Re: Tips on Watch Standing
Okay, no experience sailing trans ocean, but from Navy times and blog reading
On daytime watch changes I'd add a deck walk down / rigging / chaffing check unless you consider that a skippers only responsibility. Tethered of course. That also makes them more familiar with tethered work on deck.
If in shipping lanes, no distractions, no books etc. Constant scan (that's what watch means).
At night, tethered no matter where you are. Especially if alone.
If more than one on watch, one is tethered at all times.
Clean the cockpit at relief, no debris (some people need to be told that). On coming watch determines when it's clean enough.
The first act of the watch is to update the log,
The last act of the watch is to update the log.
Lessons learned are opportunities earned.