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Wolken auf dem Ozean

Controlling the weather

Date: 04.04.2019
Author: Marcel
Position: North Atlantic
Nautical Position: 39° 43.9 N 29°21.4 W
Etmal:  11805nm

This daily report is from the weather control station where I have been working now for almost 6 months.

Today, when I woke up for breakfast I noticed that something was wrong. I heard a lot of noise going on outside but first I wanted to finish my breakfast.

Ten minutes to eight I was ready for work and went to the office. At work, my colleagues and I are responsible for the weather systems of the North Atlantic.

My first task today was the log book so at half past eight I collected all the general information about the systems and wrote them down. All in all, I saw that we increased the wind power by lowering the pressure to 996hPa.

At that moment the system was heading eastwards to Europe. For me it is also important to keep an eye on other weather systems such that they don’t collide with each other and cause a complete chaos.

Also the coordinator had to keep the course of the systems perfectly such that they don’t hit one another. Anyhow, we were allowed to listen to some music and all in all it was a very nice time at work.

But then a call from the ship control station came in. They told us that a sailing vessel called „Pelican of London“ is in danger to hit one of the more dangerous systems. So the vessel already decided to keep clear of this system because of seven metre waves and strong winds.

They asked us to at least keep the current course and to not create even stronger winds so that the ship has a chance to arrive on time on the 13th of April in Boulogne.

So basically we try to send it with 10 knots to the east and let it loose some of the energy by increasing the pressure to 1006hPa.

We will probably go then south to create a little gap north of the Azores between the systems to give that sailing vessel the opportunity to go finally east, back to Europe and their homes.  

As you may noticed it is not easy to handle weather systems over the North Atlantic but hopefully the system we are responsible for won’t hit small sailing vessels because that wouldn’t be very pleasant for them.

Schülerin Sophie als Kapitänin

Captain Sophie legt ab

Date: 03.04.2019
Autorin: Tati (Ricarda)
Position: Horta, Açores und dann auf See
Nautical Position: 38° 53.0 N 29°02.1 W
Etmal:  11734 nm

Dieser heutige und mein letzter Tagesbericht wird ein Interview. Mit dem lieben Nils und Poldi.

T: “So, wie fanden Sie diesen Tag?”

N: “Ich habe viel zu viel geschlafen, warte. Ich meine natürlich: ich tanke Energie für meine Nachtwache. Nicht, dass meine Eltern denken, ich verschlafe den ganzen Tag.”

N: “Tati, du solltest zur Bundeswehr gehen.”

P: “Ne, solltest du nicht.”

T: “Danke.”

P: “Nein, so meinte ich das nicht, ich finde einfach nicht, das du dafür gemacht bist. Ok, jetzt ernsthaft, ich fand diesen Tag unproduktiv.”

T: “Wie meinst du das?”
(Räuspern seitens Leopolds)

P: “Es war einfach nichts los.”

T: “Aber die ganzen Sachen, die wir machen mussten, während des Ablegens aus Horta waren doch einigermaßen aufregend, oder etwa nicht, Herr Posch?”

P: “Das Ablegemanöver an sich war relativ unspektakulär, aber wir sind alle schon etwas sentimental geworden, weil es ja unser letzter Landaufenthalt war.”

N: “Ja, auch ich fand, dass es sehr traurig war das Land zu verlassen, und zu wissen dass, wenn wir das nächste mal Land betreten, die Reise vorbei ist und es so nie wieder kommen wird.”

T: “Das Gefühl hatte ich auch. Aber für mich waren es gemischte Gefühle, denn einerseits freue ich mich auf zuhause, meine Familie und alles was dazu gehört, aber andererseits bin ich echt traurig darüber, dass die Reise zu Ende geht.”

Unterbrechung des Interviews da die Abwägung zwischen Sing-Wettbewerb und Gruppenselfie die Pflicht des Tagesbericht schreiben überwiegt.

