It was on a Wednesday afternoon on the third day on the Radboud and we were in Lemmer. Yesterday some of us had trained for the “Radboud Open” – little fun competition. Our teacher had installed `rock rings´ on the boom, mobile climbing holds on ropes and we had to do pull-ups on them, followed by push-up on the ground.
At 5 o`clock everybody was on board, ready to watch how our classmate were batteling for the win. The boys began and then the girls. Everybody pulled and pushed as hard as possible, because the price was a not-washing-up voucher.
The best of the boys did more than 20 pull-ups (which counted twice) and over 40 pull-ups. Sadly, only two girls participated, but Ida did more push-ups than the boys. What a shame!
In the evening, the winners had all the glory and extra free-time, while the others had to clean the dirty dishes. The next morning, however, the winners also had very sore muscles.
Report about the cabins and kitchen of the Radboud, our three-master sailboat
The cabins on the boat were for two people and had a bathroom with toilet and shower each. The beds were normal, no hammocks, but rather small, only 90 by 180 cm.They were fixed to the wall. Some of us had to hang the feet out of bed.
We had to bring our own sleeping bags, but pillows and mattresses were on the boat. It was not very comfortable to sleep on the mattresses but it was possible. On, the last two nights the ship rocked us into sleep.
Every cabin had two scuttles, one at the slepping room and one at the bathroom, which could be opened. One day someone forgot to close the bullseyes and their bedclothes got wet.
The bathrooms were small. Our taller students had problems sitting on the toilet because the sinks were in the way. We had to clean everything ourselves.
In front of our bedrooms was a long corridor but in front of my bedroom was one of the poles and I ran against it at least two times and hit my head. Along the corridor was the kitchen, the dining room and one of the ways up.
I think the kitchen was rather big for a ship and equipped with modern things like a broken dishwasher, a cooker which was working and a watercooker. Everybody had to do kitchen work like cooking and cleaning in teams of four to five.The dining room was big enough for us but I think if it were completly full, booked with all 58 places instead of 30, it would be a little small.
In my opinion the sailing trip was awesome because it was trying but we had a lot of funny and interesting experiences.
The day we cooked our chilli.
On Wednesday, our whole class cooked chilli con carne in our ship’s kitchen. We made three kinds of chilli. One for the vegetarians, another one with meat and the last one was extra spicy with some homegrown chilli pods. One of our classmates had brougth some of this homegronw chillies to our school trip. We also made some rice to it. While we made the chilli, we had a little stupid competition. Who can eat a whole chillipod at once? Two of us ate half of the chilli and had stomach pain for one hour. Two others ate a whole chilli pod. One of them ate the chilli in little pieces, the other one swallowed it in one go. The result was a bad stomach pain for the rest of the evening, vomiting four times. In the end the chilli con carne tasted super delicious.
A piece of advice at the end: Do not eat a whole chilli pod. Just don’t. Ever.