Ocean College

März2020

Things I will miss when I’m back home

Author: Ruben
Date: 31th March 2020
Position: 47°40.5 N/ 10°57.9 W
Geographical Position: Bay of Biscay
Etmal: 45 nm

New destinations

The thing I’ll miss most is always going somewhere new. Never seeing a place twice, always having an adventure ahead. When I think about my life at home I rarely see something new, mostly I go through my life with the same boring themes and places – from home to school from school to sport from there back home – on our journey the next destination was always somewhere new, somewhere I had never been before with a new culture to explore.

Route – Zeichnung von Jacqueline

Watch

Even though watch can be terribly annoying and boring, most of the time it’s loads of fun to faff around with the others or talk for hours on end, and normally the four hours fly by like nothing.

Living with 30 teens

Living with fourty other people in such a constrained space like the Pelican can lead to loads of conflicts, and sometimes it really does; but also to the greatest of friendships and best of moments. If it’s sitting around playing Schafkopf in the mess or hauling ropes at 03:00 in the morning, you’re always happy for company.

Climbing Aloft

I will really miss going up the mast either in the best of weather to relax a little, just chilling on a platform listening to some music, watching the sun slowly get closer to the horizon or being up aloft looking down on the Peli – seeming so small all of a sudden- and thinking about the world. But I’ll also miss going up in the worst conditions to stow one of the squares, with the wind whisteling and the yards shaking. In whatever way, I will definetely miss climbing.

Galley Duty

I love Galley Duty, some people think it’s quite tyring and hot – I don’t. I love making food for everybody from Spaghetti Bolognese to CousCous and if at the end there is extra galley desert, even better. But it’s not just the cooking, it’s the atmosphere – with Abby, our lovely cook and some awesome music playing (German Rap at best) even annoying deeds like washing up for 43 people becomes fun.


These are the things Im guessing I’ll miss most about the Pelican, although I’ll probably miss about every single thing and person from this ship when I’m back home. But hey, what can you do about it?

It was a lovely time but everything has to end at some point even if you don’t want it to and the end of this voyage is sadly coming ever closer. This is my last daily report so I just wanted to say thanks to all you readers out there following us, getting on the OC page every day, checking if a new blog is there- even though annoying- I’ll bet you’ll miss that too.

Ein Krieg auf hoher See

Autorin: Noé
Datum: 30. März 2020
Geographical Position: Bay of Biscay
Nautical Position: 48*09.2 N/ 11*55.6 W
Etmal: 46 nm

Krieg auf hoher See - wenn die Wellen zuschlagen

Ein Sturm. Ein Krieg auf hoher See.

Die Wellen machen sich bereit, wie Soldatentruppen sich ausrüsten. Dann bilden sie eine Einheit und los.

Wellen schlagen auf Wellen, Soldaten bekämpfen einander. Die eine Truppe fällt, es wird kurz ruhig. Die letzte Gischt löst sich auf, doch siehe da, die nächste Welle macht sich bereit für den Angriff.

Soldaten, soweit man sehen kann. Ein Schiff mitten im Sturm, wie ein Panzer inmitten des Schlachtfeldes. Von allen Seiten stürzen sich die Wellen auf das Schiff.

Sie probieren die fleißigen Seemänner und -frauen vom Schiff zu zerren, um das Schiff zu stürzen. Man sieht Wellen über Wellen auf das Schiff einbrechen. 

Plötzlich hört man etwas reißen. Der Wind hat zugenommen, das Inner Jib konnte den 40 Knoten Windspeed nicht standhalten. Auch das Spanker, Forgaff und Course Segel gaben ihre Gegenabwehr auf.

Doch auch hiernach endet der Sturm nicht. Plötzlich ziehen dunkle Wolken auf und lassen Bomben auf unseren Panzer hinunter. Das Deck wird glitschig und man hat Schwierigkeiten, sich festzuhalten. Das Schiff hat eine Schräglage von fast 35 Grad erreicht.

Alle werden an Deck gerufen, um die Square Sails einzuholen. Ein paar mutige, flinke Kinder trauen sich, hinaufzuklettern. 

Doch endlich, nicht lange später, verziehen sich die Wolken, die Wellen beruhigen sich und das Deck trocknet von der uns nun entgegenlächelnden Sonne.

Alle entspannen sich.

Das Low ist abgezogen und die Segler können nun ruhig nach Hause segeln. Der richtige Kurs wurde wieder aufgenommen und leichte Windbrisen schieben uns Richtung Deutschland. Alle freuen sich auf Zuhause, aber die gemeinsamen Abenteuer bleiben einem für immer in Erinnerung.

PS: Liebe Mama, lieber Papa, Jacob, Bella, ich vermisse euch und freue mich euch bald wiederzusehen. Das war mein letzter Tagesbericht. Love, eure Noé.

Bay of Biscuits greets us home

Date: 29 March 2020
Author: Max
Geographical position: Bay of Biscay (Bay of Biscuits)
Position: 46°20.6´N / 11°21.9´W
Etmal: 70nm

The Bay of Biscay shows herself from her best side…again.

When I went to bed yesterday, everything was okay and heeling and the ship’s movement weren’t too bad. When I got woken up ten minutes (!!!) before my watch today. I almost fell out of bed.

30 degrees of heeling, 40 knots of wind and a swell greater than 4 meters: The bay of Biscay greeted us home. Even though I wore five layers of clothing and tried to stay out of the wind, I almost instantly froze.

Captain Chris allowed us on our break on watch to go to the mess and drink tea, that’s the only thing that kept us alive. 

To prevent accidents like a ripped Foregaff or Inner Jib, some precautions were taken: Most of the sails we still have left were taken down and only the Staysail and the Spanker are currently bringing us towards Europe, supported by our “Iron Topsail” (the engines).

But you have to be careful when saying that we’re making good way, because we’re steering Northeast, but due to the swell and the wind from the wrong direction we are going more Northwest than -east and all of that with 0.9 knots of speed.

Those numbers are getting even more depressing when you can see a ship on the radar, which will reach our destination in about one or two days and we on the other hand we will most likely need two more weeks.

The galley has declared itself a “dangerous area” where you should keep out of and the people working in it, I’m talking especially about Mara, have taken special precautions: They wear their safety harnesses and clip it on. The well deck is off limits, it’s only accessible for sail handling and other important work on deck.

Some of our garbage flew overboard, so the bosun’s department had to rejust the lashings that keep it in place. Luckily for them, at the moment the garbage corner is one of the areas on board, where you are the most likely to get a free salt water shower.

Yay! Basically, that’s our situation onboard and with 8 hours of watchkeeping you are not doing anything except sleeping, eating and freezing to death on watch. We’re back in the Biscay and that’s what she’s showing us.

Overall, it is not that horrible as it may sound like, but it is indeed a bit exhausting.

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