陈永年

中國帆船訓練協會 – 由秘書長-陳永年“查理陳”成立

我的第一次航行於帆船訓練艦馬爾科姆·米勒作為一個實習生,始於1979年4月1日. 我當時是全船最年輕的船員16歲又3個月.在兩週的航程我似乎已經打動了船長”馬克凱米斯 – 貝蒂”,分派我當廚師庫克的助手也許他注意到了我工作勤奮,也許他認為這真是諷刺讓一個中國小伙子在船上廚房工作。希望這是因為我已經表現出具領導能力的潛力。

 

 

於1980年3月,我加入了溫斯頓·丘吉爾的成員,在39個新學員和其他船員加入前一周抵達港口。總共55位船員包含船長(克里斯·布萊克),大副(肯格姆),管輪(邁克·斯蒂芬斯),水手長(喬治·索普),大廚庫克(羅恩·奇斯曼)和6位年長的志願者。有五個“大男孩”有航行經驗 –   3位瞭望員、水手長和我 。而我們在瑟瑟的寒風中出海。下面是船上大廚”羅恩”的航行日記.他教我如何在惡劣天氣條件下的廚房移動鍋具。

 

 

如下是我,在廚房水槽旁.我左邊的大管子是穿過廚房的船主桅杆.

 

我的角色是負責管三個年輕人,每一天和我一起在廚房工作享受不用值夜班樂趣,而不是站著看一夜的奢侈。他們有個綽號叫廚房老鼠。他們在我指揮下做清洗、擦洗甲板、剝土豆皮和做一些“女人”的雜事工作。這裡有一張船上老鼠的平均大小圖片。

 

現在大多數年輕人真的不喜歡廚房的工作.尤其是當他們暈船時,我知道我每一天都必須完成的任務。所以我主要都靠自己做。有很多鍋碗瓢盆於晚餐後(18:10小時)後洗起來。廚房的地板(廚房甲板)在晚餐時間洗好。豆子、肉汁、茶匙和破損的瓷器等,船上的日常工作在20:00時,大副會在海上第一、二天檢查廚房”,我會像中國人一樣工作在時間內完成任務。廚房老鼠暈船時出現在廚房,或是完全不在廚房。廚師羅恩在大約18時40分休息,因為他的工作已經完成。

大副來視察廚房時廚房看起來非常可怕.大副發現我永遠不會知道的地方藏有濃濃的污垢。發現大開罐器的刀片;下面有黃色圓形銅片在甲板排水孔裡. 烤焦的蔬菜已成黑炭在木炭烤箱的背面。

第3天大約18時45分,大廚(又稱鬱悶一號)衝進廚房。這些是他的話:“黑你~查理陳…你不要洗碗了(指著廚房的老鼠)。如果我看到你再次使用這些手洗碗….我把它們用鏈條綁到桅杆上。聽清楚了,”我點點頭” 他走了,我有點害怕。

於是我轉過身來很有禮貌告訴我的工作人員繼續幫我洗碗。他們做到了。然後我給他們其他清潔工作做。我請一位助手到下面倉庫拿一些廚師給我清單上的項目。當”鬱悶一號”回來於20:00時,在廚房比前兩天乾淨了許多。

第四天我對三個助手說:“把甲板上的土豆拿到後甲板剝皮”而他們做到了。

第五天:“到廚房去洗那些髒的杯咖啡!餐桌有夠髒,把桌子都再擦乾淨!”

我從中學習到我有了職責。我是廚師而由大廚,大副和船長的授權。如果這還不夠,廚房老鼠知道水手長總是在附近某個地方。

 

我的工作是不是用我的手。這裡是大副的照片”肯格姆”僅僅盯著帆使船走得更快!

 

這裡是船長克里斯·布萊克的圖片,掌控船舶所有的命令。

 

在這次航程我以為作為廚師助理的我表現的很糟糕。我最敬愛的船長說沒有,而說道大多數廚師的助理在2週航程結束的那周筋疲力盡。到1981年我的船長特意請我參加7週為期1982年的高桅橫帆船賽。再經過兩次航行,我已經完全獲得委託和指揮的能力。有點像這樣如下:

 

 

