Ocean College

Summerschool 1&2 2022

First time sailing on the Pelican

Datum: 01.08.2022
Authors: Finn and Henri P.
Position: 54°19.803`N 42°09.32`W
Etmal: ?

Morning routine

The day started off as usual, with breakfast at seven in the morning. After the staff meeting at 8 a.m. we all gathered on the well-deck and the captain told us about the plans for the next few days. The next target would be the Isle of Man and it will the very first time we are going to set sail.

Preparation for setting sails

After that we climbed on the yards for the first time and prepared the sails for sailing. Now we just had to get further away from land in order to catch as much of the wind as possible. The Main watch was mainly responsible for setting sails.

On wide ocean

With now set sails and course to the Isle of Man, we spend most of the day either on watch or in bed and saw the weather changing from blue sky and a calm sea to a cloudy sky and high waves. After the weather changed the first students started to get seasick. For some of us it also was the first time they saw no land at all.

Kinder auf dem Schiff

 Dinner in the middle of the Irish sea

After another delicious dinner at 6 p.m. we tried to get a quick hour of sleep before starting our night watch from 8 p.m. to midnight. The weather had gotten even worse and everything was wet. As we came closer to the Isle of Man, we had to howl in the sails and prepare for anchoring.

At Midnight the Fore watch took over and a long and exhausting but beautifully exciting day ended.

Day 2 on the Pelican

Date: 31/07/2022
Authors: Benjamin W and Harry S
Position: 53°17.865`N 6°06.913´W
Etmal: ?

Ships Routine

At 07:05 a.m. Simon used the tannoy system to wake us all up for breakfast and at 7:15 a.m. we met in the messhall to eat breakfast. At 8:00 a.m. we had a safety breifing and went for a safety tour of the ship with Simon and then we went to the poop deck with Matt and we had a go on the helm and spinning the wheel.

Afterwards we went on to the well deck and practiced how to tie the lines down to the bellaying pins. We then went for lunch which was jacket potato with beans and cheese and then we all equipped our safety harnesses and one by one we went aloft in the main mast just practicing climbing up the rigging and back down again then weh ad shore leave at 14:00.

Shore Leave

We went to the city center of Dublin independently in small groups and went on shoreleave. We bought a lot of sweets from sweet shops in the city center. Everything was very expensive (Joshes bank account was drained because Harry was hungry).

Our German friends came with us on shoreleave and tried to teach us some german. We didn’t understand a word they said half the time but we are slowly picking it up along the way.

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland (CC) Brücke Unter Dem Blauen Himmel

Back on the ship

Everyone returned to the ship by 17:00 p.m. for dinner, which was a nice peppered chicken with rice and mushroom sauce and after that we left the quayside and set off to our anchorge at scotsmans bay and we starightened one of the crossbars on the mast and kept on sailing.

We then had a fire drill where we assembled on the poop deck and the proffesional crew gathered the fire equipment and ´fought the fire´.

Mizzen Watch then completed the climbing practice and we all got some downtime where me and some other members of the crew taught us some german again.

Finally, we got into the normal routine and several groups had to do the anchor watch at night and track all the important data such as the wind direction, the current position, the wind speed et cetera. All in all it was an eventfull, exciting and beautiful day.

inside the Pelican of London

The beginning

Date: 30.07.2022
Authors: Daniel and Leon
Position: Dublin harbor

TS Pelican of London in Dublin
Pelican in the harbor of Dublin

First impression at the arrival

The sailing vessel seemed to be quite big on the outside, but small on the inside. The cabins are very small and the windows also and the cabins are quite hot inside.

The deck is slanting what makes it more difficult to play games on it.

The sound system we are called to all meetings and the breakfast with is hard to understand although the crew is good to understand.

The crew is patient with each passenger and stays calm.

The other kids on the ship

Seven kids from the UK were already on board the ship and had arrived the night before. I hope that my English is good enough for proper communication and that we will learn a lot from each other.

It is cool that we`ll then have friends from the UK.

In the middle of the day we ate salty bread with tomato sauce. After that, Jacob brought almost everyone to the Pelican of London from the Dublin airport.

Getting to know everything and everybody

On the ship we met the watchleaders who will take care of us during the voyage. And we were made familiar with everything on board and met the crew. (We have a german captain 😊).

We can speak to him too in cases of emergency.

beginning of the journey: participants at the helm

For dinner our cook Abbie made Pasta with Bolognese sauce, which was good. We also tested our equipment later that evening and were taught about safety and life on the ship.

It is a lot of information to remember.

Tomorrow we will be allowed to climb up the mast for the first time.

After all that the last three people arrived and so far everybody seems very nice. Some people had to do harbor watches, which means that they have to make sure everything is safe and normal during the night.

Then we made our beds and slept until the next day.



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