|What is involved in crewing on Freya?
For safety reasons and the comfort of fellow crew members we operate a strictly
No Smoking policy onboard Freya.
You will be a member of the crew and participate in the daily duties together
with the other crew members onboard.
You will be expected to, among other things:
You don't need any previous sailing experience
but it is an advantage if you are active, interested and eager to learn. Being
independent and used to travelling will enhance the experience.
- Assist when we leave and come to a port or a mooring.
- Stand a watch of 2-3 hours during which time you will
be responsible for the boat under the skipper's instructions.
- Help to set, reef, furl and take down sails.
- Be responsible for keeping your cabin and heads clean
and assist with general cleaning of the boat.
- Assist in provisioning the boat.
- Undertake "Galley Duty" and prepare lunch and
dinner for the skipper and crew once or twice a week.
On Freya we are all dependent on each other to get the most from
An example of a typical day on Freya:
- 08.00 - Skipper and crew prepare their own breakfast and
clean the dishes.
- 09.30 -
When we go ashore during the
day we do not normally eat onboard though you are welcome to return
and prepare your own lunch. Sometimes we will have dinner onboard Freya,
sometimes we eat ashore; again the choice is yours to make. All food
consumed onboard is included in your daily rate but please note that wine,
beer, spirits and soft drinks are not included but you are welcome to
bring your own onboard.
During our days ashore we normally do things together but you will
be perfectly free to do your own thing or stay onboard and relax, listen
to music, sunbathe, swim or read. During days ashore the crew will also be
responsible for provisioning the boat as necessary with all costs
re-imbursed by the skipper upon production of receipts.
- 09.30 - Sailing days:
We will sail or motor depending on the wind.
The crew will be divided into watches with normally 2 persons in each
watch. Each watch will be responsible for the sailing during a watch
period of 3 hours under the skipper's instructions and guidance. During a watch, the rest of the crew can
relax, socialize, read, sleep, listen to music or sunbathe in the cockpit
or on Freya's large deck cushions. We sail rather conservatively which means we will
reef (decrease sail area) early so that we have a comfortable sail. If we
have the wind from the behind (a run or a reach) we may hoist and unfurl
the 150 sq metre Gennaker and enjoy an invigorating sail. During the sail the
"galley duty" will prepare lunch - normally a salad. If
convenient to our passage we might also anchor for lunch in a secluded bay
and enjoy a swim.
- 17.00: If we are making a night sail
we will continue to sail, otherwise we will anchor or go to a
harbour/marina in the late afternoon.
- 18.30: Now some may feel that it is time for a
"sundowner" while the "galley duty" prepares dinner. Dinner
is normally served in the cockpit and we normally sit, talk and drink into the