Ocean College

Oktober2018

Another day, another place to be.

Date: 31.10.18

Author: Robert


Currently on route to Marocco, it already seems like we’ve put a couple of holidays into one. However, it is not always fun and games aboard the T.S Pelican of London, as we have experienced many challenges throughout this early stage of our journey already.

From a smoking dryer, to an entangled fishers net in our propellor to 5 meter high waves and a relentlessly shaking ship (which especially burdens me), all of us, including the seasoned crew, have been forced outside of our comfort zones.

But let me start from the beginning of our Journey, as this account of our daily journal is not solely dedicated to today, the 31st of October, but to our entire journey so far.

So let me briefly outline it, which will be hard in doing, because we’ve already experienced so much.

So, starting from mid October.

As we assembled in the port of Dublin to set our voyage of, non of us could’ve ever imagined what a long week lay ahead of us, and that is not said in a negative manner, but in a positive one.

Our first big challenge was the sea of Biscay, which is notorious for being the roughest water in the entirety of Europe. Nevertheless, we managed to overcome it quit easily, as nature acted pretty oddly, like so many other times throughout this early stage, and restrained the waves to a maximum height of 3 meters.

Despite this, many of us, including myself, struggled to keep our meals in.

After just a day of sailing, the fishers net I touched on in the exposition of this text, came into play.

It entangled itself in our rotors in the early morning of the 17th of October, on route to Vigo, and it forced us to lay anchor off of the harbour of Rosslare, Ireland. No fault can be attributed to anyone, but the fisher who layed the net too far off the coast and didn’t care to indicate it on any map.

But, there are to sides to every coin, and as we awaited help from divers to remove the net out of our propellor, Niki, our head of school and Ben, our Captain, spontaneously came up with the idea to visit the nearby Town of Wexford, which all of us enjoyed.

After a couple of days back on route to Vigo, every soul aboard the Pelican had an extreme desire towards land again.

And that desire was exceeded with Vigo, a beautiful fishing town a the coast of Galicia, Spain.

Our stay lasted 3 days, in which we visit Santiago de Compostela, the town of Vigo itsself and gave guided tours of our ship to locals.

The highlight of our stay however, was our excursion to the nature reserve island of Cies, where we were privileged enough to visit its calm nature and beautiful white beaches on our own.

The sun lasted through our entire stay in Galicia, very unusual for this time of year, another instance where Mother Nature played a trick on us.

Now, coming back to present tense, Tenerife is our next big stop, but before we make our way to thisbeautiful canarian island, we are to visit Morocco, which the entire crew is delighted about.

Having left the smoking dryer and the 5 meter high waves behind us, we already see the mainland of morocco, being only 12 hours away from our destination.

An already very eventful 2 weeks, but I’ve left out so much for the sake of keeping this journal entry short.

However, there’s just one additional thing I am obliged to mention.

Hendrick, our soon to be 1st in command, caught a squid in the middle of the ocean. But that is not it, as our biology teacher Miriam was quick to think and decided to dissect it for class, just awesome if you ask me. This is really what Ocean College is all about, learning by doing.

The dearest of greetings go out to my family, I wish I could experience all of this with you.

Ich hab euch lieb und vermisse euch.

Sincerely,

Robert J.

Gute Laune trotz Nutella Engpass

Autor: Sophie und Nele (Stellvertretend für Louiz)

Datum: 30.10.2018

Etmal: NM (total): total: 1091 NM


„Zieh dich schnell an und lös die Wache fürs Frühstück ab!“ – mit dieser Nachricht wurden wir, Nele aus ihrem Holzkasten und Sophie aus ihrem Babybett, gerissen. Oben angekommen, überraschten uns unsere triefend nassen Mitschüler_innen mit der nicht ganz so erfreulichen Nachricht, dass mittlerweile zwei unserer Segel gerissen waren. Nachdem wir Elisa und Tabea geholfen hatten, ihre Gummistiefel auszuleeren, erreichte uns schon die nächste schlechte Nachricht: Unser Brot-, Nutella- und Früchtevorrat war aufgebraucht (wohlbemerkt, wir hatten noch nicht gefrühstückt!).

