Date: 3rd of November 2022 Author: Philip C. Etmal: 1206 Position: Vigo Nautical Position: 42°14’360 N / 84°37’60W
Vigo is one of the biggest and most well-known stops of Ocean College. It is close to Santiago de Compostela. But barely anybody knows its history. So, here are some facts about Vigo. Vigo is a city located in Spain in the province of Pontevedra and has 295.364 citizens. The town was founded by the Romans. Between the 10th and 14th century the city was attacked by Moors und Normans and lost a lot of citizens to the plague. After acquiring the rights of a city in the year 1529, Vigo’s population recovered. In the same century, Francis Drake and a British and Dutch fleet attacked Vigo. Napoleon’s army occupied the city for some months during WWII. Vigo was a base for German submarines.
Arrival to Vigo
Today was our first day in Vigo after six lumpy days at sea. Because it is too dangerous to sail into the port at night, we anchored at 2am in front of Vigo. And at 9am we moored in its harbour. It was a little bit difficult to tie up the gangway and at low tide so it turns into the ship’s own steep climbing wall.
Because of the difficult last week we had a whole day on shore leave where almost everyone bought a ton of sweets and snacks, ate in restaurants and was happy to be back on land, while Spanish authorities checked the safety equipment and the paper stuff. In the evening we got our mobile phones for an hour.
Datum: 03.11.2022 Authors: Merit and Adam Position: Cherbourg, France Nautische Position: N49.38.30 W 01.037.27 Distance: 301 M
Today it was the birthday of Amélie, we sang for her a happy birthday and gave her best wishes.
In the morning we had a workshop where we got prepared for our pathway presentation. Larissa showed us how to use PowerPoint. We learned from Jacob how to present and give good feedback.
During the pathway workshop the French television surprised us and filmed us during our lessons. They also interviewed Amélie, Benjamin D. and Marietta about Ocean College and how they like it so far. They took pictures and filmed how we live on the Regina Maris.
Lex gave us tips about seasickness and that we should go outside when we feel bad. He also told us that it doesn’t last longer than three days and we hope he is right, because none of us wants to be sick longer than that. After lunch we had one hour shore leave. We could go in the city or buy some more stuff that we could need in the future.
We walked to a Museum in Cherbourg, it is called la cité de la mer. We went inside a submarine and it showed us how life under water looks like. There was also a Titanic part which was very interesting and informative. Last but not least there was a Aquarium in the museum but that wasn’t that spectacular as we thought. All in all it was a long but exciting day, that’s why we are all tired and will sleep deep tonight.
P.S.: Vanessa wünscht Oma alles Gute zum Geburtstag und liebe Grüße an den Rest der Familie!