Ocean College

Reiseblog 19/20

A ships load of new friends

Date: 21 October 2019
Author: Simon
Position: Vigo, port
geographical position: 42°14.419N; 008°43.874W
Etmal: 0

Teilnehmer klettert den Mast hoch

During the last week we have developed a lovely community on board. We left Bordeaux on Monday, the 14th of October. Today, only one week later, the new ship´s inhabitants visited Santiago de Compostela. Even though we have only known each other for one week, we have experienced extraordinary things together: We sailed for almost a week, we climbed up aloft to set sails, we steered a 45 meters long vessel, we saw dolphins jumping out of the water right next to the ship and some even saw fountains of whales near the horizon, we supported friends that were suffering of seasickness or felt like dying of it. But all those experiences also united us. While I boarded a ship of strangers a week ago, I was heading for Santiago with friends.

Santiago de Compostela

The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is a very impressing building and the old part of the city is very welcoming. We saw many different places and came in touch with various people while searching for the biggest star in Santiago, “las dos Marias” or for a place to eat typical Spanish food. In the end, we met again in front of the cathedral and wrote letters to ourselves. They will be send to Pete’s Sports Bar on the Azores so we will get our own letter when we arrive there and that will be when our voyage will nearly have come to an end.

Gruppe in Santiago vor der Kathedrale

Communication and Reflection aboard

In front of the cathedral, we had group discussions in which we talked about what impressed us the most, what we didn’t like, where we helped others or what we were grateful for. Even though many of us really suffered of seasickness for quite some time, nearly everything we reflected on was positive. We also did the reflections with regards to our “Klarheit” book. In there you can find a weekly reflection section with questions like that. That inspired us to use the book with all its suggested features.

Mehrere Kalender liegen übereinander
unser Klarheit-Kalender…

Ankunft in Vigo

Datum: 20.10.2019
Autor*in: Carl
Position: Vigo, Hafen
Nautische Position: 43°54.1N/006°19.9W

Ungefähr um 11:00 heute Morgen haben wir im Hafen von Vigo angelegt. Da viele von uns gerade die wahrscheinlich schlimmste Woche ihres Lebens hinter sich hatten, aufgrund der von den Wellen und dem Wetter in der Biskaya ausgelösten Seekrankheit, herrschte natürlich sehr gute Laune an Bord, sobald der Hafen in Sicht kam. Nach insgesamt fünfeinhalb Tagen auf See wurde es mal wieder Zeit an Land zu gehen, das hatte sich jetzt jeder verdient.

Das erste Mal Anlegen in einem Hafen

Gruppe Teilnehmer im Beiboot

Trotz der guten Laune mussten wir natürlich dennoch noch etwas tun, um in den Hafen zu gelangen und sicher anzulegen. Als Erstes mussten wir alle Segel hafentauglich herrichten, also so dass sie schön anzuschauen waren. Im Umkehrschluss hieß das, dass Leute auf den Mast klettern mussten. Noch nie haben sich so viele Leute fürs Klettern freiwillig gemeldet, da die Aussicht großartig war, keinem mehr schlecht war und wir von oben über die neben uns schwimmenden Delfine einen besseren Überblick hatten. Danach ließen wir zum ersten Mal unser Beiboot ins Wasser, damit ein paar Leute an Land gebracht werden konnten. Einerseits zum Leinen fangen und festmachen, aber auch, damit Elena mit der Drohne Bilder von unserer Ankunft machen konnte. Anschließend sollten wir die Fender und Festmacher vorbereiten und dann hieß es erstmal warten. Beim Anlegen ging dann alles schnell und schon waren wir in Vigo.

Der Nachmittag in der Stadt

Nach einer langen, aber wichtigen und erfolgreichen Aufräumsession durften wir ungefähr um 16:30 an Land. Zuerst gingen wir mit den Lehrern auf einen kleinen Hügel, machten dort ein Gruppenfoto und nach einer kleinen Ansprache hieß es erstmal nach Hause telefonieren und schreiben. Uns wurde gesagt, dass wir Freizeit bis um 21:00 hatten und so machte sich dann jeder in Gruppen von mindestens drei Leuten auf den Weg und speziell auf die Suche nach etwas zum Essen. Die Masse spaltete sich schlussendlich in eine Pizza- und eine Tapasgruppe. Nach dem Essen machten sich dann alle wieder auf den Rückweg zum Schiff und so war der erste Tag in einem anderen Hafen auch schon zu Ende.

Ganze Gruppe in Vigo

It‘s all about motivation and happiness

Date: 19. October 2019
Author: Lilly
Position: 24 hours away from Vigo (hurray)!
Geographische  Position: 43°45‘1‘‘ N / 6° 19‘9‘‘
Etmal: 531 sm

„ARE YOU HAPPY?“ If you are being asked that question, try to answer “Yes I am“ as enthusiastic as possible even though you might just want to scream “Noooo!“ back into the person‘s face. That might sound a little strange at first, however, repeatedly reminding yourself and also everyone else to stay positive will eventually help you to stay on the bright side. This could be seasickness, an extremely long day of three watches or having to steer the wheel at 4 am in the morning when its pouring down and all you can think of is taking a long and hot bath.

Mentor Paul am Steuerrad bei Regen
Are you happy?

Singing songs for happiness

By singing songs together during your watch your brain will eventually release endorphines that again are responsible for your happiness! Old songs from the 80s, the latest pop songs, recently learned English shantees, songs about sailing in general, church songs, German songs, Easter songs, or songs from your childhood like “Bruder Jakob“ or “Drei kleine Wölfe“. Searching for any leftover lyrics somewhere in the deepest and darkest corners of your memory is guaranteed fun. If you fail, just go with any words that come to your mind, that will do as well.

However, there is one big exception we strictly have to hold on to: No single Christmas song until the last birthday before Christmas has been celebrated!

In case you run out of songs to sing, either come up with your own ones or just repeat everything you have sung so far from the beginning. Personally, I would not recommend dancing on the poop deck, you are very likely to slide across the whole deck (talking about personal expericene here).

The small little things for happiness

It is incredible how two words “dolphins ahead“ can cheer up a whole ship from one second to the other. And today two wales have been spotted at the horizon for the very first time. Well, to be honest, only the fontaines of them, but who cares about that little detail!? For all the ones who keep missing the dolphins, including me, I am sure Abbies absolutely delicious brownies will come up for that.

P.S.: The latest record of not blocking the toiletts is six days and we are very keen on breaking that record.