A lot more experienced people will tell you the items and facts, but here are some of my thoughts.
1. You've got a lot more experience that some people have when they set off.
2. Wet weather gear, your own harness/ life jacket and tether(s) with knife, light and maybe personal epirb.
3. Think about taking a GPS (lithium batteries) for your own record of the trip as well of course a journal. ( dont be a drain on the yachts batterries)
4. Be ready for being spoken to in a different way to what you are used to. At times, there are no time for pleasantries and if the skipper needs you to get out of bed and upion the wheel, for example, dont take offence (leave that ego stuff at home)
4. Go for it and enjoy and be a sponge for info, but remember - small space and dont be in their face! No politics are allowable - the skipper is right!!
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