Ocean College

Reiseblog 21/22

Back in good conditions

Date: 15.10.2021
Authors: Clara M., Dana
Position: Close to Vigo
Geographical Position: 42°41.4N , 009°39.2E
Etmal: 126 NM (total distance: 1312NM)

Before I came here I always wondered how much the weather at sea can change in less than 24 hours…
Well, this time it went from four meter high waves, a wind speed of more than 20 knots and a wind direction that made the ship lean that much to the side that you could hardly stand for longer than a minute, to almost no wind, a warm sun and water as flat as a mirror.

Even though there was hardly any wind, we still set some sails for training purposes and climbed the mast. This time some lucky ones were allowed to climb up to the Royal!

„Standing up there and only seeing the ocean and our wonderful Pelican was amazing, the coolest part was when an entire school of dolphins showed up!“

Dana

Since yesterday we have also been able to get our training books signed off for the basic knowledge about sailing and our day-to-day-life by the professional crew. The tasks are about things we’ve learned so far, such as helming, lookout and knots.

As soon as we have completed all three levels, we have taken a big step on the way of becoming sea farers.

We also used the good weather in the afternoon to finally do the first tests with the high professional CTD probe that has been sponsored to us by Daowan and Watertools.

The CTD probe measures and collects different data, but has only been used on still standing vessels so far, so we are the first people ever to be crazy enough to do it from a moving ship, which is why we came up with a plan: We attached the sounder to a buoy and the ridiculously long rope´ and let it into the water.

We received plenty of measurements on temperature, conductivity, pressure, salinity, density and sound velocity.
This data will be put on a website and can be used by universities and individuals, mostly scientists. We are going to take many more measurements throughout the journey and hope to do a lot of research with the data, which will hopefully help marine scientists and make an interesting science pathway topic for us at sea!

Note from Ocean College: A CTD probe is a standard instrument used by oceanographers to measure Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (derived from hydrostatic pressure), leading to the possibility to calculate additional environmental data like salinity, density and sound velocity. Thus this instrument delivers the fundamental water body properties over a depth profile in high resolution and accuracy needed in marine sciences to rate the conditions inside the water column. Knowledge obtained from CTD devices can provide a more detailed understanding of the ocean water’s characteristic through the entire water column, which is crucial for understanding the physics involved. The physics in turn allow biologists to understand why the biology is present or not present at different depths and why the chemical makeup of the water changes over depth. The CTD is the key to understanding the physics, chemistry, and biology of the water column.

Tilted Pelican Day

Date: 14. October 2021
Authors: Bennett, Ann
Position: Biscay
Geographical Position: 44°26.1‘N, 009°31.8‘W
Etmal: 92NM (total: 1186NM)

A rough start

Today I was woken up at 00.00 for my watch. The boat was totally tilted to the side, so I kept on hitting my head on the wall from sliding to the bottom of the top of the bunk. After changing into very warm clothes (our Musto oil skins are perfect for that: they keep us dry and warm!) I went up for my watch. My job for the first half hour was on the helm. During the first 5 min I felt slightly sea sick. I told my watch leader and she quickly found a substitute that could take over the helm for me. Directly after that I sprinted to the side of the deck and puked. After that I had one more lookout and for the rest of the four hours I just slept on the buoys – sea sickness does sometimes make you tired as well.

Later that day I got to sleep till 11:00. I then had lunch and went to my next watch.

Going aloft and learning Spanish

During my lookout half of my watch was allowed to climb up the mast. I had a very fun time watching them climb up while I had my lookout. The ship was still quite tilted, so they all had to go up on the portside because it was safer.
In the late afternoon we had an optional spanish lesson to practice the basics for our arrival in Vigo. We learned some new vocabulary and basic sentences like how to to order food. Kristina told us we should pay attention, because she might give us some tasks during our shore leaves in Vigo that require some Spanish vocabulary.

Later, the weather luckily started to get better and the boat began to sway less. This was great because this meant I could I eat more without having to worry about seasickness.
As for usual, after dinner I went to bed early, and a typical, even though slightly underaverage sail day ended for me.

Aside from that, it was a normal day on the pelican which wasn’t very spectacular:)

Ein schräger Tag

Datum: 13.10.2021
Autorinnen: Ariadni und Lotte
Position: Biskaya
Nautische Position: 45°43.4‘N ; 008°23.0‘W
Etmal: 185 NM (Insgesamt: 1094 NM)

In der Nacht hat fast keiner durchgeschlafen, denn wir hatten 25 Grad Schieflage. Während einige Angst hatten, aus den Betten zu fallen, wurden andere abwechselnd gegen die vier Wände von den eher kleinen Betten gedrückt. Um ehrlich zu sein, war es bei den meisten beides gleichzeitig. Das wirklich Schwierige ist dann aber das Aufstehen, Gehen, Essen und Stehen, aber auch hier haben wir Tipps und Tricks.

Wie man am besten seinen Alltag auf einer 25 Grad schiefen Pelican lebt…

Die goldene Regel ist einfach: nicht hinfallen!
Man fragt sich nur, wie denn das funktionieren soll. Mit unseren Harnesses klippen wir uns an Jegliches dran. Hier die kreativsten Möglichkeiten:
1. An die überall gespannten safety lines
2. An irgendwelchen Haken am Segelschiff
3. An die Person neben sich (lieber zu zweit über Bord fliegen)

Ein anderer wichtiger Punkt ist das Bewegen mit der Welle und Schräglage, weil Du in einem Großteil der Fälle nicht entscheidest, wohin du gehst, sondern die nächste Welle. Das kann nützlich sein, aber halt auch sehr nervig. Das haben wir ungefähr drei Sekunden nach dem Aufstehen gemerkt, als wir über den Boden von unserem Zimmer gegen die Tür und an die Sachen oder Personen, die auch schon dort gelandet waren, gerutscht sind. Dieser Sturm hat uns mehr oder weniger freiwillig, enger zusammengebracht.

Aber außer Tag und Nacht mit der Schräglage zu kämpfen, haben wir heute auch wieder die Segel gesetzt. Die Fore- Watch durfte auf die Yards klettern und das Course und Topsail spannen.
Die Wellen mögen zwar sehr groß sein, aber mit dem Wetter haben wir besonders Glück: Die Sonne scheint und wir dürfen wunderschöne Sonnenauf- und Untergänge beobachten.

Aber kommen wir mal zum Offensichtlichen: Welche Tiere haben wir denn entdeckt?

Seit ein paar Tagen haben wir drei Spatzen (Anm. d. Red.: Es waren ein Rotkehlchen, ein Grünfink und ein Goldfink) die uns auf Schritt und Tritt verfolgen. Unsere treuen Begleiter bereiten jedem Freude. Besonders dem Bosunary Team, die das Rotkelchen hinter ihrer Werkbank zurück aufs Welldeck scheuchen mussten, weil Luise probiert hatte, es zu füttern. Außerdem haben Einige die Spritzer von einem Wal gesehen. Der Wal selber wurde leider nicht entdeckt, aber der 1,5 Meter hohe Wasserstrahl war nicht zu übersehen.

Am Abend haben wir noch Maxims Geburtstag mit leckeren Brownies gefeiert. Brownies und Blechkuchen generell sind bei großer Schräglage eher eine Seltenheit, weil dann der ganze Teig im Ofen auf eine Seite rinnt und sogar der Kuchen schräg ist. Aber zum Geburtstag gehört Kuchen einfach dazu.

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