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Razors, Hungry Washing Machines and Politics – Our Time on The Atlantic Ocean

Date: 30.11.2022
Author: Leni
Position: Atlantic Ocean
Nautical Position: 26˚ 53.6 N 028˚ 38.8 W
Etmal: 2733 NM
Today is our third day of the Atlantic crossing. The last three days were great. We mostly sailed under the blue sky with a moderate sea state, happy to finally leave the Canaries after all this time of waiting and breathe the fresh ocean air. Only a few of us were seasick but no one vomited. School and watches started and we all got used to the daily routine while making our way over the Atlantic Ocean.

Just a bit shorter?

One of the Highlights in the last days was the Pelican turning into a hair salon. We all are aware of the weather getting warmer and warmer while sailing southwards, so Nate came up with the idea to cut his hair a bit shorter. Putting all his trust into her, Nate allowed Marie to shorten his hair on the foredeck. In the end, Marie cut some beautiful sharp steps into his hair all around his head. It was impossible to save this haircut so finally it was decided… Nate became the fourth person on Pelican with a Buzzcut and Leander had lots of fun with the razor.


New abilities… learning how to cut hair

To continue, Nate wasn’t the only person becoming a victim of the crazy hairdressers on Pelican. After some encouraging, Fynn also wanted to get his hair cut, but this time Nate and Leni were the chosen ones. We didn’t want Fynn’s hair to end up like Nate’s, so we were really careful and took our time. After about two hours, interrupted by lots of sail handling, we finally finished our art project. The welldeck was full of hair and we really had to clean it but the haircut we created wasn’t to bad. No steps, no Buzzcut, no other crazy things. In fact, we all were pretty happy and proud of our result and decided to start doing haircutting as a mini job on board. We even already have two other people who want their hair shorter for the hot Caribbean climate.

Lots of ownerless crap around the ship

Another topic we had to talk about in the last days was how to proceed with the lost property box. The lost property box is the place were we put in all the stuff lying around on the ship without an owner. If you search for something you have good chances to find it there. Every Saturday or Sunday we bring it from its place in Simon’s bathroom out on the welldeck to empty it. Everything that doesn’t find its owner, belongs to the first person who wants it. Sometimes, when we have things like beanies or T-Shirts there are more people fighting about it and then they must pay with sweets. Unfortunately, we loose lots of stuff on this ship and especially the washing machine loves to eat our laundry (mostly socks) what mystically also finds its way into this box. So, in conclusion the lost property box, and with it Simon’s bathroom, becomes a laundry storage, what he isn’t amused about. To solve this problem, a Watchleader came up with the idea, that we always have to pay sweets to them, when we grab something out of the box, but no one was convinced by this solution, so we’re still working on it…

student on Pelican

Pelican Politics

The overfilling of our lost property box was one of the reasons while we had some very serious discussions about politics in today’s morning meeting. First, we had to decide whether we want to be a democracy or a monarchy, the system preferred by the englisch crew on board. After we shut up those who shouted: “We want a dictator” and “Vivre la revolution, cut his head off!”, the democracy won by majority of votes. So, our British ship is now divided into England (Cabin 9 and 6), Northern Ireland (Cabin 8), Wales (Cabin 7 and 12) and Scotland (Cabin 10 and 11). All the states have different forms of politics and different interests, but they all had to select one kind of leader, who meets with the others and the permanent crew in the ship’s council. We will see how peaceful conflicts will be solved in the future…

The Nations and their Plans

… Scotland decided to be a military dictatorship wanting to bring all other nations under its control. So Northern Ireland, a strong and intelligent nation with a good working political system based on fairness and human rights, decided to get close connections to Wales. Unfortunately, Wales is a twisted nation with two groups arguing about influence and leadership and England is still thinking about who should get Queen or King. One cabin voted for the strong Queen Elizabeth III and some others preferred the revolution under Nate.
As you can see or rather read, we won’t get bored on Pelican. The future will show how our fight against the socks eating washing machine continues and whether we will or won’t have war or peace between the four glorious cabin nations on Pelican.
Viele Grüße an meine Eltern, Frieda, Andi, Wiebke und Clemens. Ich hoffe, dass es euch gut geht, hab‘ euch lieb und vermisse euch. Ebenfalls liebe Grüße an die Philos und Amaia, ich denke an euch  <3.
Hanna: Liebe Grüße an Mama, Papa, Lina und Julius😊Hab euch ganz doll lieb!

Ganz alleine mit dem Ocean College,
Leben mit 35 Schülern,
über den Atlantik segeln,
Costa Rica erleben,
Kaffeeplantage, Urwald, Surfen,
das ist Glück!!!

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