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Cultures at Sea, from individuals to-gether pt.1

Morgenster, 07 August 2016
Cadiz - A Coruna

– by Trainees from the Red Watch

Morgenster Trainees Together

Morgenster, EU Exchange 2016
Logbook, part one: the Red Watch


Day 1 – 30/7/2016

At 9, we had breakfast and coffee (especially liked by Bjorn). The taxi arrived and took our bags to the harbour. At the harbour the security controlled all of our bags and then we went on board the Morgenster. Compared to some of the other ships in the harbour the Morgenster is small, but she is the most beautiful boat!

Harry is the captain of the ship and he told us some things about the ship like the rules and other safety things. After the introduction of the ship the mentors gave each watch group a teabag. This teabag we had to trade of something better. We had about 2 hours to go around Cadiz and ask the local people for things to trade, and the thing we ended up should be something to be used as a mascot for our watch group (1/3 of the group, so about 12 people). The items the group ended up with were a blue cactus, a Mexican sombrero and a drawing.
When all of the groups arrived at the ship we had a tasty dinner consisting of spaghetti Bolognese and a salad, and yoghurt for dessert. The White watch (each watch group is called by the colours of the Dutch flag) did the dishes. In the evening we all headed out for some activities to get to know each other a little more. We played a few name games and everybody told a few things about themselves. After the games there were a couple of hours free time, but we were back at the ship at midnight to watch a fireworks show all together. After the impressive fireworks, we went to bed with high hopes for the next day of adventure, and sailing!!
Bjorn (25), Norway
Floor (18), The Netherlands

Day 3 – 01/08/2016

Today was our first full day of sailing. We woke up at 7h30 and had breakfast, prepared for us by the blue watch. We started the watch at 8h00. The weather changed a lot: first there was no wind and a big sun, but in the afternoon the wind started to increase more and more! The waves are very strong and high and a lot of people got seasick. After the lunch we saw dolphins for the first time on our trip!! In the afternoon, the Dutch people prepared hutspot & gehaktballen, the Dutch national dinner, consisting of a potato/carrot/onion mash with meatballs. For dessert there was the special Morgenster-dessert (yoghurt with applesauce and cinnamon, which is really nice!). Everybody liked
the hutspot, so the Dutch trainees were very happy. After this we tried to wash the dishes but it was really difficult because the boat is heeling so much. We came back on deck at 9 pm and watched the beautiful sunset.

Day 4 – 2/08/2016

Today is August 2nd, the waves are very huge like yesterday. Today we had a country presentation about Portugal (outside, to make sure most of the group could come and listen) and it was awesome. We talked about history, food and sports. Later on in the watch we learned about the knots, how to make a paalsteek (bowline). How to steer the boat and something about the course/compass. In the morning we played a funny game (Who am I?), you put a sticker with a name of a famous person on the other person’s forehead and then you have to find out who you are by only asking yes or no questions. A few examples are Jesus, Santa Claus and James Bond.
Gerson (25), Portugal
Floor, The Netherlands

Day 5 – 3/08/2016

Today everyone (nearly) is feeling better!! As always, after breakfast we started our shift. This morning was especially nice because Captain Harry took out his guitar and played for a while. So we could sing along together. If there is something I love about the Morgenster, it is the ‘team family’ atmosphere, in great part created by our super hosts.

After this great watch we had lunch and after that we did some saily stuff. When this was done we did a drill on the main deck. We pretended someone fell from the mast and had broken his leg. Everyone had to help to move the person in to the stretcher. It was a very helpful drill because we now know how to proceed if someone gets hurt in the ship, in the middle of the sea. With a few hours until our next watch some of us used the time to take a nice shower and also to get some sleep. Unfortunately while we were asleep people got to eat cake and saw dolphins, but I’m
sure that there are going to be more opportunities to see some dolphins and maybe some whales!!

After napping the dinner was ready. We enjoyed a traditional Norwegian fish soup and homemade/ship-made bread. In my opinion it was one of the best meals we have had so far. Let’s see what the Portuguese offer us next! To continue with the cultural exchange and knowledge enrichment we read all the notes we had written about different countries. We had an opportunity to discuss all these facts and presumptions before our favourite time of the day… TOASTIE TIME!
Team Carrot :
Ana Raquel (18), Portugal
Ines (20), Spain

Day 8 – 6/8/2016

We arrived in Figueira da Foz after 4 days of sailing. Inés was so happy to reach land that she raced against Gabriel which ended in a fall due to landsickness…
After the Happy Hour Ana and Inês showed us around town, without missing the best pastry place (of course). Following that we headed for an ice-cream place in front of the beach where some brave people enjoyed a freezing swim and crashing waves (the water is only 17 degrees here, versus 25 degrees around Cadiz!).

During our free time we tried some local dishes and drinks until 20:00 when we came back to the ship for dinner and birthday cake for Arthur’s (first mate) birthday. Ana’s father (the master baker of cakes) invited some of us to his house to see one of the residential areas of the town, which was very nice.

The next morning all the watches had breakfast together for the first time since we left Cadiz. Luckily it was not our turn to do the dishes! We departed at 10:00 without exactly knowing where we were going because we did not have much fuel left. The next harbor would completely depend on where it would be possible to fuel up. (We ended up at Cies Islands, outside of Vigo.)

Right after lunch and after Bjorn had learnt how to splice ropes, the French trainees did their presentation.
We sadly lost L. Even if we did not deserve it we got some awesome quiche (the French national dish) and some tasty magdalana cake. Then was nap time except for the cool people (Bjorn & Ines) who are now struggling to stay awake while writing the logbook.
Anyways, the best part of the day is yet to arrive.
…………………waiting for toasties…………………
Ines (19), Spain
Bjorn (25), Norway

Day 9 – 7/8/2016

As always at 7:15 we were woken up, but this time most of us ran upstairs because we were arriving to the Cies Islands and the landscape was amazing. After learning how to put down the anchor we had some time to climb to the very top of the mast to enjoy the views and take some pictures. Once all the ship was awake and happy hour was sorted, we headed to the main island using the dinghy. Luckily next to the tiny port we found a beach with no one on it so we got a chance to swim, run around the rocks and conquer the place. After sandwich and apples, and seeing where everybody comes from and has lived, we had some free time.

During the free time everyone left the small beach and small groups of people were formed, so we were kind of separated. Everyone did all sorts of different stuff. Some went hiking, others went to get some ice cream or drinks and yet others went to another beach. After an amazing day spent on the island we came back to the ship with the dinghy.

Once on the ship we ‘fought’ for the shower (there is only one shower for the girls and one for the boys), we ended up making a list so we did not have to sit in a queue. We had tons of food throughout the day and we still had a burger for dinner, which was really great. After dinner another ship that was anchored near the islands invited us to go and check out their ship. So we had a chance to go look a different type of sailing vessel, operated by a British private school. Some of their trainees came to visit the Morgenster and joined in on some climbing. It was super nice to interact with trainees from a different ship and country, even more cultural exchange! Also interesting to see how life in every ship is completely different. The end of the day was as enjoyable as the beginning of it. As we were not sailing during the night, there were no long watches to complete, so no need to go to bed super early. We all chilled together on deck with some music. This means… perfect pportunity for cool, long conversations before heading back to the hammock. New day is about to arrive!
Ana (18), Portugal
Ines (20), Spain