I work alternating 12 hour days/nights - 2 or 3 on, 2or 3 off - on a 28 day cycle. It suits me down to the ground, especially for vacation periods when taking say 7 shifts off can give me 3 weeks away from work. I've been offered a normal 8hr/5day routine but no thanks...
I've had to opt out of the European working time directive to allow for the average 42+hr/week, which I don't have a problem with. The freedoms that come with having the time off more than compensate it for me. Anyway I'm very used to variable sleep patterns, because when I sail it is in tune with the tides and passages, not marina/restaurant closing times
I'm sure there are health consequences to longterm shift working, but I'm of the attitude that a contented mental state is far more beneficial. I've seen a lot of angst among people who obsess about their diet and dietary supplements - and I'm willing to bet their lifetimes will be no longer than "happy" people like me
Although I am beginning to suspect that my mental capabilities are slowing down, but is that due to biorhythm or senility? For example, the correct ways of quoting bash variables don't stick from one login to the next (I'm seriously thinking of a keybind to run the tutorial!)
^Cap'n great video
Some more recollections...
The Lundy story was late 1980s...if memory serves me right.This was a story for GMTV, whereby, a group of poor souls would go to Lundy for a time to give up smoking...
As is the case in TV News, everything was last minute and we ended up hiring a FLAT bottom canal boat for the voyage...with a tonne of satellite equipment.
Not too bad going... but coming back I thought I was going to die
Interestingly, when we abandoned ship in inflatables, we came ashore at Clovelly...a childhood holiday destination.
->A good pub on the Island with good food.
->Beautiful scenery with lovely places to stay...although we ended up in a hostel...not too shabby.
->I still have Lundy postage stamps...somewhere.
I would like to go back one day...by helicopter
33 yrs of shift-working here too, will be 54 yrs old this year.
A right old mix of earlies, lates & nights. Duration and frequency varies year by year as 'senior (mis)managers' change their minds!!
Still, I prefer shifts & weekend working - as others have said ... better for shopping, longer time-off if you catch the right run of shifts etc.
I like night shifts - more camaraderie and a great feeling as you head home early morning as others drag themselves in to work!
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@damo: . Great video Cap'n! What kind of sailboat is that? She looks to be about 36'. Are you a kayaker, too? I've crewed on a few sailboats during regattas, but spend most of my time on the water in Narransett and Buzzards Bays and along the ocean coasts of RI and MA in sea kayaks (P&H and Valley). It's been years since I worked shifts but it wasn't bad for the reasons already stated above. That said, there's nothing like retirement!
@damo: Your sloop looks seaworthy and set up nicely for cruising.
If you ever transat, you'll find the New England coast full of interesting places to explore, with a potpourri of rocky shorelines to sandy beaches, and plenty of islands. Once you go south of Cape Cod, the water is much warmer (in summer) and pleasant for swimming.
Last year I finished a dayshift at 1900, locked out of the marina at 1930, and was in Ireland 48 hours later!
A month later I got back in at 0300 after a 250 mile passage (a bit too tight for comfort) - and started the nightshift at 1900.
Switching regularly between day/night working makes it easy to adjust and sail with the tides and weather at any time of day or night.
I love shiftwork