Ocean College

Reiseblog 19/20

La Isla Graciosa

Date: 2. October 2019
Author: Sarah
Position: La Isla Graciosa, Canary Islands
Geographical Position: 

La Isla Graciosa – what an island! We had the chance to discover it today and I want to use this daily report to give you insight into a more or less normal day on board of the Pelican of London. I’ll write from my perspective as a student and tell you what we experienced today.

7:00 am: Breakfast

It’s always interesting to see how the mood of people differs depending on what they had for breakfast … or not. And I can tell you our breakfast is always excellent. (I think this is a good opportunity to thank our cook Abbie and the galley team of that day.)

So, motivated as always, we started our day…

8:30 am: Emergency exercise

Alle in roten Anzügen
red minions…

Of course, we don’t hope for an emergency but we always have to be prepared for the worst case. Therefore we have to exercise an emergency, just like today. As soon as we heard the alarm, we all went upstairs to the poopdeck and made a count off in our watches to check if everyone was there. After putting on emergency suits and life jackets, we trained how to get into the life rafts quickly. You can imagine that there’s always a little bit of fun when 32 students and 3 teachers, dressed up as an army of red minions come together on such a small and crowded place like our welldeck. 🙂

10:00 am – 16:00 pm: Discovering the island Graciosa

Finally, after all that stress it was time for something more relaxing. And what is more relaxing than a day at the beach?! But there was a difference to the other islands we have been to so far.. there was no marina we could use. So how should we get to the beautiful volcano island we were seeing the whole morning from our ship? Of course captain Ben came up with a clever solution. The small Dingi that is on board brought us as close as 5 meter to an amazing beach and we simply swam to the land. Some of us were more prepared to go for a swim than others, which led to some very funny situations and a lot of wet clothes.

Tag am Strand.

After about 4 hours of enjoying the sunshine and crystal clear water, we all went for a walk to a tiny town which included a cute little bakery. We all had a snack there and after another hour of relaxation we were picked up again and brought back to our swimming home by Dingi.

The rest of the day

The rest of the day we just had fun on board and- believe it or not- even relaxing and having a beautiful day at one of the most amazing islands I’ve ever seen can be hard. So everyone was very tired and we all went to bed quiet early…

All in all, I can say that this was a fantastic day, like one you can only experience on one of the most amazing sailing ship/ school one can have: The Pelican of London. Our home for the next 5 months. And I can tell you we are all looking forward to more unforgettable days like this!

P.s: Im Übrigen sind wir der Meinung, dass wir in der Mitte des Atlantiks baden gehen sollten!

Rotationsprobleme in der Redwatch A?

Datum: 01. November 2019
Autorin: Frida
Position: vor den Kanarischen Inseln
Nautische Position: 29°59582N/12°38685W

Rotationsprobleme in der Redwatch A?

Unsere Watch (Redwatch A, aka die coolste Wache) startete für Jacky, Simon, Ben, Max, Joana und mich um 07:50 Uhr, als wir die Bluewatch A ablösten. Eigentlich gehen alle Watches vier Stunden lang, aber weil es nicht ganz hin kommt mit den Essenszeiten, geht unsere Watch von 08:00-12:30 Uhr und die Watch nach uns schleicht sich erstmal schön eine halbe Stunde raus.

Schüler setzen Segel

Gute Organisation

Unsere Watchleaderin Jacky hatte “einen Plan” aufgestellt, der für jeden von uns für jede Uhrzeit eine bestimmte Position vorsieht. Die Positionen sind Helm (Steuer), Starboardlookout, Portlookout, immer zwei Personen haben Pause und einer muss den Logbookeintrag machen.

Wenn eine Person Galleyduty (Küchendienst) hat, wird einfach die eine Pause gestrichen.  Also bekamen alle ihren festen Job für eine halbe Stunde, danach wurde eine Position weiter rotiert.

Die Watch verlief soweit normal, das heißt wir gaben uns gegenseitig Tanzunterricht, machten Workouts oder schliefen kurz in den fünf Minuten, in den Simon (Offizier) Tee holen war. Bis Pete (Bosun) kam und fragte, ob wir auf das T’gallant klettern wollen.

Die Umsetzung des Rotations-Plans

Da immer eine Person am Helm bleiben muss und Max nach Jackys Liste als Helmsman vorgesehen war und er auch nach mehrfachem Angebot von Jacky und mir nicht tauschen wollte, blieb er am Helm. Auch ich blieb da, weil ich noch ein bisschen seekrank war. Wie schon in der Watch vor ein paar Tagen musste der arme Max nicht nur eine halbe Stunde, sondern zwei Stunden am Helm bleiben.

Das Segel der Pelican im Abendlicht

Da ich die meiste Zeit schlief oder er wegen meiner Seekrankheit nicht mit mir wechseln wollte, blieb er standhaft der Helmsman. Als die Anderen vom Klettern wieder kamen, ging Jacky ans Helm, obwohl Simon vorgesehen war, was heißt, dass Simon gar nicht am Helm gewesen wäre und Max zwei Stunden. Wie ihr euch vielleicht vorstellen könnt, machte das Max Laune nicht besonders besser…er war zutiefst erschüttert.

Da Joana am Morgen schon Helmsman war und erstmal eine Patenthalse gemacht hat und so um die 40 Grad vom Kurs abgekommen ist, übernahm Simon der Ehrenmann für sie den Helm (eigentlich nur fürs Allgemeinwohl, damit wir nicht jetzt schon der Titanic gleich kommen). Deshalb waren alle mindestens eine halbe Stunde am Helm. Soweit hat der Plan also funktioniert.

Setting the Square Sails

Date: 31th October 2019
Author: Phil
Position: Vor Marokkos Küste
Geographical Position: 30° 52.1 N/ 11° 11.4 W
Etmal: 8 Miles

As you may know, the Pelican is rigged with four square sails. Starting with the biggest one on the bottom called Main Course followed by the Top Sail, the Topgallant and on the very top the Royal. In the following I will explain how to set the square sails.

Pause im ersten Krähennest


Braising is the term for bringing the yards and therefore the sails in position. In order to accomplish that we first have to man the tacks and downhauls. The last ones are used to adjust the yards in their horizontal position when leaning over. Then we man the brasses in order to pull the yards around. It is important to pull all yards together because the sails are attached to both yards, the one on top of them and the one on the bottom. And then, depending on the side we are braising to, we haul away the braises and downhauls on that side and ease them on the opposite site. At the same time, the tack on the hauling side needs to be eased and on the other tack we just take out the slack.

Arbeit im Rigg

Putting the sails in their gear

After braising and before setting the square sails we first have to get them in their gear. Because when we don’t use them, they are rolled in the so-called gaskets. These are ropes attached to the yard and when the sails are not in their gear, they go around the sail and hold it in position. So to get them in their gear we have to climb up the Mizzen-Mast (which is amazing by the way) get out on the yards and detach the gaskets.

Getting the sails down and finishing the job back up on the yards

When the sails are in their gear, we pull them down by easing the Clue-, Bundt- and Leech-lines and haul the sheets and tacks on port and starboard. After the sails are pulled down, we go back up on the yards to make sure the slack in the Bundt-lines is in front of the sails and not on the way up to the yards.

PS: Ganz liebe Geburtstags Grüße an Toni von Sarah hdl 🙂

PPS: Verspätete Geburtstagsgrüße an meinen Papa, mögest du gücklich sein. Mascha 🙂

PPS: Im Übrigen sind wir der Meinung, dass wir in der Mitte des Atlantiks baden gehen sollten (Anmerkung der Allgemeinheit)