Ocean College

September2021

The day with the two faces

Date: 30. September 2021
Authors: Clara N. and Laure
Position: North Sea
Geographical Position: 54°01.4‘N , 008°03.1‘E
Etmal: 55 NM (total distance: 109.6NM)

The day started with good news. Captain Ben said that we could go to shore. After we quickly tidied up our cabins, we could go. Connor, the bosuns mate, brought us with the speed boat to shore. We stormed the local supermarket, because some of us still needed some stuff. After the time we had on shore, Ben decided we could go on with the journey to the North Sea. It was our first time being on sea.

The doctor, Ffyon, asked before we went into the North Sea if some of us wanted to take some drugs against seasickness. The moment we got through the lock the height of the waves increased.

That was the moment when the day started to get worse and worse. In the beginning we were full of enthusiasm and everybody was really positive about the ship swinging back and forth. After two hours the first ones got seasick. The problem with taking drugs against seasickness while your’e seasick is that often you vomit them out before they start working. So even the doctor couldn’t help. But even with seasickness you have to be on watch, so the fore watch started as planned.

The whole time you need to have one helmsman and two lookouts: one on the port side and one on the starboard side. The night watches were very hard for some of the watchkeepers. In the evening most students were sitting outside trying to fight against the seasickness with fresh air, looking on the horizon, and of course helping each other. It’s unbelievable how the level of care increased. In these situations you just help your shipmates whether you know them well or not. And even if you’re not completely fine, as long as you’re able to help or at least to be there for people, you try.

To finish, here‘s a poem by Laure and how she feels about our first night at sea:

Everybody is so sick
and the waves are really big
But we trust our ship
that it’ll never flip
our ship takes it really well
at least until now nobody fell
it is really rough outside
we’re happy Simon’s our guide

Two, six – heave!

Datum: 29.09.2021
Autorinnen: Dana und Clara M.
Position: Brunsbüttel, Hafen
Nautische Position: 54°05´.268N 008°01`.255E
Etmal: 0NM (Etmal insgesamt: 54.6)

An Portside (Links) riesige Containerschiffe und Starboard (rechts) von uns Kühe und in der Ferne eine Fabrik. Das war unsere Kulisse für den heutigen Tag, an dem wir unseren Weg zu Segler:innen weitergegangen sind:
Einerseits die Dinge, die wir auf der ganzen Reise jeden Tag brauchen werden und dann ein Training für den Ernstfall, der hoffentlich nie eintreten wird.

Direkt nach dem Frühstück haben wir uns, noch relativ unelegant, in unsere Klettergurte gezwängt und haben versucht, die Yards zu erklimmen.

Die Yards sind die Querbalken am Mainmast.

Auf den Plattformen bei den Übergängen zu den Yards haben uns einige Crewmitglieder geholfen, uns korrekt zu sichern und unsere Schritte zu setzen. Von dort oben aus konnten wir die Nordsee auf der anderen Seite der Schleuse sehen.

Als wir alle wieder sicher auf dem Welldeck standen, haben wir uns natürlich einen Tee gemacht und mit unserer Bordärztin Ffyon einen Emergency-Kurs durchgeführt, an dessen Ende sich Kristina sehr überzeugend am Boden gerollt hat und wir sie versorgen mussten (Im wirklichen Ernstfall hätte sie wohl wahrscheinlich nicht überlebt ;)).

Nach einer kurzen Aufwärmpause mit Tee und Mittagessen kam die tägliche Ansage von Simon: „Everyone please go tidy up your cabins (especially cabin 6 and 11a), I will be checking them in ten minutes.“ – Letztendlich war cabin 11a die ordentlichste an dem Tag.

Genau während eines Regenschauers sind wir mit Ellie, Connor und Simon auf das Poopdeck gewandert, um das „Bracen“ der „Sails“ ein erstes Mal zu versuchen und halbwegs zu verstehen.
Nun schwirrt uns am Ende des Tages der Kopf von den vielen verschiedenen Komandos wie „haul away“, „make fast“ und „ease away“.

PS: Ich grüße Mami, ich vermisse dich jetzt schon total! ~ Clara

First day at sea

Date: 28. September 2021
Author: Lotte, Alina (WL)
Position: Brunsbüttel, Hafen
Geographical Position: 53°54.105N , 09°09.426E
Etmal: 54.6 NM (total distance: 54.6NM)

Today was a special day because we left the harbour for the first time. At nine o´clock we left our dock in Kiel and had perfect conditions to get out of the harbour and into the Kiel Channel.

Paula and I (Alina) got into the rib with Ellie in order to take off the mooring lines that kept the ship in place. Paula climbed up a pillar that was covered in birdsh*t and took off the mooring line. Afterwards, we gave the ship a gentle push so it moved away from the land.

Then we picked up the linesmen who had been left in the harbour and drove back to the Pelican. Because of a special tradition the youngest person on the ship gets to steer the vessel first. In our case it was Luise. After Luise, I (Lotte) volunteered to drive the Pelican into the channel.

Shortly before the locks, a guide came to help us navigate through the channel. He and the captain gave the orders and I executed them by steering the ship in the course they told me. It is quite fun to be at the helm but you have to react to orders quickly especially if you’re about to drive into a rather small channel for the first time with hardly any practice.

We then drove into a lock and into the channel that had trees and red brick houses on either sides. On starboard side there was a bike and hiking-trail and a lot of people waved and took pictures of the Pelican. There were a few container ships and also smaller sailing yachts.

Later in the day we practiced knot tying and also had a small competition to test the gained knowledge. The weather was still perfect and so we spent the entire afternoon outside reading and listening to music and accommodating to the new motion of the ship.

In the later evening we arrived in another port in Brunsbüttel where we will stay the night to get shelter from the bad weather on the north sea. We will stay here until it’s safe to drive into the open sea and do some sailing.

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