STS Pogoria Trainee’s Guide
Sailing aboard STS POGORIA for the first time, you may have many questions and concerns. We realise that some of the rules may be completely new to you.
We hope that this material will answer many of your questions and make your first cruise with us an
What type of vessel is Pogoria?
Pogoria is a three-masted barquentine (a type of sail rigging), length of almost 48 meters and
carrying sails of 830 square meters. Pogoria was built in 1980 and usually takes 51 people on a cruise.
Whom are you going to meet on board?
Captain, who is responsible for whatever happens on board.
Permanent crew: bosun – who takes care of rigging and deck matters, mechanic – who takes care of
mechanical equipment, cook – who is responsible for the timely preparation of meals and tidiness
On top of this, the entire training crew is divided into four watches (groups), which are led by four
A watch officer is a person who meets certain sailing requirements and knows the ship. He/she is
responsible for keeping watch and ensuring safety
Who is the training crew?
Often the training crew consists of people with no sailing experience. You must remember that there
are no passengers on board Pogoria, everyone is part of the crew, which means that everyone on
board takes an active part in the work on the ship by performing watches according to the watch
Watch Leaders (senior watch) – from the training crew, from each watch, one person will be selected
to act as the senior watch. The senior watch is a member of the watch appointed by the officer of
the watch. He shall assist the officer in organising the work of the watch, manning stations, assigning
work during galley watches.
What is worth bearing in mind when going on board?
Firstly, remember that space on board is very limited. Your travel bag or sack needs to be soft and
once your belongings are stowed in the lockers, they need to be stowed as well. Your belongings
throughout the cruise must be kept tidy. Do not pack your belongings in a suitcase or rigid duffel bag,
there will be nowhere to put it. This is also important for safety reasons.
Take with you:
- documents: passport or identity card (be sure to bring the one you entered on your cruise application), seaman's book and sailing patent if you have them,
- waterproof warmer jacket and trousers or, preferably, a storm jacket
- rubber-soled shoes (tennis shoes, trainers); shoes with a stiff sole are fine, wellingtons canalso be useful
- T-shirts, trousers, shorts, warm sweatshirt or jumper, socks and underwear,
- a warm woollen hat (yes even in summer!),
- sleeping bag or pillowcase and sheets (there are blankets and pillows on board),
- sunglasses (you may need them even in winter when the sun reflects off the water!),
- sunscreen with uv filter, a hat to protect you from the sun,
Please note that there is no bottled water, juices or other such drinks or coffee available on board for
the crew. Tea is served at breakfast and dinner and a fruit drink at lunch. Tea can be made for
yourself in between meals using tea sachets and a kettle, which is available to the crew.
Also note that meals are prepared according to one general menu. It is not possible to prepare meals
according to individual preferences and diets.
Life on board and your duties
Remember that life on board takes place in a very structured rhythm according to the ship's
regulations, which are available on the website, which you must know and follow.
All the rules described are the result of years of experience.
- to 07 00 quiet hours
- 07 00 wake-up call
- 07 00 – 0730 morning toilet
- 07 30 – 07 55 breakfast
- 08 00 hoisting the colours and briefing; after the briefing, the navigational watch and galley watch eat breakfast; personal clearance
- 09 00 – 13 00 watchkeeping work with bosun
- 13 30 dinner
- 15 00 – 18 00 watchkeeping work with bosun
- 18 30 supper
- from 23000 quiet hours
In certain situations, the Captain may decide to deviate from this schedule.
At all times, the crew is bound by a 24-hour watch schedule.
You will certainly be acquainted with the exact watch schedule by the officer at the beginning of the
cruise. (The schedule is attached as Appendix 1 to the regulations).
What the watch looks like?
Navigational watch – It lasts four hours. When the ship is at sea, the entire watch is on duty on
board, whether it is day or night. As part of your tasks on watch, you will steer, watch the sea
standing on the look-out post and you will also be a navigational assistant.
Gangway watch – When the ship is in port you will be on duty at the gangway (entrance to the ship).
Watches are usually performed in a smaller group. The task of the gangway watch is to register
entries and exits, check moorings, bouncers and keep an eye on safety issues.
Galley watch – Lasts from 16.00 until 16.00 the following day. It occurs once every four days. During
this time, the entire watch helps the cook prepare the meals, serves them and also cleans up after
the meals. Once a day, the ship is thoroughly cleaned.
Bosun’s watch – also falls once every four days and lasts from 08.00 to 20.00, during which time the
watch will assist the petty officer with maintenance work and minor day-to-day repairs on the ship.
The most important thing on board is the safety rules.
- in public passageways and toilets the lights are on 24 hours a day, do not turn them off to
make it easier for others to move around the ship
- the door is left in the position: closed or open locked (there are a few exceptions of which
you will be informed),
- at night and in heavy weather conditions we use ONLY the aft companionway the aft
- access to masts and bowsprit is permitted after training, always only with the consent of
- only volunteers climb the masts and bowsprit
- no running on board
- Walk on deck in lace-up, closed-toe shoes (toes must be covered),
- We only throw toilet paper (that from the ship the ship’s paper) into the toilets. Do not
throw in there: personal hygiene products, wet wipes and other items. We drain the water in
the toilet 15 seconds, we do not save it, it is salt water (from overboard). These rules are very
important, there is a risk of clogged drains and then the toilets will have to be closed for
- Smoking is strictly prohibited in the all areas below deck. Smoking ban applies to underage
crew members. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas on the stern, at sea when the
vessel is underway – on the leeward side, in port on the water side.
- The carrying on board and consumption of alcoholic beverages as well as the possession
and use of drugs and other intoxicants is prohibited.
- The master Captain shall have the authority to disembark a person whose conduct has posed or is
likely to pose a threat to the safety of that person, other crew members or the ship, at the person's
Training, sails and ropes
Be prepared that once you have arrived on board, unpacked your provisions, a training session will
begin which will last several hours. It is mandatory and conducted by the officers.
During this training you will be introduced to:
- the ship’s accommodation
- safety rules and regulations
- emergency drills and how to use safety belts
- location and usage of fire and safety equipment
- knots, basic sail handling.
Remember that on board, we are all crew, working together.
If you are not sure what to do in a particular situation it is always better to ask.
Seasickness can happen to anyone, don't worry about it. If you feel unwell, the best idea is to go out
on deck properly dressed and with braces harness. Take a seat aft on the leeward side and be sure to
fasten yourself to the rail. If you feel well, it is a good idea for you to take care of the other crew
On the last day of the cruise there is a general cleaning of the ship, by all participants. This involves
the clarification clearing of berths and lockers that have been used individually and the cleaning of
bathrooms and all common areas by the individual watches.
It is only when the ship is clean that the crew finishing the cruise hands over to the new crew.