Here we are with another spell of relaxing sea days, so as promised here are a few words from Deck Cadet Joe Bowry.
Like my fellow Deck Cadet, Josh, I too have been fortunate enough to experience different types of ship and areas of the shipping industry, ranging from general cargo ships; carrying wood from the Baltic to various ports in Europe, to Tall Ships where I was lucky enough to sail in the Mediterranean Sea for a couple of months and to date sailing on a Class 1 passenger vessel, partaking on a World Cruise.
Since embarking in Southampton I have worked on deck and stood watches, including the 12 – 4 watch, 4 – 8 watch and the 8 – 12 watch. On each watch I have been able to practice the skills that I have learnt at University, including Astro-navigation, Ship Stability, Rules of the Road and Bridge Management, just to name a few. My most satisfying achievement whilst on watch was being able to determine the ships position by completing a 5 star fix.
One of the many benefits of being a ship with plenty of English officers, is that they are passionate about passing on their knowledge of the sea and the job to the up and coming officers. Particularly, the deck cadets onboard are extremely lucky to have quality tuition on every Sunday morning, which enables us to prepare ourselves for our Oral Examinations with the Maritime and Coastguard agency early next year.
Currently I am on day work, helping the deck watch carry out their daily maintenance program between 0800 – 1200, and then assisting the Boats officer with the maintenance of the Lifeboats and tenders from 1300 – 1500 and finishing off the day by helping the deck carpenter from 1500 – 1700 with his duties, which consists of a lot of Sanding and Varnishing!
The advantage of day work is being able to socialize in the evening, which is one of the perks of the job, especially with so many great performances from the onboard cast and guest entertainers. Moreover I have been lucky to be invited onto the Captain table 3 times now, which makes a nice change from the Officer Mess menu!
Alongside my training I have had the opportunity to take part in some amazing activities in my spare time, including going snorkeling in a reef in Bora Bora, surrounded by tropical fish and stingrays and also overcoming my fears and taking part in a Bungee jump in Auckland.
Currently, we are two days away from arriving in the Philippines, which for me is both exciting and humbling. Exciting because it is the half way mark of the world cruise and humbling because it will be the first time the crew will have seen their families in months, which for many will be the hugely appreciated.
I look forward to completing the rest of the voyage with all of the new friends I have made onboard and having the opportunity to explore the world with them. I’m very much looking forward to visiting more of Asia and revisiting Malta in April – which is my favorite port of call to date.
So from me, it is a real privilege and pleasure to share my experience of my time onboard the Saga Ruby.