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Reiseblog 22/23 Regina Maris

An eventful morning…

Date: 05.12.2022
Author: Marlene
Position: San Antao and Mindelo, Sao Vicente
Nautic position: 16°53.046 N 24°59.895 W
Etmal: 2534 NM
Ship: Regina Maris

The day started for us with a Devil-Ray sighting! A crowd of people gathered on deck and excitedly followed the movement of the large animal. In addition, we were faced with choosing between a hike and a swimming session.

Swimming with Devil Rays!!! (Credits to Jule)

While practicing our dives from the railing, just below the water surface, I saw a Devil- Ray. Slightly too euphoric, I started screaming so nobody would miss this spectacular moment. Without thinking, I grabbed my flippers and goggles and launched myself into the water. My friends stood on the boat and were able to follow the Ray with their eyes.

Eventually everyone started frantically screaming „Jule, he’s headed directly toward you! “ It took roughly two seconds until he suddenly appeared in front of me out of the deep blue ocean. I wasn’t afraid but between everyone’s screams from the boat and the actual sighting, my nerves were truly at a peek.

The ray held direct course toward me and immediately a wave of fascination hit me. In this moment, there is only you and the Ray. When diving down to the creature, if you behave calmly enough and the ray allows it, you can swim beside him just like one of the fish that live with him in a symbiotic relationship at a 0,5m distance. All in all, a highlight for many of us.

Hiking with Flobro 🙂

In a cozy group of six we were driven to shore by Lex in the dinghy. From here we spontaneously decided to take the hiking path uphill through the village, up a mountain and to the lake we never saw sight of. On the way up we encountered various animals like goats, roosters, cats and grasshoppers and greeted some of the locals.

We passed the school we visited yesterday, where we heard the students yelling on the courtyard today. The hike uphill was mastered enthusiastically in about an hour. We decided to take a break on a couple of rocks. From here we had an incredible view on the entire village and our dear Reggie.

After a short break, which consisted of us taking some pictures and making sketches of the landscape, we made our way back down. In the process we got a bio session from Flobro. Among other things, he threw out fun facts, like grasshoppers having their ears on each side of their legs. The way back felt like half the time it took to walk up. We arrived back at shore and waited for Lex to pick us up and bring us back to the Reggie.

There we were greeted by our very excited friends (specifically Jule!!) that briefed us all about their excited Devil- Ray adventure. 

Back to Mindelo… not so smooth- sailing!

Once lunch was finished, we made our way back to Mindelo and used the time to study for our Spanish vocabulary test, work on our pathway presentations, sleep or catch up on diary writing. After some smooth sailing for the first half an hour, we had a steering occurrence which consisted of our lovely helmswoman chilling 40° off course which meant that we were exactly 1,5m away from grounding.

What followed was Martin acoustically informing the whole boat of his disapproval and turning on auto pilot for the time being.

Afternoon lessons and deck- sleep- negotiations

According to the teachers we’ve got some serious catching up to do in the school department. To our disappointment that meant we needed to do afternoon classes at our anchor spot in Mindelo. After a Spanish vocab test in the sunset and individual learning class in the messroom, we had dinner.

To finish the day, we had a very active back- and- forth negotiation with our teachers and crew regarding sleeping on deck. Eventually we came to a positive mutual agreement which meant that we were, in fact, allowed to spend this last evening before the Atlantic crossing sleeping on deck, which many of us took advantage of!

Greetings:

Benni U.: Mal wieder wünscht Benni einer weiteren Schwester, dieses Mal seiner kleinsten, alles alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

Ausflug nach Santo Antão

Autorin: Emily
Datum: 04.12.2022
Nautische Position: N 17* 1.130 W 25* 20.0
Position: Santo Ántao
Etmal: 2527nm

Mindelo

Wir verlassen Mindelo

Heute morgen sind wir gegen 09:00 Uhr Richtung Santo Ántao gestartet. Zunächst hatten wir Happy Hour. Parallel dazu hat Martin unsere neue Waschmaschine eingebaut. Auf dem Weg haben uns viele Delfine neben der Regina Maris begleitet und es gab bestes Wetter.