Es ist schon spät und wie Poldi schon meinte, war der Tag nicht so ereignisreich. Also alles in allem sind wir wieder auf See. Nachdem wir besondererweise Nutella zum Frühstück hatten, wurden wir alle zu einem Meeting um viertel nach acht gerufen.

Nach dem kurzen Zusammentreffen hatten wir alle damit zu tun, die Kabinen seesicher zu machen. Und dann legten wir schon ab.

Captain Sophie, die das erste Handover der letzten Etappe leitet, hat das Rausfahren und die erste Strecke auf See sehr gut gemeistert.

Nachdem ich in meinem Zimmer meine To-Do-Liste beendet hatte, bin ich zum lecker zubereiteten Essen von Koch Theresa und ihrer galley duty gegangen. Vier Stunden Wache und einen Regenschauer später befand ich mich wieder in meinem Zimmer, um meine Wäsche einzusammeln und zu waschen.

Nach dem Abendessen, das nur wenig später folgte bekamen wir eine süße Überraschung, denn die heiße Liebe (Eis mit warmer Beerensoße), die großzügig ausgeteilt wurde, gab dem Tag ein schönes, rundes Ende. 
Gute Nacht und bis bald.

Gemälde auf den Azoren

A beautiful last day ashore

Date: 02.04.2019
Author: Kira M.
Position: Horta, Açores
Nautical Position: 38° 31.8 N; 28° 37.3 W
Etmal: 11690 nm

So, this is going to be my last daily report. I am kind of sad, even though I never really loved writing these reports. It’s just another sign that our time on the Pelican of London is going to end soon, just like the fact that this was our last day ashore before Bologne-sur-Mer.

So, enough talking about stuff that makes me sad, even though our families and friends at home are probably quite happy about it, ’cause that means we are home soon.

Today was a beautiful day that started for me without breakfast, due to my lack of sleep during the night, but that’s okay. After the mess was cleaned and our daily meeting was held we prepared for a hike to the crater of the volcano.

In the end it was more like a bus trip than a hike and I think a lot of us were really glad, because we already visited a lot of volcanos and hiked every now and then.

Even though I can only speak for myself I am sure most of us didn’t choose a sea-voyage ’cause we like hiking so much. Anyway – our trip to the volcano was not only special because of the nonexistent view, due to low hanging clouds, but also because Niki gave us our letters, that we wrote to ourselves in Vigo about five months ago.

For some of us it was really an emotional moment, I just found it was incredibly funny, because my letter was pretty childish. 

From the moment we were back in Horta we had free time and it seemed like everyone went to the Peter’s Café Sport shop to buy some really cool sweatshirts and pullovers.

After that most of us went to Peter’s Café Sport itself, the famous sailor café, to eat some cake, taste the whale soup or just to buy a huge amount of post stamps (they probably made the deal of their life in regards to that).

Other than that some of us went to buy some paint (Lizzy and Ronja and later Ronja again, with Marlen and me), some of us bought some sweets and snacks for the last leg or just enjoyed their free time.

While we spent our time in the town, Lizzy spent her time painting a beautiful picture on one of the quay walls, opposite to the Ocean College mural from last year (I think you can see it on Instagram, they both look awesome).

At 5 o’clock we all met in front of the mural to see Lizzy doing the last brush strokes, to spray some white colour under Lizzy’s supervision to get the Polaroid-frame and in the end to sign the picture.

All of it took a bit longer than expected, so we arrived a bit late at the pizzeria, but early enough to escape the dark clouds that were building up on the horizon.

The pizza was really great, especially in comparison to the ship-wrap-pizza (and there we are, another last time: the last time that we all ate together before the arrival in Boulogne and with that also the last evening where we still had solid ground under our feet) and we all enjoyed it, except for those who were sadly unable to eat pizza, but they had other great food.

Back at the ship most of us used the chance to talk another time to our people back home.
And with that ended a beautiful day in Horta.

Love and greetings to our families and friends from the whole Pelican-crew,

Kira M.