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Reiseblog 22/23 Pelican of London

Exciting Programme Change

Date: 23. October 2022
Authors: Anna, Leni
Position: Dartmouth, Harbour
Nautical Position: 50˚24.07’ N 003˚34.5’ W
Etmal: 429,7 NM

For everyone who is irritated, looking at our position: Yes, we are still in Dartmouth…

Changed plans

As you maybe already know from reading the other daily reports, we are kind of caged here in Dartmouth.

Lots of deep pressure areas are approaching from the south, bringing strong winds, which make it impossible to move south to Vigo. But our clever Captain Chris figured out a small gap yesterday we could have used to make our way to Vigo.

Unfortunately, we missed this gap because electricians hadn’t finished their work. So, we are still here, and we don’t know when the weather will allow us to get away from Dartmouth. Luckily, we have a great crew and a motivated team of teachers, who came up with a great programme for today.

Introduction into Navigation and Chartwork

Tamsin, our new Second Mate, taught us how to work with charts (maps are called charts) and explained the difficulties of chartwork. For navigation, earth is divided by 90 degrees north and south from the equator, which is called the latitude. From the meridian going through Greenwich in London, it is divided by 180 degrees east and west. This is called the longitude. On every chart there are lines of longitude and latitude, helping us to get some orientation and find our position by looking at our coordinates.

It also has a number and a title, to identify it and to know what it’s showing.

Another very important piece of information on the charts is the scale, which tells us how long the distances shown by the chart are in reality. The scale also gives us a clue to how exact the chart is. The reason for this is, that the latitude and the longitude on a chart in comparison to the real area on earth are stretched, in order to transfer the landscape of a round planet on a flat piece of paper.

Because of this stretching we must be careful with measuring distances. When we take a distance onto a chart, we always look at the longitude scale at the same height on the chart as the area where we have taken our distance to see how long it is. This way we make sure that the measuring is as correct as possible.

When we are navigating with the magnetic compass, we must look at the lines of variation on the chart, which show us the difference between the magnetic north, shown by the compass, and true north. The inner earth is fluid and moves, so the magnetic field and the magnetic north are moving, while the true north, meaning the point where the rotating axis goes through earth, is fixed. This difference between true north and where the magnetic compass points to is called variation. We have to change our heading depending on the variation, to get where we want to get.

Competition time

In the afternoon a scientist from Seas your Future, named Charly, arrived and brought a welcome challenge on board. She first told us some facts about wind turbines and what factors influence their speed and effectiveness.

Later she explained what our exercise for the afternoon was. We were divided into six groups including people from each pathway. Our very imaginative, epic team names were Chicken Wings, Turbinators, Aerodynamics, Fabulous Five, Group 2, and the Futurists.

We got one hour to build our wind turbines, for which we should have used as little materials as possible, a task mainly for the economists. The second part of the task was to create a creative, convincing presentation of our turbine, which mainly was the responsibility of our media people. After one hour of planning, discussing, cutting, gluing and feats of ingenuitive architecture, finally the big moment came.

Some of us were incredibly talented at producing and presenting our windmills as fantastic and unbeatable, even if they held just a piece of scraps in their hands. In addition to our presentation, we also tested the effectiveness of our turbines, attaching them to a little dynamo. We blew with a hairdryer at them and looked at how much voltage they could produce. In conclusion we had lots of fun this afternoon, heard some excellent and amusing presentations, and created some really great working wind turbines, able to produce more than 70 Volts. Working brainstorming and being creative together was a nice feeling and reminded us, that we a team, the crew of the pelican and also kind of a family.
I greet my parents, my friends and the Philos, I miss you and hope that you are fine and having a good time.

Learnings about Dartmouth

Date: 22. October 2022
Authors: Hannes & Lennox
Position: Dartmouth Harbour
Geographical Position: 50°24.07’ N 003°34.5’ W
Etmal: 429,7 NM
What was happening today?
In the morning we moved our ship from the middle of the river of about 50 meters to starboard side to the harbour because we weren’t allowed to stay at the quay overnight during the storm.
Then we had a two-hour shore leave and went through the marketplace in Dartmouth. After our shore-leave we had a crew-meeting and got to know our new board-doctor Robyn.    