Nach circa drei Stunden haben wir dann die Bucht erreicht und die ersten von uns sind direkt ins Wasser gesprungen.

Fußballmatch – ein hoffnungsloses Spiel

Nach dem Mittagessen sind wir in ein nahegelegenes Dorf gefahren. Die meisten von uns sind an Land geschwommen oder mit einem der Stand up Paddels gefahren. Vor Ort haben wir eine kleine Führung durch das Dorf bekommen und konnten uns eine Schule anschauen.

Die Schule bestand aus zwei kleinen Klassenräumen, von denen wir uns einen angeschaut haben. Dort haben uns die Kapverdier selbsterstellte Musikvideos gezeigt. Danach konnte man sich in einer kleinen Bar noch etwas zu trinken kaufen.

Anschließend haben ein paar von uns Fußball gegen eine Gruppe Kapverdier gespielt und andere sind baden gegangen. Zwei neue „Buzz-Cut-Kandidaten“ waren auch dabei.

Es gab vor Ort ausschließlich schwarze Sandstrände und überall liefen Hunde, Ziegen und Hühner herum.

Fussballspiel
Fußballspiel – Santo Antão

Highlight des Tages

Gegen Abend sind die Ersten schon mal zurück zum Boot geschwommen. An Bord hat uns Lex sofort empfangen und wir konnten mit dem Seil vom Squaresail in hohem Bogen übers Wasser schwingen  und anschließend abspringen. Durch den Sonnenuntergang hatten wir gleichzeitig eine atemberaubende Kulisse. Das war eines der bisherigen Highlights der Reise und jetzt lassen wir den Tag mit einem gemeinsamen Essen des Captains ausklingen.

Geburtstagskind

P.S.: Benjamin.U. : Alles Gute zum Geburtstag an Frau Koch.

Jörn: Danke Papa für die tolle Geburtstagspräsentation und für die Briefe, euer Jörn

Von mir: Liebe Grüße nach Hause und nach Kanada – Ich hab euch lieb und vermisse euch!

Tour on Sao Vicent

Date: 03.12.2022
Author: Maliqa
Position: St. Vicente, Cape Verdes
Geographische Position: N 1653.007 W 2459.927
Etmal: 2499

Mount Verde

After a stressful morning we left the boat at 08:45 to start the bustour around the island. First we pull up the Mount Verde. We took a few stops to watch the landscape and some cute goats. On the top of the mountain was a platform in which we took some photos and afterwards we had a little tea time. My personal highlight of the tour was a beach we came through. Adam, Anna, Juno and I went swimming in the ocean it was really crazy we couldn’t realise that we have the 3rd of December.

Vamos a la playa

After our drive we swap the groups and we had free time (aka free shore leave), my group decided to visit the little market we already spotted on our walk to the Marine-Science Centre the day before. The traders sold jewellery, carved sculptures and clothes. From the market we walked to a beach near the harbour and had our second swimming session. Sadly the other girls at the beach didn’t have any respect and started grabbing Brians butt. Different country, different culture. I guess afterwards we had some bad ice cream and went back to our meeting point.

Living under 1-2$ a day

During our stay in Cap Verde we got some sad impressions of the poor life that many people live on this island. We saw many people begging for money and villages without any infrastructure. What hit us the most, were the children in our age that already were working. For example: One boy sold shells to earn his own school money.
It made us think about the high life quality and how normal it is to have food, school and the opportunity to travel the world. We should make us more clear how lucky we actually are and be thankful for it.

All in all it was a very beautiful day and were looking forward to switch our anker position and play soccer with locals.

Greetings to all of my family. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season and in Berlin the university is not to stressful. And to my friends: School is probably really boring but you gonna do it – Christmas is coming !!! I love you all. Mama enjoy your time in Mexico 🇲🇽 🐋.

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