possibly can of anything you want before you leave Europe
. Even if you can get it over here, itíll cost between double and 10x!