Routine on board

Date: 16.11.2023
Geographical Position: 47°39.639N 005°19.117W
Nautical Position: Bay of Biscay
Etmal: 71nm
Total: 534nm
Ship: ReginaMaris

Leaving personal routines behind

As you can imagine, life on a sailingship looks quite different compared to our daily routines we all had at home just a month ago. From one moment to another everything changed for us and we are still getting used to it.

Already after a few days we all quickly realised that we would have to leave a lot of our personal routines and habits behind. In general, that includes our whole lifestyle.

Since the start of our life on the Regina Maris, we are no longer waking up by our alarm clocks, getting ready for our way to school, following our hobbies in the afternoon and eating dinner with our family. The beautiful thing about that is that it is exactly why we are all here.

But beside the obvious changes, also little things changed. A lot of us had a bed time routine. For example, some of us did sports or read a book every evening. Now we are often too tired for that or there is no time left, but instead we often find some time during the day for it.

At least if we are in the harbour. When we are on the nautical watchsystem (you can read up how it works in an earlier daily report) that may also change. That is also a factor that makes an evening routine difficult, because it is not always evening when you go to bed.

Flexibility and compromises

Personally, I think, that being flexible is the key, because almost everything on a ship is planned, but nothing is guaranteed. “Plans are made to make Neptune smile“ is a real motto here. Weatherconditions, unexpected events and problems that must be solved are the planners of our day.

For example, when we left Îled’Ouessantto we wanted to pass south of the island which is normally a shortcut, but the current turned against us faster than expected, so we had to take the long way around which was 20miles (37km) longer. That happens and we are learning to accept that.

Another perfect example which shows that making compromises is unavoidable is everything that has to do with water consumption. Showering is just possible 3 minutes per day and when we really have to save water, like now, not even that is allowed. I think some of us are going to create new records for the longest no showerperiod or the greasiest hair.

Also, I believe that almost everyone has given up his or her skincare routine by now. You are happy when you get yourself up to brush your teeth. That all leads us to really appreciate water and by now we know that washing your hair when everything you want to do is laundry or have water to wash the dishes goes not without saying.

Schülergruppe an der Reling

Creating new routines

Leaving routines behind also has a positive side. It gave us the ability to create new routines which helps especially those people who are missing something steady, like me. In my opinion a cool thing developed: Most of us started to keep diary in our daily book.

Everyone has its own way how to do it but often we are sitting together and all are busy with it. I would have never done that at home but here it helps me a lot. It is interesting to take some time to reflect the day and look at it from another perspective. Now I can also imagine continuing it after the journey.


Now I wrote a lot about leaving routines behind and creating new ones, but we also have some board routines. There are a few things that are scheduled. Once we are in our nautical watchsystem and starting with our school lessons, we should have at least kind of a daily routine. Especially for me this is going to make it a lot easier, because I really miss to have a sort of planned day and to know what to expect.


Sunday routines

Further, every Sunday we have the so called happy hour which means deep clean as a weekly routine. We are still working on taking only a hour for cleaning, but we are getting there. Additionally, there is the auction of the lost&found box where you can buy back your lost stuff from the past week. It is always a lot of fun with Thomas, our projectleader, as moderator and we are really enjoying it.

The Sunday evening always ends with a silent hour. We are all gathering in the messroom and filling out the weekly reflection in our Ocean College daily books. Just as keeping diary this helps to think about the new things we learned, the problems we faced, the experiences we made and to get an idea about our feelings in this very special time.

Schüler arbeiten an Deck

Happy with our new lifestyle

All in all, I think that even though it is sometimes complicated and a bit messy, we are all trying our best to get along with the changes of our lifestyle. For every day passing by we are getting more and more used to
life on our ship and our new daily routines. Of course, to make those experiences even when they
make us struggle is sometimes interesting and fun! I am really proud of all of us enjoying this once in a lifetime experience.


Franka: Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Opa!

Darja: Ich habe euch alle lieb und freu’mich, bald wieder mit euch zu sprechen! Passt auf euch auf und drückt Honey und Pluto ganz fest <3

First Deep Clean and Free Shore Leave

Date: 24.10.2023
Location: Scheveningen Harbour, Netherlands
Distance Traveled: 27 nm (total distance)

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning!

Right after breakfast, we started the day with the first deep clean of our beloved Queen of the Oceans. The watch teams had to clean various areas of the ship. At some point, we just started helping wherever it was needed.

A little bit of chaos

Alpha Watch began by cleaning the heads (toilets) and showers. It all started a bit chaotically because we couldn’t find the cleaning agents and towels at first and weren’t sure how to start. Finally, after a little while, we figured it out. Even though some of us were really shocked by how much hair and dirt can collect in the drain, we managed to complete the task.

It’s mopping time

At the same time, Bravo Watch was trying to clean the mess room, but they had some trouble getting everyone to move out so they could mop the floor. Finally, it was „mopping time“ (and yes, we had a good laugh about that quote from Thomas). Meanwhile, Charlie Watch was busy cleaning the deck. One thing is certain: they did a fantastic job, even if they did shower everyone who went out of the front door while cleaning the Poop Deck (the deck at the back of the ship). From our perspective, everyone did an excellent job, and we are very proud of ourselves!

First free shore leave in The Hague

After lunch, Thomas announced that we were going to have our first free shore leave today. We were all very excited to have the chance to explore The Hague on our own, and we left the ship full of anticipation. Some of us took the tram, while others decided to walk.


After our group (Joshua, Aurelius, Aurelia, Julius, and Adrian) took the tram into the city, we searched for something to eat. Right in front of us, we saw HFC (Halal Fried Chicken). We initially went in there until we spotted KFC about ten meters away. So we switched from HFC to KFC and got our food there. After that, we took the tram back and headed to the beach. The wind was perfect, the view was great, and you could see the sunshine through the clouds. With KIZ playing at full volume, it was absolutely amazing.

The results when you leave without a plan

Our group, including Jane, Mascha, Emma, and I (Darja), decided to walk and just follow our mood, which led us to discover the biggest sunglasses in the Netherlands (in our opinion). We also accidentally found what we would call a Thai Village, entered a Christmas paradise, and indulged in a lot of waffles.

The biggest sunglasses

It all started when we were heading to the beach. Suddenly, Emma spotted some big blue sunglasses standing randomly on the beach, and we fell in love with them. So, we all ended up taking a close look and some photos.

Waffles number One and a Thai Village

Then, out of nowhere, Jane came up with the idea of searching for some waffles since we all wanted a snack. Happy with our plan, we started walking toward the nearest waffle-serving restaurant. But just a few minutes later, we had to change direction because we saw a cozy-looking, tiny street that was magically attracting us. Suddenly, everything around us had something to do with Thailand, including Thai massages, restaurants, and flags. We still do not know why, but it did not bother us because we found some Stroopwafels there. Highly recommended!

Christmas paradise and waffles number Two

Fueled by our little snack, we continued walking. Right in front of our destination, OMA TOOS, we had to change our direction one last time due to a Christmas shop. We all wanted to see what was inside, so we ended up entering a Christmas paradise. If you need any kind of Christmas decoration, you will probably find it there. We all got really excited and got into the Christmas spirit, even though it is still October. Eventually, the anticipation of the waffles won, and we finally made it to OMA TOOS. After enjoying some delicious waffles, this time the classic ones, our group made its way

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