Ocean College

Reiseblog 19/20

A sleepless day on the Pelican

Date: 27th December 2019
Author: Ruben
Position: In the Carribean sea
Geographical Position:12° 52.9N / 071°06.1W
Etmal:138 nm
Days with diarrhea on board: 2

Not every day can be a good day. Today I had quite a tiring, hard and annoying day without a lot of sleep. But sometimes you need such a day to start appreciating the other, nicer days. It went like this:

My day already started at 23:30 when I was awoken for my 00:00 – 04:00 watch. We started out already two short as Mara had galley duty and Johannes didn’t feel well. So it was just Phil, Joana and me – Paul was there too, but he was shadowing Simon, our watch officer. It was a nice warm night and you could stay on the bridge without having to put a sweater or anything like it on.

Sonnenaufgang

At the beginning of the 00:00 to 04:00 watch you always feel extremely tired, that’s why I always try to do some kind of sport – if it’s a couple of push-ups or just dancing to some music. After about an hour Phil started having a headache and after it was obvious his situation wasn’t going to improve, he left us for bed.

As we were only two people, we needed at least a third person as there a three positions that constantly have to be occupied (helmsman, starboard look-out and port look-out). So Simon started helping us with our helming and lookout jobs. This was an unprecedented event as he normally has other more important things to do.

The last two hours of watch we just chilled around listening and dancing to music – Joana taught me some sort of town dance. After my entertaining but tiring watch, the only thing I wanted to do was have a nice long sleep. So I went to bed anticipating a nice six hours of undisturbed sleep – just to be accidentally woken up for breakfast by someone at 6:45 am in the morning. Normally the night watches get woken up at 10:00 am.

Then at 8:00 o’clock one of my cabin mates just randomly turned the light on when getting his school stuff – the joys of sharing my cabin with three other people. An hour later Anson came into our cabin to repair our blocked toilet– so at 9:30 am I went up to grab some breakfast, and joined seamanship at 10:30 am. We revoked our knowledge of how to properly belay a rope with a lot of weight on it.

I hoped I was going to have a couple minutes of break afterwards, but as Anson had finished fixing our toilet and a diarrhea virus is going around, we cleaned the whole toilet with E-pine, so as not to be infected. Then we had lunch, a little bit of free time and our daily meeting. After the meeting it was announced that white watch B had to do heads and showers and that we should help (we are white watch A) them, as the diarrhea had taken two of their watch members out as well and they weren’t enough people.

After cleaning I went to school. Well, school was school. It takes from 14:00-18:00 and the spanish class with Mascha was fun. Directly after school, approximately at 18:10, we had dinner. Today it was a nice steak with noodles – quite a weird combo but it tasted lovely. Finally, at the end of the  day, I had some free time, which I thourougly enjoyed by playing some card games and watching the second half of a movie, until, at ten o’clock, it was bedtime for me.

P.S. Von Miriam:  Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, lieber Helmut! Schade, dass ich schon wieder nicht mit euch alten Leuten feiern kann! 😉

Abfahrt Curacao

Datum: 26. Dezember 2019
Autor: Hannah
Position: Im Hafen von Wilhelmstaat
Geografische Position: 12°02.1 N/ 068°51. 2 W
Etmal: 0nm

Auf geht’s nach Panama! Heute sind wir wieder in See gestochen und haben das niedliche Städtchen Willhelmstaat hinter uns gelassen. Diesmal war es eine Stadt, die viele Ähnlichkeiten mit europäischen Städten hatte oder wie Noé sagen würde: „Das sieht ja aus wie eine richtige Stadt.”

Im touristischen Viertel wurden wir von vielen bunten Häusern umgeben, die zusammen mit dem Kanal und den verzierten Brücken einen wunderschönen Anblick ergaben. Wir wurden mit Eis verwöhnt, Cafés mit gutem Wlan gab es an jeder Ecke und auch das ein oder andere Geschäft war uns bekannt. Aber auch hinter den bunten Fassaden versteckten sich „normale” Hochhäuser, große Einkaufsläden und gute Straßen.

