Tagesmeldung vom 31.07.2023
Nordsee – zwischen Shetland Inseln und Norwegen
Position 58°57 N|002°37 E
Kurs, Speed 000 | 0,1kn
Wind NE – 1bft
Luftdruck 1002 hpa
Temp (L/W) 17°C, 15°C
For me the day has started with the greatest thing so far on the voyage – I can finally laugh again and joke about my seasickness I’ve been suffering from the last two days. Luckily, all the others feel better as well and we admire a beautiful red moon next to a glowing oil platform.
Weird opposing constellation, the romance of a full moon vanishing next to the industrial lighted up construction providing us with fuel. After a long and nice sleep we got woken up with the same weather forecast like the day before. Basically no wind and still in sight of the same oil platform and competing Tall Ships.
The good thing about drifting for about 30 hours is that you can admire the calm sea during different day and night times. For sunrise and sunset the light glows enchantingly on the surface of the water, mirroring the sky and turning the sea into liquid mercury. During noon the sunrays can be seen in the crystal clear water in various shades of pure aquamarine blue. Some seagulls are drifting on starboard and portside acompanying us while we are patiently waiting for wind.
The afternoon got quite busy with education on sail setting, rope handling, fire in the ship drill, deck cleaning, fire fighters introduction for the voluntary crew as well as to the anchor capson. After dinner there was a special guest coming by to say hi. A whales fin shortly greets us two times before continueing its dive.
While the horizon merges the sky and sea again with awe-inspiring colours the long awaited wind finally returns and gives us some speed for the last couple of hours the race continues. Trimming is done to its best with the result that we not only keep up with the offer ships, but even go faster than a couple of others.
While our watch was still asleep things got busy in the galley. Hot chocolate was prepared to welcome the new day as the birthday of one crew member. But thats a story for the upcoming report. Stay tuned! Exprime la vida!