Ocean College

1st Advent in the Sun

Date: 27. November 2022
Author: Lara
Position: Port of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Nautical Position: 28°08‘.797N/015°25‘.182W
Etmal: 2446NM

Nutella-Day

Today was a normal shore-leave day but with a special morning. Because of the 1st Advent Franziska S. and Annbritt woke us up with Christmas songs e.g., “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht”. My motivation to stand up was the fact that today was Sunday, which means Nutella-Day. Only on Sundays you can eat Nutella for breakfast. That’s why there are always more people for breakfast on a Sunday. After the ship`s company meeting on the well-deck,­ we all went back to our cabins to get our stuff for a beach-shore-leave day. Around 09:30 am we all were finished and ready for the beach. We were lucky that we only have to walk 15min to the beach. 

Beach Day

When we arrived, the teachers said we should use the time for the “self-reflection” and the feedback-talks, which are in our blue study-books, before we went swimming. In the “self-reflection” we answer a few questions to different topics, like: Family, friendship, our emotional life or health and fitness. These feedback-talks are split into three feedbacks during the voyage.

Feedbackbogen Ocean College

The first one in Tenerife, the second one after the first Atlantic crossing and the last one after the second Atlantic crossing. After we filled out our study-books, we went for a swim. The water had the perfect temperature and we saw many fish, which swam around us. When I laid down on my towel in the sand, I thought about my family who sit at home in warm clothes and a cup of tea in the hand, while I lie here in the sun. 

Later on, everyone bought their last things for the Atlantic crossing, because we are going to be for three weeks on the Atlantic Ocean. Many of us have a huge stack of snacks, sweets, and drinks in our cabins. When you are at sea, a simple piece of chocolate can be your daily motivation to keep on going during watch or school. 

Our Barber on Board

After we arrived at the Pelican again, we all took a shower to wash the sand on our bodies away. Since the voyage started, we have a self-declared Barber on board, Constantin. It started a few weeks ago with shaving Nicolais and Hannes bold heads and a gave Paul a few undefinable haircuts. Now he cuts our hair seriously (not like before when the haircuts where for fun). Lennox, Paul, Theodor and Leander got a new haircut from Constantin.

Luckily, we had our phones the whole day so we could call our family and friends at home if we wanted to. The fact that I called them maybe two or three times before was funny, because we so often thought we would go on the Atlantic now but always something crossed our way. But now it is really happening. Our adventure starts! Three weeks Atlantic crossing! (Hopefully…)

Greetings:

Lara: I greet my parents my sister, my brother and my grandparents! I love you all and I wish you a great Christmas time with a lot of gingerbread, biscuits and a lot of good food.

Annbritt: Greetings to my parents, my sister and my grandmother.

Thea: I greet my friends at home who are sitting in the cold school.

Going south

Date: 27.11.2022
Autorin: Sophie 
Position: Afrikanische Küste
Nautische Position: N 26* 29.016 W 16* 53.893
Etmal: 1987,3

Advent Advent, one lightlein burns

Today I woke up on the first Advent and it was very unusual to be in the middle of the ocean with 25 degrees. Still we were all excited that the Christmas season finally started, even though we’ll probably celebrate it under palms as Christmas trees. After breakfast we listened to classic Christmas hits and were all greatful that we are lucky and don’t have to be in the cold dark Germany right now. 

Great Atmosphere 

In general we are having an amazing time all together. You can clearly see how the mood has risen since we will sail south und the days are getting longer. Some of us were just lying in the bowsprit and enjoying the weather, while others were reading in their hammock. On the watch we danced to some old songs and the lookout has never been this fun.

Even greater news are that none of us are seasick anymore, thanks to our wonderful new doctor Canan who was by our side and listened to our worries. We are all very inspired by her and her stories, since she has already travelled to a variety of countries and therefore has seen many places and cultures in the world.

One evening, two highlights 

Today is Sunday, so the day got even better because we all know by now that Martin is cooking. He served us delicious Roulades, potatoes and red cabbage, which already felt like Christmas Eve. While we were enjoying our meal, I couldn’t even trust my eyes when I saw a huge one meter fish getting pulled out of the Ocean and tangling in front of the window. Everybody ran outside and watched Martin with big wide eyes while he knocked the fish out with a huge metal rack. Some people ran around with the head of the fish which wasn’t as delicious as our meal tomorrow, when we’ll be served a freshly caught fish right from the Atlantic Ocean.

Summed up, it was a 10/10 day.

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