Ocean College

Reiseblog 21/22

Watches

Datum: 25rd November 2021
Author: Max
Position: Atlantik
Nautical Position: 15°58.8´N 045°39.3´W
Etmal: 153 NM (total voyage: 4647NM)

Today I got woken up by a fire alarm. That was quite annoying because I wanted to get as much sleep as I could. Anyways – this is not what I want to talk about this time. I want to talk about the „WATCH“ system on board the Pelican.

We have Watch for four hours a day, the B- Group at night and the A- group during the day. Every week we move back one Watch, that means if you had Watch from 08:00 – 12:00, afterwards you have from 04:00 – 08:00. You then have this new time-slot for another week, until we switch again. But not only do the times change, also the duty- officers change (Chris, Simon or David) and every three weeks the watchleaders swap.
Our tasks during the watch:

Helm:
When you are helming (steering) you are told a course by the officer which you have to stick to until you are relieved or the course is changed. You usually stay on the helm for 30 minutes. Steering under sails is much harder than steering under engine, because you´re way slower and the ship is thrown around more by the wind and waves.

Lookout:
We need two people on each side (starboard and port) looking out for ships, buoys or any other phenomenas. Usually you stay there for 30 minutes, but if there aren´t enough people on watch, there is a possibility that you are stuck in your position for a long time, because the helm is more important than the lookouts.

Cleaning:
In every night Watch you have to clean something, like the green mile or the mess room. Then there is another type of cleaning it‘s called „Point of contact cleaning“. You have to clean everything we touch during the day and disinfect it. This is one of our hygiene rules against corona.

Met Obs/ Log book:
You only have to do met ops once per Watch. If you have met obs you have to observe things about the weather, which we pass on to the goverment offices and they use it for weather forecasts, for example.
In the log book you write down simple stuff like your position, speed, swell and any other weather conditions. That‘s not for the goverment, it‘s for the ship.

I hope I could give you some kind of idea of our watch system, have a wonderful day and spread love, Bussi :*

P.S. von Clara M: Mami, ich hab dich mega lieb und vermisse dich sehr!
P.P.S von Max: Ich grüße alle, die ich kenne!

Ein Tag Engineering

Datum: 24.11.2021
Autor: Lorenz
Position: Atlantik
Nautische Position: 17°05.9‘N, 043°17.0‘W
Etmal: 152NM (insgesamt: 4494 NM)

Einmal die Woche haben wir Seamanship. Dort lernen wir alles rund ums Segeln und um die Pelican. Heute hatten wir die Ehre von unserem Engineer Patrick und unserem Engineer Cadett Brandon übers Engineering auf der Pelican unterrichtet zu werden.

students reparing stuff

Zuerst saßen wir draussen an dem schönsten Ort der Welt, an dem man überhaupt Unterricht haben kann, nämlich an den Picknicktischen auf dem Well Deck mit Blick auf den tiefblauen, unendlich weiten, schönen Atlantischen Ozean. Anschliessend kamen Patrik und Brandon, um uns etwas über den Maschinenraum der Pelican of London zu erzählen.

Lorenz at the lookout

Sie lehrten uns zum Beispiel über den sogenannten 4 stroke cycle (auf Deutsch 4 Takt Motor), der unseren im Gegensatz zu einem Kreuzfahrtschiff kleinen aber feinen Schiffspropeller antreibt. Aber wir sind ja schliesslich auch ein Segelschiff und kein Diesel spuckendes Kreuzfahrtschiff. Zudem haben sie uns noch über den sogenannten black water tank (Schwarzwasser Tank) und grey water tank (Grauwasser Tank) erzählt. In den black water tank kommt alles aus den Toiletten , also die ……. naja, das ist schon selbstverständlich und in den grey water tank kommt alles aus den Duschen und aus den Waschbecken, also das dreckige Wasser. Nachdem wir Vieles über sämtliche Maschinen gelernt hatten, durften wir uns diese Maschinen dann auch mal angucken.

Lorenz showing his muscles

Also ging es vom schönen, warmen und sonnigen Meeresblick in den engen, heissen, super lauten engine room. Bevor wir in kleinen Gruppen durch den engine room geführt wurden, haben wir alle ear protectors bekommen, weil es in dem engine room so laut ist, dass man ohne Schutz auf den Ohren eventuell mit geplatztem Trommelfell oder mit einem kleinen Tinitus rauskommen könnte. Darüber hinaus hat der engine room auch den Namen Sauna, weil man da drinnen ein Spiegelei zubereiten könnte. Als wir dann im engine room waren, hat Patrick uns alle verschiedenen Tanks, zahlreiche Systeme und Knöpfe gezeigt.

