To be quite honest I know little to nothing about sailing. However as soon as we set sail my fellow SCIPpers and I were expected to be part of the crew, working hard to ensure that everything runs properly. We were divided into 3 different groups: the forward, the main and the mezzanine. Each group has a 4 hour shift, sometimes in the middle of the night. Within our groups we are split up into teams of two and are given various tasks to do, steering, a boat check etc. I defiantly do not think that I could do this for years at a time like the sailors did in the 16th century. Luckily, we have modern technology like radar, power steering, and radios. It makes this job a whole lot easier.