Ocean College

Here comes the weather

Date: 04.03.2021
Author: Aurore
Position: Somewhere on the Atlantic between Bermuda and the Azores
Nautical Position: 33° 26,9 N 52° 02,9W
Etmal: 112 NM (11254 NM in total)

Sleeping beauty (in your dreams maybe):
 
“Good Morning. Breakfast is ready. Are you awake?”
“Yeah, I wasn´t sleeping, thank you.”
This is approximately how the day for  most of us started.
 
Leaving Bermuda, the crew had made us aware that the weather was going to be a little more challenging than what we had had until now.
In the beginning it was okay: bumpy but okay and then…
TAN. TAN. TAN.
… we met the cold front.

Even though it sounds wintery and might presumably be cool, well… our expectations kind of crashed as we met the lousy weather.
“We are expecting worse on our way back to Germany”, explained the crew.
“Couldn’t it be optional”, our weary faces seemed to be wondering.
Even if at first, we were excited to see some more waves, the excitement quickly dropped when it came to sleep.

Because you don’t really realise after a whole day walking around with a greater angle than the Pisa Tower, that the waves are not going to stop as you step into your bed. So… most of us didn’t sleep more than a few hours. Because even if you are really tired, it is almost impossible to sleep in a salad spinner. The crew even cancelled our seamanship lesson and allowed us to rest instead.
 
Wobbling School:
School is even more challenging now, as we have to concentrate while being squeezed every now and then between our neighbours. But we achieved to write a physics test, proof that we can really handle everything. Our teachers also have “weather forecast sessions” in the saloon where they discuss when they can plan the tests in accordance to the weather, proof that we really have cool teachers.
 
Inhabitants of the Pelican Habits´ Tips:
Due to the sea state all of our habits collected during the last months came back stronger than ever.
For example:
    • You tidy your cabin carefully in order to avoid things falling everywhere. By the way, Simon (our first officer) decided to mark our cabins on the Richter Scale, because he thought it was more passing than a boring 1 to 10.

    • You don’t hold yourself when you are having a shower as you used to. You lean on the wall and are, for the first time grateful to have such a small shower, allowing you not to fall in it simply because you don’t have space to fall.
 
    • Whatever you do, whenever you go: You feel the wave first and then go. It is way easier to open a door when the wave is pulling it with you and not against you. This also counts when you try to put on your socks, and you learn it pretty quickly (it also spares you a lot of bruises), because if you don’t, you go sliding across your cabin…

   • You are going to the meals hoping you are not going to take a muesli shower, a milk bath or a bolognaise brushing. Because even though we have blue sticking foils on the tables that will probably stop (or reduce the risk of) your plate falling, it does ABSOLUTELY NOT assure that what is in your plate will stay in it.
 
Fortunately, no one is really seasick anymore, some of us are still feeling a little nauseous but in the whole, there has been a massive improvement since October when we could have won an International Puking Award…
Although we are often complaining about the weather, the ocean still is a nice roller coaster to be on (even if you have no influence over its duration or intensity). We also know that every day we are coming closer to our next destination: the Azores, and also to Germany where we are looking forward to seeing our loved ones again.
 
P.S. : Gros bisous à la famille et aux amis, je pense fort à vous et me réjouis de vous retrouver dans un mois déjà !
 

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