Watch Systems

What do you do at night?
Administrator Wed, 11/28/2012 - 00:50
Reduce Crew Fatigue with Lucky 13 Watch Method Administrator Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:53

Traditional watch systems, including the "Modified Swedish" are good, but can leave a crew very tired, as off-watch times may shift all over the day and night.  This can dramatically disturb sleep cycles.

After the 2000 and 2002 Pacific Cup, many members of our crew, particularly including yours truly, slept for 17 hours straight after hitting land.  I set about to develop a watch system that kept wake/sleep cycles as constant as possible while still giving everybody a break from the dreaded 2 am watch.