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Schülerinnen und Schüler auf den Azoren

April, April!!

Datum: 01.04.2019
Autor: Sinan
Position: Horta, Açores
Nautische Position: 38° 31.8 N; 28° 37.3 W
Etmal: 11690 nm

Der heutige Tag begann damit, dass wir zu zehnt um 00:00 aufgestanden sind, um unseren ersten Aprilscherz zu machen, bei welchem das Opfer unser lieber Marcel war.

Da ich von 00:00-04:00 Uhr morgens Wache hatte und Marcel von 04:00-08:00, ist es eigentlich normal, dass ich komme, um ihn für seine Wache zu wecken. Also bin ich um 00:15 Uhr bei ihm ins Zimmer rein und habe ihn genervt geweckt, da ich ja wegen ihm länger auf Wache bleiben musste, weil er zu spät war.

Alle Uhren im Zimmer waren schon von Fabi und Robi auf 04:30 umgestellt worden.

„Marcel, ist das dein Ernst?”
„Wir müssen wegen dir alle länger auf Wache bleiben!”
„Beeil dich jetzt!”
„Wir haben dich schon drei mal geweckt!”
„Move!”
„Und zieh dich dick an, es regnet und wir haben 10 Grad.”

Danach haben wir alle in der Messe schwitzend in Ölzeug eingepackt auf ihn gewartet. Wir mussten nicht lang warten, bis ein gestresster Marcel bis oben zugeschnürt in der Messe ankam und uns einen Moment verwirrt anstarrte, bis der erste mit „April, April!“ anfing und die anderen folgten.

Leider war das Ganze nicht so spektakulär wie gedacht und er ist nicht ausgerastet, im Gegenteil, er hat nichts gesagt und ist zurück unter Deck gegangen, was trotzdem ganz unterhaltsam war.

Nach meiner letzten Nachtwache mit Anousch, Felix, Kira M., Elisa und Theresa von 00:00-04:00 Uhr habe ich mal wieder unbeabsichtigt das Frühstück verschlafen und bis zum Deep Clean um 11:00 im Bett gelegen.

Nach dem Deep Clean gab es wie immer um 12:00 Lunch, Curry mit Reis. Nach dem Mittagessen sind wir als große Gruppe rausgegangen, um uns die Stadt anzuschauen.

Als Erstes sind wir am Pier lang gelaufen, wo sich auf einer ein Kilometer langen Mauer Tall Ships und kleinere Segelboote mit Bildern, die meist 80 cm x 80 cm groß waren, verewigt hatten. Wir sind ganz bis ans Ende dieser Mauer gelaufen, an welcher wir das Gemälde der Regina Maris von der letzten Reise bestaunt haben.

Als nächstes sind wir dann vom Meer weg in das kleine Städtchen Horta hinein und zu einer auf einem Hügel liegenden Kirche gelaufen. Nachdem wir oben angekommen waren und ein paar von uns unter kurzen Flashbacks vom Teide gelitten hatten, konnten wir die Aussicht über die ganze Bucht bis zur Nachbarinsel genießen.

Nach einem kurzen Meeting mit Niki hatten wir dann bis zum Abendessen frei. Wir sind danach alle relativ schnell losgezogen, um die Stadt zu erkunden und natürlich auch nach Internet zu suchen.

Nachdem wir den Hügel runter gelaufen waren, fanden wir eine schöne kleine Bäckerei, in welcher jeder mit mindestens 2 Tellern Teilchen und Getränk für gerade mal 4 Euro raus auf die Terrasse der Bäckerei gegangen ist.

Auf der Terrasse haben wir dann bis 17:30 gesessen, um im Internet zu surfen. Auf dem Rückweg zum Schiff hat es fett geschüttet, weswegen wir schön durchnässt daheim ankamen. Das Abendessen haben Louiz und ich ausfallen lassen, da wir von der Bäckerei noch bis obenhin vollgestopft waren.

Nach dem Essen durften wir nochmal bis 22:00 Uhr raus in die Stadt. Christian, Robert, Louiz und ich sind in eine Bar gegangen, haben uns Sodas bestellt, mit unseren Eltern telefoniert und Serien heruntergeladen.

