Ocean College

First time sailing on the Pelican

Datum: 01.08.2022
Authors: Finn and Henri P.
Position: 54°19.803`N 42°09.32`W
Etmal: ?

Morning routine

The day started off as usual, with breakfast at seven in the morning. After the staff meeting at 8 a.m. we all gathered on the well-deck and the captain told us about the plans for the next few days. The next target would be the Isle of Man and it will the very first time we are going to set sail.

Preparation for setting sails

After that we climbed on the yards for the first time and prepared the sails for sailing. Now we just had to get further away from land in order to catch as much of the wind as possible. The Main watch was mainly responsible for setting sails.

On wide ocean

With now set sails and course to the Isle of Man, we spend most of the day either on watch or in bed and saw the weather changing from blue sky and a calm sea to a cloudy sky and high waves. After the weather changed the first students started to get seasick. For some of us it also was the first time they saw no land at all.

Kinder auf dem Schiff

 Dinner in the middle of the Irish sea

After another delicious dinner at 6 p.m. we tried to get a quick hour of sleep before starting our night watch from 8 p.m. to midnight. The weather had gotten even worse and everything was wet. As we came closer to the Isle of Man, we had to howl in the sails and prepare for anchoring.

At Midnight the Fore watch took over and a long and exhausting but beautifully exciting day ended.

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