我一直在研究航海訓練的歷史、哲學和經濟學多年。在這兩條帆船,每個人都有一個職稱和一個角色。新學員對職級的關係有一定的理解,立即執行。問題關鍵是,我們五“大男孩”或“大女孩”被分派管理學員。我們必須好好做好自己的工作,不論以前我們以前的工作是什麼。就像我一樣,沒有多久就獲得了經驗和信心,特別是因為我們受到高級船員的支持。我們這麼做是不論體格大小、種族、宗教、性別或教育程度。

 

我在廚房表現優良的領導能力,所以經常發現我在船舷上彈我的吉他的機會比出現在廚房還多。我只需要確保一切工作都有照時完成。不是我自己來做。但必須承擔一切我的工作人員沒有做好的責任。

 

 

 

到1983年,我最喜歡的船長”克里斯·布雷克”,已經注意到我鮮少出現在廚房, 於是他讓我到甲板上訓練成瞭望員在一項高桅帆船賽。 (我還是設法重新回到溫暖的廚房參與1984年為期8週的高桅帆船賽)。

 

For many young volunteers, this was the top of the tree. It was like being  a school prefect, but with real authority. Each Watch had 13 trainees. There was a nice old person , who was the Watch Officer. That job was to man the bridge and then the Watch Leader had of glory of poncing about on deck and up the rigging with five or ten of the watch. For some years, the 39 trainees had blue work smocks or T- Shirts. The 3 Watch Leaders wore red, heroically. Can you spot two watch leaders in the picture below?

 

The above is a picture from this film below, about a voyage in 1982. It is well worth watching if you have the time.

And, below,  in the middle of the upper yard is my mate , Will Handley. Yes, he is wearing a red T-shirt. The photo is the parade of sail out of Southampton in 1982.

Young ladies can also be equally as heroic as blokes. Here is Lucy Todd and her watch in 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is me, in charge of the liberty boat for a day:

By the time I had finally grown up, April 1985, I had done more tours of duty on deck than time in the galley. On my final three trips, I had even got into the routine of making one of my watch the assistant leader for the day, so they could take charge of the more mundane tasks. Coiling the ropes; cleaning the bogs ( heads); stowing one of the smaller sails. So I can categorically state that nearly everyone can lead others , in this structured “society”, on a well-run sail training ship. None of the other trainees would contest the orders of my assistant. Otherwise they would have to face me. I had become that scarry.

 

The leadership that I performed on the schooners was obviously a transferable skill. In 1986 , I was sent off by the Cambridge University Officer Training Corp to a Territorial Army officers selection course and I passed with flying colours. After all, getting 7 other officer candidates to traverse fictitious chasms ( marked out by red tape) , with planks and bits of rope, carrying oil drums was simple compared with stowing the square topsail on the upper yard with a watch of nervous trainees. With the forward planning and delegation skills that one learns as the Cook’s Arse, one can reach the rank of Royal Navy Commodore. There is one- he is called Paul Bennett and his first command was the galley of the Malcolm Miller in 1984.

In 2003, Chris Blake needed my services and he Shanghaied me to work as the Cook on the Reliplica Endeavour.

 

In return, in 2013, I pressganged Chris and Ken Groom to help with technical advice for the restoration of the Malcolm Miller. Here they are being interrogated by the new owner of the first ship that I sailed on. I am now able to delegate to Captains.

 

We, China Sail Training have lots of apprentices, including Chinese, to pass on our knowledge to. This is one of the reasons for this long blog, for them to read. Here are some that my very good friend, Jim Graves, of the Merseyside Adventure Saiing Trust, got on board for the 2015 Apprenticeship Cup. Of course, China STA is not just about Chinese. I am off to the Harwich mayflower project on Monday to help Essex boys and girls raise their own money to go off on an adventure of a lifetime.

 

 

There is a point to this story. And here is the conclusion. Nearly everyone has leadership potential. It is genetic. After all parents have to lead their children. However, there are not many opportunities for young adults to learn how to lead these days. Most young men can lead a virtual platoon of Rambos on a big TV screen via an X box. But I am not sure how much of a transferable skill this is for the real world. Sail training is still about. There are ships still doing the teamwork training. Some of them also provide leadership opportunities. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow and practicing leadership from a young age is so important.

Please contact me if you can help us with anything. Specifically, we need more trainees to go off to sea.

I never progressed onto a career at sea. I was never a ship’s Captain. However, I learnt the leadership skills required for command. That is why I can sit comfortably , at dinner , with Captains, including the man who gave me many leadership challenges in my youth. Here we are, below. The Captain in the middle is Angela Morris of the Training Ship Royalist.