Returning the boat

Urk -> Enkhuizen

Thursday morning we left the harbor very late, because the kitchen sink drain was congested.

Our last sail tour to Enkhuizen was very short. When we arrived at the port in Enkhuizen, I had to bring the returnable bottles to the supermarket, after that I was eating at McDonald’s. In Enkhuizen was funfair with horse race and much more, that’s why there was a big firework near our applying place. We had a great view.



Enkhuizen is the port of registry of our sailing ship, the ‘Radboud’, and the home of our skipper’s family. The local community is situatedin the west of the Ijsselmeer near the Markerwaarddjik, a dam in the south of the Ijsselmeer.About 18.500 people live in Enkhuizen. The most popular building is the Drommedaris, a weir gate from the year 1540. Other well-knownbuildings include the churches Zuiderkerk and Westerkerk.

Florian, 15DSC09970

day 3

Our day started in Medemblik, Netherlands, where Alex, Simon and Me went to the supermarket Spar on the mainstreet, wehere we bought some food like parmesan, bread, eggs or other stuff like milk or a lighter. Wbought the lighter for our gas stove. Mr Fässler had forgotten a lilghter and so he used Timon’s lighter everytime. After we had bought everything, we returned with a cart, which I borrowed from the supermarket. We brought everything to the kitchen where some other classmates waited for us. While we arrived, Mr Fässler was on the way to buy some medicine, because a girl was ill. Before we left Medemblik, all of us had some freetime. Simon, Baturay and I went back to the supermarket and returned the cart. Alex and Peter waited for me on the boat and later we went to a playground to take some pictures and have some fun. Later, we set sails and went to sea.


At 13.15 we arrived and the captain told us something about Lemmer, wehere the city is or some supermarkets. Alex, Peter, Pascal an me went to Lidl first, where we bought something to drink. After that we went downtown. I was searching for shorts and so we visited literally every store but seemingly all the shorts were sold out. But then I fount one. We sat down on a bench in front of the river. We met other classmates which bought some ice-cream and everone had one. Before we met the others, Alex bought a new bluetooth loudspeaker and went back to the boat. There, everyone was so excited about the speaker, that half the class bought one, too. After us, our teacher arrived, but he couldn’t open the door to the boat, because Mrs Müller had them. But I had the glorious idea to ask the captain for a key and he had on, so we could enter. The girls, Mr Fässler, Mortiz and I prepared dinner. Spaghetti carbonara where on today’s menue. Mr Fässler added a “little” bit too much pepper and so the food was a little bit too hot. Thank you for that, Mr Fässler. After that, the boys played cards like ever other day. So everone had his sparetime. The gilrs, moritz and me went to the playground at Lemmer, where we played Truth or Dare till it was 11 o’clock. Mr Fässler had to look for us, but he found us. Later everybody played cards. And so ended the third day in the Netherlands.


Abel, 15.

What I love about sailing

bdrWhat I love about sailing is that you can just relax and have fun with your friends or even make new ones. It also is a lot of fun to see the waves breaking at the front of the boat, the spray, getting a little bit wet. Seeing the wind blowing into the sails and feeling the boat roll and the wind sweep at your cheek. Helping your classmates or friends pulling the ropes to lift the sails or tying knots. Sleeping ton the boat and being rocked to sleep every evening is nice. However, being woken up by your friends in the morning by loud music was sometimes disturbing. Cooking with each other and doing competitions is fun. Bing in a new town every day and trying their special food and getting to kneo new people is very interesting, too. To put it all in a nutshell: that’s what I personally love about sailing.

Mortiz, 15.



Radboud Open

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.


Peter, 16

a fantastic day

On our sailingtrip to the Netherlands we took a bath in IJsselmeer. On our first day on the ship we had a lot of fun and some students of my class asked the skipper if he could stop the ship and drop the anchor. We wanted to jump from the ship into the cold sea. Luckily our captain said yes and he stopped the ship. Our maat Nico lowered a ladder from the ship  into the sea so we could climb back onto the ship. A few minuts later, the first boay jump into the water and cried: “The water is freezing. I’m ice.” But more boys wanted to go into the cold water and after 10 minutes the first girls came on to the deck, beceause they wanted to jump into the water, too.

In the end, our teacher didn’t want to be a looser and also jumped into the water; Yeah, we had a lot fo fun. Even one girl, who had been worried that her now would bleed from the cold water,  gave it a go and jumped. And of cours her nose didn’t bleed and she could laugh at herslef. Yes, that was our fantastic Monday where our class jumped from our ship into the cold sea – a day we’ll all remember.

Raphael, 16



Our first stop on our cruise was the harbour Medemblik. It was the nicest stop. When we were just before Medemblik almost all wanted to swim because the weather was very nice. That’s why we stopped shortly before the island and jumped into the much too cold water. We arrived a little later, I guess at 14 o’clock. After we had unrigged the boat, we arrived at the harbour and saw the big crowd. On Medemblik it was a kind of church anniversary with booths, horrible music and many drunken people. So we didn´t think, and jumped into the jungle and explored the beautiful little town. There were really nice houses, with much nicer doors. Fascinated, we visited everything. I discovered a carousel and my friends wanted to it immediately, because it was not a normal carousel. The seats consisted of four movable steel cables and a board out of wood, in which you had to sit down and then you were turned around by two employees while you flew through the air. 

