Ocean College

Bermuda – Our New Home?

Author: Leni
Date: 05.03.2023
Position: St. George’s Harbour
Nautical Position: 23° 24.8 N 064° 29.9 W
Etmal: 10271 NM
Ship: Pelican of London

After Two Weeks in Bermuda

We have been here in Bermuda for nearly two weeks and the town of St. George’s got really familiar to us. By now we know all the nice places to hang out, where we can get internet and what the wifi passwords of all restaurants around the place are. We start to meet the same people twice, the frozen yogurt shop got our second home and our credit cards start to bleed whenever we enter the supermarket, because we have all spent too much money in the last days.

All in all, Bermuda is unquestionably one of the nicest stops on our journey. The countryside is beautiful with its wonderful beaches, fantastic reefs and the stunning turquoise colour of the water. But what makes this place really special and kind of magic are the people who live here. Here in Bermuda and especially in this tiny village St. George’s there is a heart-warming common sense of interest in other people and their history and happiness to meet and also help others.

People we meet

We talked to many people, who were mostly really friendly and open to us. Therefor we learned a lot about the island and the life on it. We met a woman who told us how hard it is to cope with the high prices in Bermuda. Another man told us something about Bermudian culture and lifestyle. Yesterday we met an archaeology professor in the bus to Hamilton. He was really interested in our exciting story of sailing half around the world. Afterwards he asked us, whether we want to meet and have an exchange with his group of young archeology students. One of the great things of travelling with a tall ship and not with huge groups of other tourists in the main season of tourism is, that you see many hidden faces of the destinations you visit and that the people have time and nerves for you. Additionally, you have some stories to tell and the exchange with others will never get boring.


Although we like Bermuda, we were happy about the message that we will leave today. We were happy until there was rumbling in the engine room. A rumbling followed by a brain destroying, terrible silence. A quietness louder than the reliable sound of the generators and the slight vibration of our messroom tables. The generator, we named it trouble, was out and our departure was sad history.

We all were frustrated, some more, others less. It feels hard because we are all looking forward to the Azores and to Dartmouth and as well to our homes and these never-ending delays on our way back home are tiring. Those, who are homesick had to fight against tears because home just isn’t coming closer. The mood on Pelican is getting worse. There is a little green beast sitting in all our minds and eating at our nerves, making conflicts more likely.

Our old beloved Peli

But as always, we will manage it as a team and make the best out of the situation. At this point I want to pay respect to Patrik, our engineer and to the rest of the professional crew. They are working day after day very hard to make our departure possible. Pelican is a tall ship and tall ships are known for needing lots of work. But Pelican is our home, she has a soul, a wonderful history and is beloved by many trainees and professional sailors. She is worthy of being taken care of. Hence we put work and energy into maintenance to hopefully give her a long live. We will stay positive, that we get everything fixed. While we waited today, our teachers came up with a great entertaining programe.

A productive morning and emotional reunions with long time missed items

In the morning we were allowed to work at our exercises from home or just chill and do what we want. It was Sunday and some students wished to go to the church in St. Georges, so before midday the church going group left the ship. After lunch we had a meeting with the voyage crew containing a little lost and found box fashion show. The box was overfilled with masses of our crap flying around the ship.

Tamsin announced the new rule, that we have to answer a question to the topics out of our blue book to get our lost items back. Everything that wasn’t claimed at the end of the day went to the bosun’s department ending up as a rag. Some people where really happy to get their stuff back. For example, it’s not funny and connected with a few problems containing heads bumping against doors to live two weeks without a headlamp on a ship with broken generators!

Workshops and some questionable Power Point Presentations

In the afternoon we collected some ideas for workshops offered by everyone who had some ideas for a cool group activity. Afterwards we could decide whether we want to go to the sports ground or to Tobacco Bay. At the Bay Hanna taught us some professional swimming techniques. There will maybe be some other workshops tomorrow. In the evening the archaeology professor and his students visited our ship and tomorrow we will have a look at their excavation.

A big highlight of the day was the Power Point karaoke after dinner. It was Manuel’s workshop in which the participants each got a funny topic and had to present it in front of all crewmembers. We were given some information about the Cold War in the old cabin 6 where Theo and Hannes fought against the Dodo Army. Other presentations talked about the trend of second haircuts, the Dog Kennels or the best ways to die on Peli. The last two very creative Power Points gave us an overview over „Nasalverkehr“ and the art of comparing human heads with Pelican heads (toilets).