Aber was gehört eigentlich alles zu einer Abfahrt aus einem Hafen dazu?
Das Wichtigste ist es erst einmal, das Schiff sicher für die See zu machen. Dazu gehört, alles wegzuräumen, damit bei Seegang nichts mehr rumfliegen kann, die Mülleimer werden festgebunden und die Portholes und die Watertightdoors werden geschlossen.

Danach wird sich um alles Segeltechnische gekümmert, schließlich wollen wir die Engine nur so kurz wie möglich benutzten. Es wird schon mal gebracet, die Gaskets werden abgenommen und alle stehen bereit an Deck. Nachdem der ganze Papierkram geregelt ist, hier gab es sogar eine Gesichtskontrolle durch die Behörden, könnte es eigentlich losgehen.

Allerdings nicht, wenn man verpflichtet ist, einen Piloten an Bord zu haben, um aus dem Kanal zu fahren. Unser Plan war es, um 10:00 abzulegen, doch der Pilot wollte uns erst um 12:15 seine Ehre erweisen. Also haben wir die Zeit noch genutzt, um einen Deep Clean durchzuführen. Ehrlich gesagt hatte es das Schiff nach dem Landaufenthalt und Weihnachten dringend nötig.

Nachdem der Pilot an Bord war, konnten wir endlich in See stechen. Dafür werden ganz zum Schluss unsere Mooringlines eingeholt und jeder ist bereit, die Segel zu setzen.

Sobald wir den Kanal hinter uns gelassen hatten, ging es los: Erst wurden die Jibs gesetzt, dann das Topsail und das Course und später noch das T‘Gallant. Nach guten eineinhalb Stunden war es geschafft. Alle Segel gesetzt, der Captain zufrieden und wir auf dem Weg nach Panama.

Curacao Ausfahrt
Auf nach Panama!

Ich persönlich liebe es, nach den Landaufenthalten, im Sonnenschein mit einer leichten Brise vom Land wegzusegeln. Das Gefühl, was sich in fast allen von uns ausbreitet, wenn wir nur noch vom blauen Wasser umgeben sind, ist unbeschreiblich schön.

So freuen wir uns jetzt auf eine gute Woche auf See, um dann in einem ganz neuen Teil der Welt wieder anzukommen.

Ship’s christmas

Author: Max
Date: 25th December 2019
Position: Willemstaat, Curaçao
Geografical Position: 016°33.6N/ 029°57.8W
Etmal: 0nm (wir liegen im Hafen )

Christmas songs at 32°C and in bright sunshine? A christmas tree made out of sea fence and brooms and a Santa who’s wearing a Ray Ban? We experienced all of that today as we had our christmas ceremony on Pelican’s welldeck. We just had our everyday meeting in the mess, sweating our life away, when the first mate stormed in and pointed out, that there was something strange going on outside.

Sarah und Lea Weihnachtsbaum

As we all rushed out, we saw our RIB speeding towards us, on board two Santas: Simon and Anson. Anson was wearing the before-mentioned-Ray Ban, his oilskin trousers, and a christmas hat.

Simon und Anson im Jib

Everyone, even captain Ben, had to confess one sin they comitted since boarding the ship before they got their present. Sins we committed were robbing someone else’s brownies or putting sails in the mate’s bathroom.

Weihnachtsgeschenke
Frohe Weihnachten!!!

Afterwards, everyone got their secret santa presents, for example cups, handmade necklaces or an airmatress together with a nice, handwritten letter.

Anson and Simon als Weihnachtsmänner

Shortly after the ceremony was over, we had christmas dinner at 3 pm, where we had turkey with potatoes and carrots. The best thing was, that the captain acted as a waiter and served the food (that’s an old tradition of the royal navy).

Punch
In the evening Miriam made a punch, which was yellow and tasted a bit strange, but you could taste that it was punch (she said it was a Carribbean one). We ate christmas cookies and Noé told us about the jewish Chanukka.

A unique experience

In conclusion you could say, that this christmas was unique and the most different one as well. I think none of us will ever forget the view of Anson jumping on deck and asking who wants to get some coal for christmas.

P.S: Alles Gute nachträgliche zum Geburtstag Camilla und Till <3 ~ Emily

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