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A normal day on Pelican

Author: Lara
Date: 03.03.2023
Position: Still the harbour of Bermuda…
Nautical Position: 32°22.0’714N/ 064° 40.0’ 869W
Etmal: 10271NM
Ship: Pelican of London

Today the day started with an early morning shore-leave from 06:00-08:00 Except for Sophie, Elizabeth, the galley-team and me. Sophie, Elizabeth and I had harbour watch from 06:00-08:00 and the galley-team had to prepare the breakfast.

After the shore leave it was a normal day on Pelican. As you already should know from the past daily reports the A’s had school and the B’s maintenance (Bosun’s work).

Today our subjects were physics and geography. After lunch we swap, so that the B’s had school and the A’s maintenance. At 17:20 there was dinner and after the galley was clean we had shore leave until 20:30.

For the next Ocean College Groups

In this daily report I want to take the opportunity to give you and the next Ocean College groups pieces of advice and tips.


Our next stop are the Azores, so we have to sail over the North Atlantic. That means rough weather, strong winds, cold rain, swell, and so on. The best thing against seasickness are pills. Kwells. Maybe you already know Kwells as ”Gonzos-Pinke-Wunderpillen” They are stowed in a box in the wheelhouse and everyone can take some. Also, ginger is a good thing. Although ginger biscuits don’t have the best taste, they really work. As bonbons, tea, biscuits or dried. Everything helps.

I remember one moment on my 16:00-20:00 watch with our last First Mate Ali. She always had two bags of ginger biscuits and asked everyone: “Do you want a biscuit?” That was always a nice gesture.

Next point is: Make sure you sleep a lot and don’t think too much about the seasickness. If you think everything is fine, everything will be fine!!!

Also, an important thing is that you drink enough water. Stay hydrated. Because of the vomiting, you lose a lot of water, so drink a lot!


Another big problem was the heat in the cabins in the Caribbean. A positive thing is that on mostly every bunk there is a mini-ventilator. Most of them are working. But a smart thing is, that you buy your own ventilator. The money is worth it.

Drink a lot! A big motivation for me was the cool and fresh water out of the fridge. Take your water bottle, fill it up with water and put it in the fridge. Normally, the water out of the tab is cold. Normally!

On Pelican you can choose between hot water or nearly hot water out of the tab. So put the water into the fridge and you have cold water.

Because you can’t shower every day you have to try new things. In German I would say “Katzenwäsche” but this is an English daily report so I try to translate it as best as I can. Take a washcloth with cold water and wash every part of your body which is sweating.

It works really well so I can recommend it.

I also heard from someone, who just put some deodorant under the arms like normal, but also on every part, who is sweating. The person said it worked out pretty well and also a positive thing: You smell good!


The last point I want to write about is the organisation. You live with five people in a cabin for six months. So the organisation is priority number one. I had shoe organisers and I would totally recommend them.

Make sure you take only the important things with you. If you think about really using the products or not, leave them at home. Just take things with you about which you are 100% sure you need them.

Communication is a good thing. Ask the people about products you can use together. Like schoolbooks or other stuff, so you don’t have a big bag with school- or other stuff.

I hope my tips and pieces of advice help you with packing or that you know now more about the life on board.


I greet my parents and my siblings. I really love and miss you. But I look forward to April (and Janek and Joanna, especially May!!!). Of course, I greet Oppa, Omma, Dino and Dide too! I love you all.

Sophie: Grüße an meine Family. Hab euch ganz dolle lieb <3 Und vielen Dank an Elizabeths Eltern für die Konzertkarten!

Elizabeth: Liebe Grüße an Mama und Papa,hab‘ euch ganz doll lieb. Ein weiterer Punkt für die Liste Rittersport mit Keks.

Kaya: Liebe Grüße an meinen Lieblingsbruder.

Thea: Ich grüße Boden, unsere Rückwerts-Krabblerin:) hab‘ dich lieb und wenn ich wieder da bin müssen wir zu einer Tupperfeier gehen..

Lennox: Viel Erfolg bei den Prüfungen, Luna! Hab‘ euch lieb Mama, Papa, Luna und den Rest 🙂

Leander: Moin Leude! Ich grüße Euch aus dem immer noch grünen und zumeist warmen Bermuda wie immer stay high stay hungry. Achso ich habe eine Bitte an Euch. Bitte bringt mir Spezi mit, wenn wir ankommen, BITTE. HAB EUCH LIEB.

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