Dementsprechend gut gelaunt standen wir am Lookout, während uns der Regen ins Gesicht klatschte. Nach 20 Minuten Hin- und Hergerutsche an Deck stolperten wir hungrig und klatschnass die Treppe hinunter und hatten den ersten Lichtblick unseres Tages: Marlen hatte uns zwei Nutellabrote reserviert! Schwankend ging es für uns weiter zum Umziehen – für heute war das die Sporteinheit. Die Härte der wenigen Gegenstände in unseren Zimmern können wir spätestens seit heute mit all unseren Körperteilen bestimmen.

Weiter auf dem Tagesplan stand für uns der Biologieunterricht, welcher, wie von Johan versprochen, anders als zuhause ablief: Bereits nach 20 Minuten lief Miriam, unsere Lehrerin, nach unten, um sich zu übergeben. Sie ist seekrank, genauso wie Louiz, weshalb wir seinen Tagesbericht für heute übernehmen.

Tapfer torkelte sie direkt danach die Treppe wieder hinauf, um den Unterricht fortzusetzen. Aber das blieb nicht die einzige Unterbrechung: Nils wurde losgeschickt, um eine Wasserprobe zu holen, doch zurück kam er mit einem von Hendrik gefangenen Tintenfisch, welcher bereits tot war. Bei dem Versuch, diesen zu sezieren, wurden wir von einem “all hands on deck“-Ruf unterbrochen.

Nachdem wir uns in unser bereits nasses Ölzeug hineingezwängt hatten, erhielten wir draußen die nächste schlechte Nachricht: Mittlerweile sind vier unserer Segel gerissen. Mit einer wankenden Kette von zehn Leuten verstauten wir das zuletzt gerissene Segel. Nach dem Mittagessen ging dann der lang erprobte Feueralarm an. Doch glücklicherweise sorgte dafür nur der qualmende, mittlerweile tote Trockner.

Am Nachmittag war dann nicht nur der Tag ins Wasser gefallen, sondern auch Sophie. Ganze drei Mal in Folge wurde sie OHNE Ölzeug von einer überschwappenden Welle überrascht. Immerhin hatte sie somit eine Dusche umsonst und ganz viel lachendes Publikum.

Am Ende des Tages konnten wir dann aber doch alle Marlens poetischen Gute-Nacht-Worten zustimmen: Wir fühlen uns alle ziemlich glücklich hier. Wir haben ein Bett, manche haben noch einen vollen Magen und Menschen, die wir mögen, um uns herum.

PS: Grüße an die Haarmänner, Pfitzners und an Elisas Familie, uns geht es super 🙂

A day with Sinan

Date: 29.10.2018

Author: Sinan

Position: Southwest of Cabo de sāo vicence

Geographical Position: 36° 20 N, 10° 12 W

Etmal: NM (total): 1209


This morning I was woken up like three times, but because of seasickness I wasn`t able to get up. After breakfast half of the group had their first school lessons while I had watch from eight till twelve o`clock which is by the way the best watch (red watch B). After four exhausting hours of watch together with a few friends we were enjoying our lunch on the weatherdeck. While we were playing Werwolf, blue watch had to clean every shower and toilet. Half an hour before my first lesson began, we had the meeting we were all waiting for.

Ben announced where we are heading after a few days not knowing which harbour we are steering at or when we will arrive.

………

MOROCCO:)

A few students were already guessing that we are going towards Africa but they weren’t sure. At 14:00 I had my first school lessons where we introduced ourselves in front of the class and got our timetables for the next weeks. During class nobody could concentrate because most of the students were seasick.

At the moment we are sitting in the mess writing our diarys and I am writing the daily report (in English).


PS. Greetings from Helena to her family and happy birthday to my mom *Küsschen*