Ocean College

Happy Hour and “eggstraordinary eggciting” Egg-Challenge

Date: 17 November 2019
Author: Elena
Position: 16° 53.108 N, 24°59.913 W
Geographical Position: Mindelo, Cape Verde
Etmal: 24 miles

Happy Hour

After being at sea, almost a whole week from Tenerife on, we arrived at our first stop on the Cape Verdes and anchored right in front the capital city Mindelo this morning.

Because it was Sunday there was a warm English breakfast at 7.00 am.

Afterwards-if you weren’t on duty watch- you were allowed to go back to bed again until 10.00 am…wohoo.

At around 10.30 am we had quick morning meeting and then it was when the fun started because it was time for the weekly celebrated “Happy Hour”.

Music was put on the ship’s speakers and each watch got assigned their areas to clean. Red watch was doing the mess, white watch heads and showers and blue watch was in charge for scrubbing the deck.

Furthermore, the dry store down below had to be cleaned as well this week which was what little Ben and me were doing. So we wiped all surfaces, vacuumed and mopped the floor and rearranged boxes of onions and tins of tomato sauce until it was almost lunchtime again.

Happy Hour auf der Pelican


During the 1 o’clock meeting Captain Ben announced a challenge for this Sunday afternoon: the eggstraodinary eggciting Egg-Challenge!

Every watch was given a raw egg, that they had to build a protecting capsule for. Later on, the capsules had to be thrown by one member of each watch from the first platform aloft down to Poop-deck.

Three eggcelent Egg-Eggxaminers aka Captain Ben, Pete and Simon would then use the following assessment criteria to determine the winner:

firstly, the grade of protection, so whether the egg was broken or not; secondly, the aesthetics and thirdly, how far it was thrown on the Poop-deck.

We had three very creative designs. A colourful painted present by white watch, a stuffed pineapple by red watch and the Chicken Express delivery box by blue watch.

When all three eggs had been thrown on the Poop-deck in their gear, each had to be unwrapped and then tested whether they really were still raw (and not secretly cooked and like this made harder to break).

That happened in a very traditional manner… the member that had unwrapped the egg, had it broken on his head by Captain Ben himself.

After the winner of the Egg-Challenge was announced…drum roll…: blue watch!; we were free to spend the afternoon and evening just as we wanted to: lying on deck enjoying the sun, reading a book or catching up with your Klarheit diary.

Do dolphins become seasick?

Date: 15 October 2019
Author: Elena
Position: Garonne/ Puerto Gurutzeaundi (Spanish-French-boarder)
Geographical Position: 44° 21 N 001°40W
Etmal: 192 miles

My day started when someone from the blue watch woke me up at around 7.20 am. We were all quite busy being seasick last night, so I decided to skip breakfast and instead get ready for my watch from 8 am to 12 pm right away. Dressed in my weather gear and harness (which is compulsory to wear at all time during your watch), I arrived on deck.

Meer, ein Berg und dahinter der Sonnenaufgang

It was just before sunrise, the sky was in a light baby blue with only some clouds and somehow this atmosphere made me forget the many times I had to throw up, the headache and dizziness I felt the hours before. Now it was good to have salty wind around my nose and to see the ocean and sky in these morning hours.


“Dolphins on starboard side!”, I heard someone calling. And indeed, there were four dolphins not even 10 metres away, swimming next to the ship as if they wanted to accompany us. “Dolphins on port side as well!”, you could hear a few moments later. There were already more people from the other watches gathered around to see them. “Do dolphins get seasick as well?”, I wondered.


Although the day was mainly sunny and not that cold, waves and wind were really rough. Almost everybody, including the permanent crew and teachers were or are still seasick. People were either lying in their beds sleeping, or sitting around deck, drinking tea and eating bread to have something to throw up one moment later… just to feel a little better for the following 10 minutes. Because of that, captain Ben decided to change the course and we started heading closer towards land again, so we could have some shelter from the waves that would give us time to recover.

At midnight we reached our position to anchor in front Puerto Gurutzeaundi right on the French-Spanish-boarder to get some rest.



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