Marcel ist auf dem Schiff geblieben, da er zu müde war, um noch raus zu gehen. Woran das wohl gelegen hat🤔?

Auf jeden Fall sind wir vorbildlich pünktlich wieder zurück aufs Schiff und früh schlafen gegangen. Für den Tag waren eigentlich viel mehr Aprilscherze geplant worden, doch das Einzige was wirklich passiert ist war der Streich an Marcel.

Eine gute Nacht und bis bald in Boulogne.
Tschau! (Nein, das ist kein Schreibfehler, das ist portugiesisch)
Sinan

P.S.: 11 Tage 😘

PS Alles Gute zum Geburtstag an Elfriede! Elly

Socken auf dem Boden

Pancakes & election

Date: 31.03.19
Author: Lauryn
Position: North Atlantic
Nautical Position: 38° 24.8 N; 29° 54.4 W
Etmal: 11625 nm

My day started with a wake up call that there are pancakes for breakfast. So I hurried up to get ready and was earlier in the mess than on the other days.

After a delicious pancake with fruits, I realised that today is Sunday. I went back to bed and hoped for some more sleep, because the last nights weren’t easy for us to sleep because of the heeling, which was caused by the strong winds.

At 10:45 I got another wake up call for the weekly deep clean. Normally White Watch had to do the deck but because of the weather we should help the others with heads and showers.

I did the floor of the green mile and started to clean our room. A few minutes later Ronja came into our room and wanted to help me. We found a lot of socks as every time when we clean our room.

In my watch after lunch I was the first one on the helm. It was very hard to steer because of the wind, which was coming from the front. At 14:00 Anousch allowed us to go to the navigational class about the stability of tall ships. It was interesting to see why all the ships like Concordia capsized and sank. Then we just had one hour of watch left, which went by very fast.

Afterwards, we had a meeting for the election of the handover teams to decide which team will bring us into Boulogne. All of us prepared a presentation in each team and tried to convince the others to vote for them. Captain Sophie wrote a wonderful poem for us and we all presented it together.

This was our presentation:

Our trip started five and half months ago
and the weather was always good, because the wind did blow.
The time here on board has past so incredible fast.
So when we take a look back to the beginning,
no one thought that we would spend evenings together with singing.

Our time here on board was amazing ever since,
Also because we got to see so many dolphins.
During those months we’ve learned a lot,
also when it was outside incredible hot.

But now the time for the handover has come
and that’s pretty sad, because that means that our voyage is nearly done.

But still we have to more weeks to go
and for all we’ve learned Boulogne is a good place for us to show.
We have learned much more than just sailing,
for example to help each other out if someone is failing.

I mean if you take a close look at our group
you will realize that we are a mixed soup.
Remember that big discussion we’ve had
and now Kira and Robert are standing here without being mad.

You all know that we’re not one big group full of best friends
but that just remarks that we will give everybody our hands.

It tells you that we won’t do our own thing,
because we want that last part to be for everybody amazing.
We will have Theresa and Lauryn in the Galley preparing our food
and that’s very good for all of us because it will raise up our mood.

What the food is gonna be we didn’t yet discuss
but if you have a certain wish you can go ahead and tell us.

Even though we’re so different, in common we all have one thing
and that’s as you can see our little yellow ring.

Yellow stands for special as we all know,
we learned that in the buoyage system which was taught by Mo.
For our group, being a special does mean
that we all have developed extremely well as you have seen.

Felix came on board as a boy who was shy
but now he is a funny and pretty cool guy.
There’s another thing we want you to show
that’s how many women we have because we don’t go with the flow.

We think that all groups are on the same level when it comes to knowledge because no one of us has succeeded the sailing college.
In the end we hope that we gave you a good report
even though our preparation time was very short.

There’s one more thing which we like to add
and that’s no matter how the decision is going to end, we all love you, that has to be said.

The rest of my freetime

In the rest of my freetime, I spend my time with listening to music and had some good talks with my room mates.

