Ocean College

Sailing, climbing, Shanties and a beautiful Sunset

Authors: David and Carolina
Current Nautical position: Somewhere in the North Sea
Date: September 8th

Our day began 2 am with a harbor watch in Esbjergs port. In this watch it is our responsibility to check the mooring lines, windspeed and its direction, air pressure, fenders, gangway and the ship for fire and waterleakage every thirty minutes.
4 am our watch ended and we returned to our bunks. We where woken up later at seven thirty and broke the fast. After breakfast we all gathered on the welldeck as the bosuns tought us how to climb the rigging and into the yards. After we were tought we of course practised it and climbed up in groups to the course yard, topsail and the t’gallant. When all students were on their yard we began singing the sea shanty „John kanaka“ which was tought to us by Lucas.

student in the rigg

At noon we were granted shore leave into Esbjerg port where they where maintaining a summer event, which included playing games like table football or table tennis on the Street. We walked through the town and basically just enjoyed walking around. We left 5 pm and a new crewmember joined the ship. As we were sailing out of the harbor we saw seals sitting on sandbanks and swimming in the water. We sailed away from shore and were, well… still are heading for sweden. After dinner which was very, very, very delicious we went back out to the well deck and were amazed by the sight.

sunset on the north sea

The Sunset was absolutely stunning. The sky was clear and the ocean was reflecting the turquise sky like a mirror. In addition to the turquise water the setting sun added red, orange and megenta to this magnificent colour spectrum. We then got ready for our watch and relieved the others from their duty. The sun had nearly set in the mean time and we were each taking shifts at the helm, lookout, the log book, weather observations. The night went on and we drank some tee and ate some snacks. There were small lights in the ocean water behind our ship and the foam capped waves next to the ship were glowing, caused by bioluminiscence. The darker it got the brighter the stars got. Due to the darkness the stars were so bright we could see what is nearly impossible to see at home. The milky way even seemed to be a fog made of stars. Our watch ended at midnight and we returned to our bunks and slept.

stars

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