Radar Watch

It is gone 2 o’clock in the morning and I am sitting in the Nav Station
keeping the radar monitor company on the look out for rain squalls.

The trouble with rain squalls is that they materialise rather quickly, come
with high winds + a plummet in air temperature, cause a lot of damage to
the sails and then disappear in the direction of travel just as quickly.
Rain squalls are not good news.

The watch system – 4 hours on duty, 4 hours off(i.e. asleep)- throughout
the night leaves you pretty exhausted, so although 30 minutes on radar
watch gets you out of the chill of being on deck, it brings new challenges
of its own – staying awake when because of the warmth all you want to do is
go to sleep.

Feel quite hazy + cannot think straight on account of the tiredness but
must stay awake.

Thankfully still nothing on the radar.


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