Since we didn’t do that much today, we decided to interview some mates and ask them what they think about Dartmouth:

  1. What was your first impression of Dartmouth?
    Franzi: A nice vacation spot if you want peace and quiet.
    Sophie: I was stunned by the beautiful location of Dartmouth and I was excited to explore the town.
    Caro: I was stunned by its beauty, and it is a very cinematic place. I can understand where Agatha Christi (who has her second home in Dartmouth) gets her inspirations from.
    Nicolai: Very beautiful and romantic, but the military is very present because of the Royal Navy College.
  2. Did you talk to some of the locals? What did you find out?
    Franzi: Yes, Dartmouth is a great place to spend your retirement.
    Sophie: I was talking to an old man who told me a little bit about the churches in Dartmouth.
    Caro: Yes, very polite people here, definitely a retirement area.
    Nicolai: Yes, I met an old man and he told us that before World War II, this was a place was where the allies met before the attack on Nazi-Germany in 1944. The old men shook my hand and said with a smile in his face that the countries are at peace now.
  3. What have your learned about Dartmouth’s history?
    Franzi: Once there were dolphins in the river… that’s all I learned.
    Sophie: Back in the day, the locals were too lazy to walk up a hill for a church, so they built another one a few meters below.
    Caro: Very historical place; Royal Navy College is here.
    Teacher-Simon: When I talked to the local librarian, he told me that the Mayflower, who brought the first pilgrims to America, was to be accompanied by a second ship from Dartmouth: The Speedwell. However, this ship got damaged in a mysterious way, so the Mayflower had to travel alone. Many of the pilgrims on the Mayflower, who later founded the USA, originally came from Dartmouth.
  4. What was your favourite place and activity in Dartmouth – would you visit it again?
    Franzi: Drinking the pumpkin spice latte while exploring its shops. I definitely would.
    Sophie: I would definitely visit Dartmouth again. I love the tiny bookshops.
    Caro: The cliffs; Yes I would.
    Nicolai: My favourite place was the little beach because it was very beautiful, calm and silent. Looking at the waves smashing the rock was very impressive.
  5. What have you learned about the English culture?

    Franzi: All of the people are very nice. They say ‘’sorry’’, even if you’re the one bumping into them
    Sophie: They have many dogs.
    Caro: Nothing in particular, Brits are just…very British
    Nicolai: I learned, that the most people here are very polite and respectful, but some of them have prejudices against German people. The prejudices are from the WW2 and some of the people have an old point of view about Germans. They don’t know that the German mindset has changed.
  6. What are the differences between Germany and in England?

    Franzi: The streets are built differently; same as the houses, they’re tiny, pretty and old.
    Sophie: Germany’s ambulance are more reliable.
    Caro: England is still living with its imperial past and still holds on to their past. Germany doesn’t.  
    Nicolai: A big difference is, that in England there are many little coffee shops or other little stores, but no big shopping centres.
  7. What was your funniest experience here?

    Franzi: Taking selfies with locals was fun every time.
    Sophie: That a local didn’t want to give Nicolai a high five.
    Caro: Going with pumpkins trough the Dartmouth’s town.
    Nicolai: Some of us and me went into the sea and have a lot of fun with the huge waves.
    Caro: To my family and friends.
    Franzi: To girls family xx
    Nicolai: To my Pia and my family.

Ein Tag voller Vorfreude

Datum: 21. Oktober 2022
Autorinnen: Franziska S. und Kaija                                                                                                                                                                          
Position: Dartmouth,Hafen                                                                   
Nautische Position: 50°24.07´ N 003°34.5´ W
Etmal: 429,7 NM
Die lang ersehnte Nachricht:
Auch heute liegen wir noch im Hafen von Dartmouth, doch nun sind wir deutlich zuversichtlicher, denn nach dem Frühstück kam im täglichen Teammeeting die Nachricht, auf die wir alle seit Tagen warten: Unsere gemeinsame Reise geht endlich weiter. Nachdem wir in den letzten Tagen aufgrund des schlechten Wetters in der Biskaya unsere Route in Richtung Spanien nicht fortsetzen konnten, freuen wir uns nun umso mehr, unser Wissen, welches wir in der vergangenen Woche erlernten, endlich praktisch umsetzen zu können. Unser letzter Tag in Dartmouth ist somit angebrochen und schon morgen geht es weiter nach Vigo.

