Leaving port of Warnemunde.Cloudy, but no rain yet!
It was an early morning. Wake-up call at 6.30 hour and leaving the harbour to sea. We are really excited to go to sea. It is cloudy but dry so nice to be all outside and helping with leaving the harbour. Three trainees are ‘mooring men’ and the2nd mate is standing by in a dinghy. We are going by motor to direction to the Kiel Canal so that means that we have a good day to start (and not have to deal with seasickness!). A lot of people climb up the rig again.
Afterwards we have British breakfast with toast, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. We are discussing what everybody is having for breakfast at home. There are a lot of differences between the countries. (And about the differences of toast and bread!). Sometimes there is a language problem as we mean sometimes the same but call it different! The Dutch people brought up their ‘hagelslag’ and Ruth (UK) was really happy because she recognised from the time she was 5 years old and lived in the Netherlands.
At 9.30 it is happy hour! For non-Lord Nelson sailors: that means cleaning with everybody! Done below and on deck. Everything is organised well on board, so even the cleaning stuff. Jo (medical purser crew – UK) explains us first what be used for what and then we all go to work. Sam (IR) tells that he never cleans and now the kopfer –cleaning is even at his wheelchair table.
It looks that everybody having fun with the cleaning and it was also necessary after some days in port. The bunks in the foxhole (in front of the ship – where we sleep with 9 people) need to be hoist to clean the floor.
In the morning we will have a drill again and everybody needs to go to the emergencies stations and getting deck-instructions and how to brace the yards. We are exercising it with all watches and we will get a compliment of the captain that we learned it quick.
The crew is doing a fire drill in the afternoon and the bosun and engineer are dressing up for the fire and get ‘under control and down’.
We are doing the Intercultural Introduction where everybody had to tell 3 different stories about themselves and people had to guess which one is the right one:
Ricky:’ I have a ballet certificate which I gained from our girl- ballet class as the only male at age 4. I think my award was a ‘pass’. I do not dance at all now.
Ruth: My husband was arrested for piracy for a fishing offence.
Lianne: My socks ate 8 socks.
Judy: I am involved in animal fare and..I take out socks of dogs...
At the evening the captain gave a presentation about the Kiel Canal and how we will pass it. We are anchoring and the watches need to do anchor watches during the night, together with the watchleaders
Mike (UK), Sandra (DE), Janine (NL)