The fire brigade visiting the Clipper Stad Amsterdam

From London to Ostend is not that all that far. But on board a sailing ship you are forced to make some detours. The traffic separation system dictates a certain course, busy anchor areas where it is best to go around, sandbanks with not enough water or a wind park that blocks the road. Only when you go somewhat north it is possible to go around the oil platforms.

The North Sea remains a challenging sailing area; the busy traffic on the water does not make it any easier, only having some experience will give more peace. But only by practicing does one gain experience. 


An emergency?

Fortunately, there aren’t many emergencies on board which means that the experience could be better. In order to gain experience we practice regularly. Every week we pretend that we have a fire on board. The alarm bells ring, everyone is in charge of his or her assigned task and this way we create some routine coming in handy in case of an emergency. When we are in a harbour we would of course call in the help of real the fire brigade. And because a  city’s fire department rarely has to extinguish a fire on board of a ship, it is good for them as well to practice. And good for us to see how others would do act in a real danger situation. Once again we succeeded in extinguishing an imaginary fire and finding a victim and getting this victim on deck for medical assistance. It was a very instructive and entertaining morning for all of us.

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about the author

Andi Manser - Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Captain Andi Manser came on his bike to the Netherlands all the way from Switzerland, his country of birth. He hoped to find a job on a yacht. His job as captain on the Clipper Stad Amsterdam is a dream come true.