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Thoughts on provisioning 

If  you won't eat it at home, you won't eat it at sea.  That is the best provisioning advice I ever received. The old days of powdered milk and eggs are gone, thank goodness. When I buy items for an ocean passage, I try to buy things that are individually packaged. Not everyone will eat at the same time and not everyone will want to eat the same thing. Because of watch schedules, someone is usually sleeping at mealtime. Prepackaged items that are easy to prepare are best.  Also, buy more snack items than you would for home; things that are quick energy foods. Your system is not on its regular schedule and your eating will be a little off schedule, too. Besides, I always thought that standing a night watch deserved a chocolate reward.  Be sure to ask your crew about their favorite snack items and if there are any foods they avoid. In planning meals for the outbound leg, you can prepare casseroles at home and put them on board frozen.  Most of you have ovens, and they are wonderful! Additionally, most of the newer boats have microwave ovens that can be used at sea. That opens up a whole spectrum of foods that can be prepared in the microwave.  Take a look around your grocery store for soups and prepackaged luncheon size stews that are microwavable. I suggest that you try out new products at home before you buy large quantities.  Some quick dishes are certainly better than others. 

Be sure to carry enough paper goods and cleaning supplies for the round trip as those items are very expensive in Bermuda. Actually, everything is very expensive in Bermuda. You should put on stores for both ways before you go. Getting to a large food store is not convenient from St.George's Dinghy Club. Be generous with drinks. If the weather is seasonably warm, the crew can go through several cans per day. It is important to drink plenty of water, too. 

You will want to plan three  meals and several snacks for each day. You will probably be getting less sleep than normal and you may eat more snacks than normal.  Keep in mind that one pot meals work best in case conditions are not perfect. Remember, there are lots of great restaurants in Bermuda and you will be dining in elegance in just a few days. But for the passage, plan meals that are easy on the cook and easy on the digestive system. I always carry ginger snaps and ginger ale because they both help my system the first day out. Don't expect your crew to eat much during the first 24 hours. It takes a while to get your sea legs. If a crew member becomes seasick, it is important to push fluids, but food is not necessary. Make sure the crew member takes medication and tries to stay above deck. 

I find it works best to make a menu for each day and then stow items with other items that will be used for a particular day. If you are going to rotate cooking responsibilities, be sure to have written guidelines for the cook(s). 

A list of items to have on board for a passage.


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