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Monkeys, Monkeys, Monkeys

Date: 28.10.2021
Autoren: Max and Lorenz
Position: On the way to the Canary Islands
Geographic Position: 34°03’8N, 009°52’7W
Etmal: 168 NM (total: 2026 NM)

„Today I will make my Monkey.“ Exactly this was our first thought going through our head, when we got woken up for the breakfast. Such a crazy thought when you know what you have to do for it. And this is what we will explain to you in this daily report.

Schüler vor dem Klettern

So the monkey is nothing you can get easily. At first you have to know that you are only allowed to do the monkey, if you were at least one month on the tall ship Pelican of London. The monkey is a climbing certificate you have to work for, because you have to climb up the main mast of the huge Pelican of London. And the main mast isn’t just a small tiny mast what you might think. The main mast of the Pelican is 30 METRES high, what is very very high, and it feels even higher, if you are on top of it. And you also have to climb on the outside of the T’GALLANT. What is the T’Gallant?

Die Segel der Pelican

So the T’Gallant is a yard. A yard is a long big thing on the main mast that goes from the left to the right, where the sails are attached to. The T’Gallant is ONE of the four yards/sails. The lowest yard is called the course, the yard a few metres above it is called the topsail and over this one there is the yard, where you have to climb to the outside of it (T’Gallant).There is one yard that is really just a little bit higher, which is called the royal. So now we hope that you know a little better what it means to do the monkey certificate. For us it was one of the highlights to make the monkey. There is no way to describe our feelings, when we looked over the 30 metre high main mast at the endless awesome sea. You feel sooooo free and soooo happy that …… As we said, we can’t describe our feelings. And then, when you are finally down again, you are a real monkey, which means you are allowed to climb to the main mast where and whenever you want to. And to the bow sprit too. The only thing you have to do is telling it to the bridge . This is what Lukas and me (Lorenz) forgot to do one time. The consequence is a few days no climbing. A stupid mistake and I’m sure we will never do this again. So that’s all about the monkey.

There was another special thing at the same day. Michi, our teacher, made a science project with us. At first we deployed a deep water scientific accesoire from the poop deck , the deck at the back. We took measurements at thirty metres depth. After this we had to haul the whole device back on deck, which took us a lot of effort. This took six people all of them where quite tired . Michi makes this experiment often with us so we have many datas from many places of the sea.

Wir grüssen unsere Familien (: Uns geht es hier sehr sehr gut und wir verhungern schon nicht 😉

Max, Lorenz

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