Date: November 6th – November 13th
Route: Madeira - Tenerife
Author: Heepke Apel
Week 4: 6th Nov - 13th Nov 2010
Sailing towards the sun! Water…for eight days only water around us. It was something new! But then, in the eights night we were able to see one of the islands in front of Madeira. So we arrived on Madeira on Tuesday morning. It was a wounderful view. Blue sky, blue water and palmtrees. In front of Funchal (the capital) we anchored. So to go to the harbour, we had to drive with the „dingi“(motorboat). Nearly everyone took the chance to walk without a swaying ship under his or her feets. And so we walked through the streets. Searching for postcards and fruits. Later we all met on the beach, which was not really a beach with sand or so. There were only stones, but everyone went swimming. Yeah, really! In Germany, it is cold and wet and we walk around in t-shirt and short trousers. The next two days the teachers split us up into two parts. One group went hiking while the others stayed on board. When my watch stayed on board, Otto (our cook) tought us how to make a „ Rindergulasch, Rinderbraten and stew“… Some of the others who stayed on board, changed the sails, because of the Atlantic Ocean. It means that they changed the „good“ and new sails, with the old ones, because the sun and the salt harm the sails.
After doing our work, our Captain Norbert allowed us to jump into the Atlantic right from the „Johnny“ (our ship). The next day, we went hiking. It was really wonderful. After the warm sun at the coast, it was relatively cold on the mountain. Everything was green and it smelled so good. From a 880m height we were able to look over the water and parts of the island. It was a hike of about 11 km. In the evening, back on board we listened to the presentation from Flo about GPS and Electronical seacharts. The evening before, Jannis had started with „The Physics of Saling“. Friday morning we switched our beds and the boys thier rooms, too! We also got new watches. On Saturday, the school started for one half of us, for me too. The best wishes to my family and friends at home in the wet and cold Schleswig, but also to the others.
Anm. d. Redaktion: Dieser Report von Heepke wurde leider zum Zeitpunkt der Etappe HH - Teneriffa übersehen und erst am 5. Mai nach Deutschland übertragen. Dafür bitten wir um Entschuldigung.