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Crew member rescued by superheroes

Date: 05.02.2019
Author: Niklas
Position: 11º 16,362’N 81º42,713’W
Etmail: 132NM

I continued the way I ended yesterday: with Galley Duty. That is because we have a new system: Galley Duty does not start early in the morning and last for the day, now it starts at eight o’clock and lasts until eight o’clock the next day. And you don’t need to go to watch the day of your duty, or if you have night watch, you don’t need to go the night in between.

This new system is quite bad for blue watch because blue watch ends at eight in the morning and galley starts at eight o’clock directly. So you start galley duty with 4 hours watch done before, which means that you fall into bed completely tired at the end of the day. But that is no problem for me because I am white watch, hehehe.

The problem today was that I didn´t wake up at the correct time to prepare breakfast this morning. But since yesterday Marlen and Nele couldn´t come to the Galley after lunch and I got their backs, they were so nice and got my back when I didn’t come to galley this morning and prepared a lovely breakfast.

After everything was done and I had breakfast, I went back to bed. At five to eleven Anousch made a wake up call for seamanship. She did so by playing the song ‘Havana’ through the tannoy, which was quite funny because we are actually on our way to Havana.

Our seamanship classes held by Pete are there to teach us the basic skills of a sailor and to do maintenance of our Pelican. This time the task was to give some love to the tender. And that was quite necessary because it has been in the water the entire time in Costa Rica and there have grown seashells, seegrass and barnacle.

We had the job to remove everything that should not be there. So I guess that today was quite a normal day and nothing really interesting was happening except for the fact that it was a very special persons birthday:

He is always in motion and has an eye for everything and an ear for everyone. He impresses me everyday again with the way he manages everything and how all the things he plans perfectly fit together. Also, he is a master in improvisation when plans need to be changed quickly and new plans have to be made.

He tries to be always fair, although that can be a big challenge sometimes, and he makes sure that everybody is fine. And when the ship is resting on the dock side, he is one of the first ones up, doing yoga alone or with some of us students.

That is probably the reason why he is so patient. Not only he teaches good, he also learns fast. He is one of the students from Fabian, Helena and Theresa, who teach how to play the guitar. And yes, I am talking about our project leader Niki. Happy birthday to you! 

So the day went on with our daily meeting at one o´clock. Shortly after the meeting, the sound of the alarm filled the ship for a fire exercise. Like always, everybody mustered on the poop deck and lots of people with big yellow life vests were standing in line to make sure that no one is missing and waited for instructions.

Eugenio turned out to be missing. So Christian and I volunteered to help down below to save him. He pretended to be unconscious in cabin 10. We needed to put him on a stretcher and carry him up the stairs out. That was very hard, but we saved him like heroes.

The exercise ended and our physics lesson started, where we learned about systems that reduce the force needed to lift something. After two hours of physics, one hour of individual studying and one hour of German, the school day came to an end. For dinner we got spaghetti with chicken, paprika and a sweet sour sauce. 

It was time for me to work on my daily report and to make that nicer, I took my Musik box up on deck, listened to some music, watched the beautiful stars and worked on my report – well that was the plan…

Sebastian joined me, then Peer, Helena and Fabian as well and finally Justus and Nick also checked out, what was going on. And my plan of writing the report ended in a deck party with loads of fun and good vibrations. I guess the report had to wait.

So now you know why you don´t get the reports the day we write them 🙂

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