Lorenz at a hike

Der Maschinenraum hat zwei Etagen, denn man kann mitten im Raum eine kleine Klappe aufmachen, in der es ein paar Schritte runtergeht, dort steht dann unser relativ grosser Motor, der unseren Propeller antreibt. Man musste eigentlich durchgehend geduckt durch den engine room gehen. Alles in allem war die Tour sehr interessant und lehrreich, weil man endlich mal etwas über die Maschinen und über den Job des Engineers versteht.

Lorenz in the rigg

Liebe Grüße an meine Familie (Mama, Papa,Tommi). Ich habe euch ganz ganz doll lieb und mir geht es hier super gut;)

Oh to swim in the middle of the Atlantic.. oh wait

Date: 23rd of November 2021
Author: May (Mathilde)
Position: Atlantic Ocean
Geographical Position: 17° 42. 6‘ N, 041° 54. 7‘ W
Etmal: 142NM (in total: 4407NM)

Hello there, this is May. This is the first daily report I‘m writing by myself and to be honest, I have no idea what to talk about. I‘ll just do some spontaneous writing and see how that goes, since I‘m trying not to cross the deadline of handing it in (which is today). Might be a bit boring compared to the ones of people actually making an effort in documenting their whole day, but I‘ll try making it as interesting as possible. After all, it was quite a good day and not even that uneventful.

Mathilde am Steuer

Let‘s start with our 0-4 am watch, due to which I‘ve by the way lost the remaining sense of time I had left. I don‘t mind that watch though, especially now that the night watches are much more pleasant than the day ones day temperature-wise. Our duty officer at the moment is David and he‘s really nice and relaxed so we get to play chess, eat snacks and sit on the ground on the bridge. I remember we talked about which types of cars are best (1960‘s cadillacs for sure) and outstanding historic personalities from heads of states to William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. It certainly was a fun conversation. I‘ve honestly come to like my watch, Main B, and even our current watchleader Luca. Unfortunately they‘ll already rotate again next week, though I‘m looking forward to Paula as well. We went to bed as soon as we got relieved by Mizzen watch.

Mathilde über den Wolken

I only woke up again at 11.20 am for the daily ship‘s company meeting. It wasn‘t any different than usual at first, Chris didn‘t even bring the chart anymore because the progress we‘d made in the last 24 hours wasn‘t of significance, but then he announced that, as long as the swell wouldn‘t increase, there‘s a chance we can go swimming again. Although it wasn‘t confirmed until the late afternoon, everyone was really excited and in desperate need for a cool-down- despite the air conditioning it is incredibly hot and we aren‘t even in the carribbean yet!
After lunch, I had school. We had a pressure-related experiment in physics and a test about vulcanoes and plates tectonics, seperated into three parts. It went quite well for me and I actually enjoyed having a “longer“ test again.
After school, we got another safety briefing for the upcoming swimming event and were then told by Chris to “wait for his signal“- the signal being himself, jumping into the water first.

Mathilde mit Crew

All of us followed shortly after, doing backflips, salti and spins from the capping rail. Lots of people, including me, also did some snorkeling, which was really nice with water that clear- nothing to see but the people around us, the ship and the endless depth of the sea. It would have been really cool if there had been anything to see – last time, there was at least a jellyfish – but it didn‘t take anything from the experience. It was a lot of fun and we seriously had an awesome time (exept for perhaps Victor, who tried for a double backflip and only managed one and a half).
Alone the thought of swimming in the middle of the literal Atlantic Ocean, five thousand meters of deep water below us, seems unreal. But for us, it‘s possible, and that‘s so cool. I really appreciate to be a part of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. We only had dinner afterwards and for the first time in a while, we saw dolphins again. Lots of dolphins. Honestly, one of the best things about Ocean College is that we get to see wildlife animals we have never seen before, such as dolphins, whales and turtles. I can’t quite decide which ones are my favourite.

Mathilde mit ihrer Watch

In the evening, some people watched the third ‚Hobbit‘ movie while others were either on watch, working out or having group conversations. All together a quiet and relaxed evening and generally overall a good day in my opinion.
At the moment, the main event I’m (and pretty much everyone else) is looking forward to, is the mid-atlantic ball. To be fair, we already have crossed more than half of the Atlantic, but I don’t think anybody here minds. It’s likely going to be a memorable event we’ll all enjoy. Hopefully, there will be cake.

Mathilde am Steuer

What I’m also curious and excited for is Antigua and everything that follows. It’ll be my first time not only in America, but also on another continent and outside of Europe. I wonder how different from home it will be and whether those differences are positive or negative ones. However it wil turn out to be, I’m sure it’s going to leave some kind of mark on us, something we can benefit from in our future lives and careers. And we will enjoy it. At least I will try to get the most out of Ocean College and appreciate the amazing project it is.

Love to Sam, Ana, Mama (+ext. family), Eero and A. Greetings also to my tutor and everyone who wished me fun and a good time 🙂

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