For Dinner we had pulled pork, corn and Brezeln and for dessert the nice galley duty prepared cinnamon rolls. That was so good! Before I went to bed, I was sitting in the mess with Elisa, Nele, Theresa with a guitar and we sang a few songs.

This is so lovely every time. All these things I will miss, when we are back home, because this is also for me the last daily report of the journey.

Have a good sleep at home without heeling.
We`ll see you in 13 days.
Lauryn

Schüler an Deck

Last day at school…

Date: 30.03.19
Author: Fabian
Position: North Atlantic
Nautical Position: 38°04,1‘ N 031°55,7‘W
Etmal: 11488 nm

What comes to your mind when you remember a typical last day at school before vacations start? Maybe there is a church service, you get your certificate or you tidy up your class room. 

But this last day of school today was so special for me and actually it will be the most special I’ve ever had! Well, I was in afternoon school so school started at 14:00 for me.

At first we had a geography lesson where we finished our games that we have created. With Tati I continued with our one and only ‘Monop-OC’.

It’s based on the normal ‘Monopoly’ but for example instead of money we’re using different experiences from every place we visited. I think our result is really cool and also the games from the other groups are really creative.

I definitely want to play all these games until our arrival in Boulogne for example our own version of memory and activity. It’s really cool to have something like this and that we can say we created these games by ourselves. 

After setting some sails in a short break there was the last lesson for us on the Pelican. But what’s that? Our teachers were dressed up and didn’t behave as usual.

Christin was very strict and always told us when we did something wrong. Niki was really bad-tempered and Johannes came in with a big belly. In the end, acting like a very confused chemistry teacher, Miriam showed us a short video about squids.

But suddenly the video froze and we saw a recording of our teachers sitting in the saloon, looking and behaving like we got to know them. There, they had their teachers ‘meeting and talked about our grades. But it wasn’t like a normal conference.

They used a dice to find out the grades for each student. Unfortunately, Niki realised that the camera was already running. This is why they quickly changed the topic and talked about their favourite moments on this voyage.

Then the video was over. The whole afternoon school gave a big round of applause to all the teachers.

Elisa began to say some words in the name of all students. A few had tears in their eyes and after Niki lost his voice almost everyone started to cry. It was so emotional.

I cannot imagine how this will be in two weeks time when we all have to leave the Pelican in Boulogne. We had a lot of funny moments together during school – moments I’ll never forget.

Thank you Miriam, Christin, Johannes and Niki for being so creative and spontaneous. I think we all will miss the school on board when we’re back home.

Now I talked a lot about the emotional last day at school, but plenty of other things happened as well.

Until 13:00 we almost had no wind. Then, from one second to the other, we had about 30 knots. If you hear that, it sounds good but if I say that the wind came right from the front that’s different.

For a few moments we sailed into the completely wrong direction, away from the Azores. Because of this we are having a strong heeling again and many things are flying around. Now we are sailing a bit more north and not straight to the Azores to avoid the wind. At midnight, we’re going to tack to sail directly to the Azores.

I want to come to an end now because I’m a bit seasick but just before I go to bed I have to tell you another highlight of the day. The pear crumble for dessert was really delicious and the custard was very special because we never had it before.

Dear mum, dad, Nils and Hanna, 
greetings from the North Atlantic. I’m really looking forward to see you in two weeks in Boulogne.
Fabi

P.S.: von Poldi: Liebe Flora, Alles, Alles Liebe zum Geburtstag. Hab dich lieb und bis bald. LG Leo

P.P.S.: Liebe Moma, Lieber Opa, ich wollte euch mal mitteilen, wie sehr ich mich darüber freue, dass ihr mitkommt, um mich abzuholen! Ich glaube inzwischen weiß es fast das ganze Schiff 🙂 Ich kann es kaum erwarten euch in zwei Wochen am Pier in Boulogne stehen zu sehen. Ich hoffe ihr seid gut auf eine tränenreiche Ankunft vorbereitet. Ganz, ganz liebe Grüße, euer Lenchen 🙂