Mia and Ida rode three times on the day with the carusell, which was  2.50 $ per ride. After that, we were in another shop that called itself a fun house. But that was not really fun and then we took a look at the island and took pictures. We passed two men made of metal and took the chance to climb on the two and made a photo shoot. 

Later we noticed that on the island was also a railway and a horse race which we watched a bit. We also noticed that the people there are very open. They immediately recognized us as Germans, even ifeven if we did not say anything; they always said „oh German“ – we were very surprised. There were also many cats we all caressed and many people had horse figures  – apparently this horse race was very popular. We returned to the ship about 5pm and helped with the dinner. It was Asian vegetables, that we ate at 7pm. It tasted delicious. 

Later in the evening, we went around a bit and Mia had the whole time a catchy tune. The song called „In my feelings“ so then she began singing the song with the word „Kiki“ . About 10 meters away from us were still other young people, who sang „do you love me“ loudly back and then we delivered a singbattle.  Since then we called them the Kiki gang. We went a bit to the party people and because it was already night it smelled of alcohol. 

At some point, we looked for a bench and talked a bit. But then Ida saw a great striped cat and we all looked at it.  Ida touched the paws of the cat, which hissed and we almost had a heart attack, because we were so scared of famous cat. After this blatant incident, we slowly went back to the ship and hung out on deck and suddenly there were fireworks. Great. It took about 10 minutes, and was really nice. Then Florian played a bit on his trumpet and a group of people stopped to see who`s playing. The only one who did not like that was Fabi.  He had to clean the kitchen and freaked out because Florian still played on, although he stormed up from the kitchen and complained loudly about the music. We finally went to bed and agreed that, it had been a nice day.

Cloe and Amanda

On our trip were many spiders. Especially in our cabins. They weren’t very pretty. They had a big body with long, thin legs and they were brown or black and some had white stripes. We gave the spiders names, to make them more friendly. We had two horrible experiences with spiders. For example, there was a spider in one of our cabins. She came in over night, because we had the window open. She hung inside our window and stayed there. When my friend and me woke up in the morning, we ran outside the room. Both of us were very nervours and afraid, that the spider coud go in our luggage. But Mr Fässler, our teacher, told us to calm down and he walked straight in our room and put the spider away. After that, we called the spider Cloe. Thanks to our teacher we could sleep well the other days, without ugly spiders in our room.

A girl in our class had another horrible experience. We were all sitting close together when suddnely on of us began to scream “OMG, I guess I’ve got a spider on my back. Please take her away.” Everone was scared. But in the end she survived and we put the spider away.  After that we called her Amanda. All of us were scared to sit there again, but it hasn’t stopped us. Because we have always been together,  so we could help each other. It took our fear away, because we knew there always was a helping hand. The good new is that everything went find and no one died because of the horrible spiders.

And if you meet Cloe or Amanda, tell them Hi.

our teachers

Our teachers of the trip

We started our journey on the 16th of September by taking the bus. Apart of our group were our English teacher Mr. Fässler and our maths and chemistry teacher Mrs M. In the bus, Mr Fässler wanted to count the students, but in the end Mrs Müller had to do that job because Mr Fässle rcounted wrong twice. on our boat “Radboud”, Mr Fässler  was allowed to control the whip, whil Mrs Müller motivated the students to work on the ship – and one time she even helped. Together the teacher planned, on what time the students had to be back on the ship, what we had to buy in the supermarket and the birthday party (read about it on another article). But they didn’t decide, where we were sailing. That depended on the wind. Mr Fässler helped cooking and preparing breakfast. While we were sailing, Mrs M. was tanning her skin and got sunburned. On September 21st we were traveling back home by bus and Mr Fässler failed again to count the students. Mrs Müller had to do the job againg. we were all thankful, that the teachers were with us on this trip.


Amelie, 15

on board

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.

Emil. 15

One day in Urk

Netherlands – One day in Urk

When my friends and I got out of your ship for 6 days, the Radboud, we first saw the little wall. It separated us from the Ijsselmeer and protexted us from it’s strong wind. Seven o us went, with the help of our navigation, in the direction of the small city.

We discovered many creepy dools, as well as a children’s shop with the name “Annabell”. Urk was almost deserted and a few girls were a little frightend.


In the centre we met other classmates. Together we decided to walk along the way to the stony beach. But not without stops. I bought my mum a little birthday present, someone else bought his sister a bag and so on. Arriving at the beach, some boys went swimming and we girls took photos of us.


In the early evening we went back to the ship. We were even punctual, in contrast to the teachers who were half an hour late.


Anne, 15