Ocean College

School again

Date: 06.01.2023
Author: Johannes B.
Nautical position: 11° 34.459′ N 073° 42.969′ W
Etmal: 5664NM
Ship: Regina Maris

Today we started school again with English and individual classes. English was pretty interesting, after a little talk about characterisations we had a short introduction in philosophy. Jacob found a nice book in a second hand bookstore in Curaçao. It was about Plato’s cave. (Look that up!) Than for individual class we all did our own stuff, like always. Me for example calculated trough my math exam. 

Gang Shit (Short report from Marlene, an eye whitness)

At 16:00 today Theo and I had to do heads and showers. In the boys shower we came across a very… interesting… surprise. There was literal shit swimming on the ground- wonderful! At first we thought someone had shit in the shower, then we saw that the OTHER boys shower also had shit in it (gang shit?). Anyways, Theo got the high pressure pump so we would flush it away but it was no use, because the shit water just kept bubbling up again and again (lovely)… Brian tried to pump the shit again from the engine room because there was a possibility that it simply hadn’t been pumped recently. Turns out, that wasn’t the problem. Then we thought someone had pumped the shit incorrectly, but because the grey water and shit pump worked independent to one another, there has to be some kind of leak (?). Eventually we decided to open up the bilge, where we were able to appreciate shit swimming back and forth in the grey water (not good!). At the moment it’s all going down in the boys bathroom because our sails are set on port side and all our (girls) fingers are crossed that we won’t be tacking any time soon. Anyways, with some experiments being done in the engine room, the problem managed to be solved eventually (though this did lead us to have to refer back to our beloved salt-water-buckets to flush he toilet for a couple hours). *Update* Apparently the girls toilet was constantly flushing, which caused the tank to overload and leak into the Bilge… But no need to stress, everything was taken care of by our skilled crew and trainees, making it yet another eventful day on the Reggie:) 

A short text from Ruben… 

All the while we had also a generator that overheated that happened because we where solving the water in bilge: We closed the water inlet. The Bilge could be pumped out faster, of course then we had to shut down the watermaker and we forgot the cooling of the Genny (Generator). In the end everything worked out though, Martin and Ruben and the other solved everything, also in meanwhile Jakob and Justus were busy making Anker winch smooth again. No worries, though eight things going on in the same time, it is a normal day on the Reggie and the crew is super capable.


Jacob and Flo Bro are back together in one cabin and their bromance is as strong as ever! We don’t get to see them anymore. Only together and always smiling.

It’s going down

As you may know, ships on the sea tend to roll from side to side. Yeah and then stuff falls down all the time. Goddamn we still haven’t learnt to secure our stuff heheheheheheheh

There’s always work

Another day, another round sail-handling. When I was about to pack the outer jib, I noticed a slit of 30 cm. I was told to glue the sail together. For that we needed a brush, wich was stored under the wheelhouse in a small storage area full with this and that. We were told, if we were already looking for the brush, we should just empty the whole area and store it again properly afterwards. So one lead to another. Ending up with now climbing back up in the bowsprit, fix the sail and then finally pack it. 

Schüler im Rigg

Quotes of the day: 

Thomas (Benjamin): “Willst du eigentlich Kinder?” Theodor: “Emm… Ich will Kindergeld”

(during individual math class)
Jacob (teacher): “Das sieht nicht richtig aus” Lina: “Das ist die Aufgabe…”

Sarah zu Jule: “ Omg das ist Kolumbien, da kriegst du eh alles.” 
Rosa: “ Und wirst zu 90% erschossen.” 


P.S.: Von Sarah: alles Gueti zum Geburtstag Mami! Schuwieder es Johr älter du Gumsle

P.S.: Von Jacob: Alles alles Liebe zu Deinem Geburtstag lieber Papa! Ich wünsche Dir auf dem Weg nach Kolumbien aus den Tifen des karibischen Meeres alle Gute und hoffe, ihr habt alle einen schönen Tag <3. Schaue morgen vielleicht mal nach einer Festtagszigarre aber sag es bitte niemandem hihi. 
Miss you all Familie Richter und co. 

P.S.: Von Lina: Happy Happy Birthday Opi ich wünsche Dir alles alles Liebe zum Geburtstag. An alle anderen zu Hause, happy new year!! 

Grüße von Kilian: Ich hab‘ euch alle lieb. 

Anonym: Watson, ich vermisse dich schon irgendwie.

Grüße von Jule an Buck 

We are nearly there!!!

Date: 06.01.2023
Author: Nathaniel (Nate) Johns
Position: Caribean Sea
Geograhical Position: 11°007’65 N 077°43,24 W Etmal: 6771NM
Ship: Pelican of London

Leaving good old Pelican 🙁

The tension is high on the Pelican since we’ve started packing our bags in Curacao for leaving the ship in Panama on the 9th of January. For me it was kind of hard starting it because I always had to think that we have already finished half of our journey. The journey that was so far away when I applied for Ocean College. I also asked others the same question and they answered:

Leni: „I waited two and a half years for it to happen and now it’s half finished already. While I was packing it made me a little bit sad because I’m gonna miss my friends and the good old Pelican here.“

Fynn: „Until we spent the night on the Tobago Keys, I always taught: „Oh, Costa Rica, it’s still so far away.“ But now I notice that it isn’t. In a few days we will leave the ship and have a great adventure in Costa Rica. But it’s still hard to understand that we have already finished half of this impressive journey.

Matti: „It’s really sad that the adventure comes to a small stop and we are on the halfway back home. It feels like we are packing our bags for leaving the ship forever!!! It’s great here and I don’t wanna leave.
Personally, I’m definitely gonna miss the time with my friends here, working in the galley, climbing the rigging, watching the stars, watching dolphins and definitely the problems with the good old Pelican. But on the other side I could enjoy sleeping in my own bed again, that doesn’t move and, hopefully, is big enough for me ;).“

Ocean College has been and is going to be such a great adventure and experience for me. When I return home, I won’t be the Nate that came on board as a 16 year old boy. I will be a 17 year old sailor, that fought against the stormy winds from Amsterdam through the Bay of Biscay to Costa Rica and back. Ocean College will have shown us all how important it is to always and I mean always work together as a team. Only as a team we can brace the yards, sail the ship, make enough food for everyone …


Thea: Luisa!! Alles, alles Gute zum Geburtstag. Viel Spaß noch in England. Matti, mein Watch-Leader wünscht Dir übrigens auch einen schönen Geburtstag. Ich vermisse Dich und freue mich auf den Sommer mit Dir.



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