It was a pleasure and great fun to listen to those impressively silly presentations. In fact, this evening of laughing lifted our mood and was exactly what we needed to go on in good spirit, enjoying our stay and all the fantastic experiences in Bermuda, even if it is longer than expected.

Leni: Liebe Grüße an meine Familie, Amaia und die Philos. Ich vermisse euch und freue mich euch, bald wieder zu sehen.

Sleeping in and dealings in Cuba

Date: 5th March 2023 
Author: Marlene
Position: Marina Heming Way, Cuba
Nautical Position: N23°05′ W82°30,1′
Etmal: 7274 Sea miles
Schip: Regina Maris

Today, we had breakfast from 09:00 to 10:00. 09:00 to 10:00!! For the first time on this entire journey, not including New Years, we were allowed to sleep in. This was especially nice for the morning- grinch-night owls, like myself. At our morning meeting we were told that we could use this day to go visit Havana again, spend some time at the marina or have some alone time back on the Reggie. Yet, before Jules, Sarah and I headed on an exciting journey to Havana, we all got the chance to buy Cuban cigars and rum with Flo- all on a legal basis of course.

A little culture spree through Havana

Soon after, we were packed, ready and jogging to the entrance of the marina. We neither had a taxi booked, nor knew were to find one. Luckily, a guy pulled up beside us in his dark- green Oldtimer, wanting to take us… initially he wanted 40 dollars for a ride to Havana- 40 dollars!! I don’t think so! To make Jacob proud of us, we negotiated the price down to 20. Our driver turned up the music as we watched the skyline of Havana grow larger and larger and making what feels like a jump back in time, when entering the unique city.

When we arrived, the three of us headed to a gigantic art market/ festival, where we walked down a huge passage full of individual artists, showing us their work and telling us all about their life stories.

The diverse styles in art, photography and jewellery truly gave us an insight on this lively culture. After buying some art pieces, we slowly headed through the city and grabbed something to eat in a cafe with a live Cuban music. We enjoyed the rest of the time wandering through the street, trying to take in as much of the culture as we possibly could. Eventually we bargained with another Oldtimer driver to get us back to the marina. Leaving the city felt weird. I know we all felt that we could have spent significantly more time in Havana and haven’t explored close to everything. Who knows if our life ever leads us back to this place? At the end of the day, Ocean College gives you a sweet little insight on a lot of incredible places, and yet, it always leaves you wanting more! 

Ghetto blaster at sunset- oldschool style

After arriving back to the marina we all gathered for a quick Happy Hour and then, with our huge Gettoblaster, headed to the peer to watch the sunset. Some of us wrote diary, told each other stories about what we’d been up to today or just sat and looked into the distance. It was a possibility for everyone to calm down and enjoy this insane moment in our lives. It’s rather easy for you to get used to this crazy lifestyle and sometimes you might forget how absolutely freaking insane what we’re doing here, on the other side of the Atlantic, actually is. Moments like these give you the possibility to reflect and put all this craziness into perspective. 

Retrieving „old“ traditions 

Later in the evening, we had our first shanty night since David left, organised by our one and only Jake the snake! I think we all forgot how much fun that could be! Singing with such a huge group, trying to puzzle together the shanty’s to the best of our abilities. With Jake‘s determination to rehearse shanties and play along on the guitar and all the officers agreeing to practice with us during their watches, I think we all see great potential in our shanty- singing- futures:)


Marlene: Liebe Grüße nach Zuhause! Kuba gefällt mir super. Ich hab‘ euch alle lieb und hoffe es geht euch super:) 

Anita: Hab‘ euch lieb! 

Anna: Moin moin an Zuhause, hab‘ euch ganz doll lieb und vermisse euch. Aber ist ganz viby hier, also passt!

Vanessa: Hallöchen, ich hab‘ euch ganz doll lieb und vermisse euch. Kuba ist echt cool 😉
Marietta: Vermisse dich Orli, hoffe, es geht Dir gut<3

Brian: Grüße an alle Zuhause und ich hoffe, ihr hattet einen schönen Abend! Hab‘ euch lieb, Grüße an alle!



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