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Redoing our social climbers

Date: 04.02.2022
Author: Nicolai
Position: Caribbean Sea
Nautical Position: 19°41.4 N 081°27.6 W
Etmal: 8279 NM
Ship: Pelican of London

Yesterday we started to climb up the mast to the Topsail platform to set the sail in its gear to get our social climbers, but for the majority it was just getting our social climbers back.

First time under sail for four weeks

Four weeks ago, we were on our way to Panama where we didn’t have any wind for sailing. We had a very nice land programe in Costa Rica and have been on board now for just one day and already have good wind conditions. So, it is now possible to sail! The Captain called all hands on deck to set a couple of sails, after which we were able to sail without engine. That’s what I missed for the last four weeks. The best feeling you can have, I promise!


Recently we have been having small presentations at every morning meeting concerning the different professions on board. Why you may wonder? Well, the crew will hand over their jobs to us trainees. This includes the job of the Captain, First Mate, Second Mate, Bosun, Engineer, Cook and Medic. We have time until Sunday to decide on a first, second and third choice and following that we will have job interviews, in which it will be decided which choice would suite us best.

Cabin is home again

My new cabin is now a home again and not only another person’s bed. Personally, I was a bit scared of our new cabins and watches because we didn’t know who our new cabin- and watch-mates are. It’s really important that you don’t start annoying each other in the cabin because you have to live with your cabin mates in a such a little place, there is no room for stressful situations. In my cabin we have set a new rule and tidiness system after which it is very tidy and not as chaotic as in the beginning. Having spent a couple of days in my cabin I can say that I really like my new cabin, especially the people. I didn’t expect things to turn out so well with my new cabin because I hadn’t had so much contact with some of my cabin mates before.

What is the first thing you want to do when you are back home?

Leander: I think the first thing on my “To Do List” when I am back home is definitely to cuddle my cats and meet up with my friends but of course also tell my family every bit and piece about the voyage.

Constantin: I will pet my dog and my parents 🙂

Lea: As we hopefully arrive on Easter Sunday, one of the first things I am looking forward to do is to have a nice Easter breakfast with my parents on monday, when we all have holiday. Because even though they know a lot about the voyage, I want to tell them every little detail again. Also, I am really looking forward to seeing my cats and horse again and show my grandparents and friends impressions of the voyage. But there are many small, simple things I am really looking forward to.

Benno: I’m really looking forward to ride around in the city of berlin with my bike on a sunny spring day.

Nicolai: Because I miss my whole surroundings, I will take a ride on my bike through my little city and ring on all doors where I know who live there.


: I am sending greetings to my parents, love you, grandparents, friends and all the people thinking of me. See you again soon! Moni: Liebe Grüße, ich freue mich, euch wiederzusehen!

Hannes: I love Ocean College, especially my teachers: Benno, Simon and Britta, and I also love my parents!

Caro: Liebste Grüße an meinen liebsten Scheschel, miss you und grüß ganz lieb zuhause <3.

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