Ocean College

August2022

Scotland here we come

Date: 03.08.2022
Authors: Vincent, Max
Position: 54°47´0N 004°20´7W
Etmal: ?

Anchor Watch

Today I (Vincent) got up at half past three for anchor watch. At first it was dark, cold, and windy, but after a while the sun rose, and the weather conditions improved. I updated the logbook every fifteen minutes and checked the anchor every half an hour. Also, I caught a fish in the morning, but it wasn’t very big, so I let him back to the water.

Setting Sail to Scotland

Me (Max) got woken up at half past five, then I went to Vincent and the others, and we had a watch until eight. We lifted the anchor and drove with the motor out to the bay. After a while we couldn’t see the Isle of Man anymore and released the sails and sailed to Scotland, our third country of the journey. We also saw like thirteen dolphins and a few blue sharks. At twelve we arrived at the coast of Scotland and dropped the anchor. We all were very hungry, and our lovely chef Abby made us a good potato soup.

A visit to Garlieston Bay

After lunch we drove with our dinghy to a small village in Scotland called Garlieston Bay. In the village there were not many things to see, just a coffee shop and a flower shop. The people we met were very nice and asked us a lot of things about the ship and where we are from.

Uno and a Haircut for a good cause

When we arrived back on the Ship, we cut thirty centimeters of hair from our German friend Petra to donate it to charity to make wigs for people with cancer. Later that day, we played games like Uno with our German and English friends and then slept a lot, because we were tired from the watches.

Now we are on our way to Wales. It was a lovely day and now we are looking forward to the rest of the trip.

Kinder in Garlieston Bay

The Isle of Man

Date: 02.08.2022
Authors: Elena, Petra
Position: 54°19°.789`N 004°20°.916´W
Etmal: ?

Grüne Und Braune Bergklippen In Der Nähe Des Ozeans (cc)

First Attempt to visit the Isle of Man

This morning I (Elena) woke up and I had watch from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. After the watch we woke up everyone else for breakfast. Then Axel and Simon told us the plan for today. We planned to go ashore to the Isle of Man. The first group went on the dinghy and set off to shore but came back because the tide was too low so they couldn´t go on land. While waiting for the tide to get higher, we listened to the first presentation of the trip: The Isle of Man, by Max and Karl. This was actually the best timing for the presentation we could have gotten, so in the end we were almost happy about the delay.

Our Captain shows the map of the Isle of Man

On the shore

We waited for about an hour until the first boat tried to go ashore again and this time they were successful, so the other groups could go ashore as well. The groups on land were at the beginning mostly just smaller groups of the watches but after some time the groups mixed. My group (Elena) went to the beach and a few of the boys went swimming, while the rest of us just ate our sandwiches and threw stones into the ocean. After a while the boys in the water got cold, so we decided to go to a lake nearby and just walked around and took a couple of photos of the view.

Exploring the town

Later we walked back into town and got something to eat, I shared some french-fries with Freya. After that we walked a bit more around the town and started a charity event for Jesper, so he could have a third pair of socks. While waiting for the dinghy to bring us back to the ship we ate some chips.

Back on board

When everybody arrived back at the ship, we had some time to kill until dinner. For dinner we had mashed potatoes with chicken legs and peas. For the vegetarians there was pumpkin and zucchini. After dinner we did a bracing competition. Mizzen watch got first place with 7.41 minutes. Second place was Main watch and third place Fore watch. After the race everybody did something else for example reading, going to bed, talking, or just eating cake. In general, it was an incredibly beautiful day with lots of action.

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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