Letzte Vorbereitungen:
Nach einem letzten Segeltraining am Vormittag waren wir gewappnet für unsere morgen startende Segeletappe. Wir haben noch einmal das Bracing mit unserer neuen 2nd Mate, Tamsin, geübt. Beim Bracing werden die Yards (die Querstreben am großen Main Mast) von Steuerbord nach Backbord und andersherum bewegt. Dies geschieht immer in Anlehnung an die Windrichtung, um die Segel effektiv setzen und einsetzen zu können. Der Vorgang an sich ist nicht halb so simpel wie er klingt. Es muss an unzähligen Seilen an verschiedensten Stellen des Schiffes gezogen und gelockert werden. Damit das reibungslos klappt, sind nicht nur die Koordination, sondern vor allem die Kommunikation sehr wichtig. Gerade hierbei merkt man, wie sehr wir als Gemeinschaft immer mehr zusammenwachsen und immer mehr ohne Worte verstehen, wann jemand Hilfe braucht. Auch das ist ein wichtiger Teil unseres Zusammenlebens auf der Pelican und nur durch gegenseitiges Unterstützen und Verständnis klappt es, dass das Schiff Schritt für Schritt für jeden von uns ein Zuhause wird.

Doch bevor dieses Bracing endlich in der Biskaya zum Einsatz kommt, genossen wir heute nochmal unseren letzten Landaufenthalt im schönen Dartmouth. Viele tätigten noch kleine Einkäufe, kauften sich einen letzten Scone aus ihrer Lieblingsbäckerei oder füllten ihre Süßigkeitenvorräte auf. Mittlerweile kennt man den recht überschaubaren Supermarkt und freut sich nun auf neue Produkte und Spezialitäten in Vigo.
In den vorangegangenen Tagen kamen bereits einige Lieferungen für die weitere Reise an. Unter anderem auch ein Großteil an Essen, welches jeden Tag frisch von unserer wunderbaren Köchin, Abbie, sowie einem immer durchrotierenden Trio aus unseren Schüler:innen zubereitet wird.
Ein Tag in der Galley
Ein Tag in der Galley beginnt in der Regel schon um viertel vor sieben, denn bereits um zwanzig nach sieben kommen die ersten, oft noch sehr müden Schüler:innen, Lehrer und Crewmitglieder, deren Wache um 08:00 beginnt, zum Frühstück. Also wird als erstes alles vorbereitet, Müsli hingestellt, der Toast geschnitten und der Aufstrich bereitgestellt. Nachdem die erste Watchgruppe gegessen hat, folgen schon die nächsten sehr hungrigen Watches. Wenn dann alle ihr wohlverdientes Frühstück zu sich genommen haben, muss das Frühstückschaos beseitigt, das Geschirr gespült und die Tische geputzt werden, damit die Messe vorbereitet ist für das Mittagessen, denn bereits um kurz vor 12:00 kommen die Ersten schon wieder zum Mittag. Somit heißt es für das vierköpfige Galleyteam: ranhalten. Gemeinsam wird bei guter Musik von Abbies Galleyplaylist geschnippelt, gebraten und vieles mehr. Doch natürlich darf der Spaß nicht fehlen. Gerade beim Kuchenteig für den stets leckeren Kuchen ist das Probieren zwischen den verschiedenen Arbeitsschritten unverzichtbar. Der lange Tag in der Galley endet abends, wenn die letzte Fuhre Geschirr abgespült und die Küche gereinigt wurde. Die täglichen Variationen der verschiedenen Gerichte, die die Küchenteams zaubern, zeigen stets die Kreativität und auch die Begeisterung, mit der diese sehr wichtige Aufgabe erledigt wird.



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