The 10-day programme has started, the first all-hands has happened and the Østbroen bridge has been passed
The first days of sailing are always the hardest. Life on board is way different from what we are all used to. All of a sudden cadets have to live according to the vessel's schedule, they have to get used to living and working as a team, gain lots of new duties and find out what it’s like being on watch. During their first day at sea the cadets have been unified into groups and secured behind each of the four Kruzenshtern’s masts. It's only a matter of a few days and an appropriate weather that they start their training and climbing up.
Cadets are busy with studying according to the intensive 10-day programme. This programme provides them with enough knowledge to pass the exam for the allowance to work on board. The boatswains of Kruzenshtern are going to test the trainees for the sail’s names and locations, the commands and responsibilities during all-hands and other information. Cadets also study the work of mechanisms on board of the vessel and the safety measures during the mast climbing and different types of work.
However, some of the cadets are already allowed to work on the deck and masts. 17 of 19 cadets from Yeisk have already been on Kruzenshtern in 2012 and 2013 and know the job perfectly well.
The second full day of sailing has been rich in activities. The first all-hands of the voyage have happened, unfortunately without climbing due to wind and rain. Though that was kind of a cut version of the all-hands, the cadets got the idea of what work they are going to carry during the voyage. Later during the lunch Kruzenshtern has met her old friend sailing ship Mir from St. Petersburg. Both vessels exchanged with the stunning sounds of sirens while the trainees and crews both on board Kruzenshtern and Mir took pictures of each other.
As if it wasn’t enough for the busy day, same evening the barque has passed the important mark of her each and every voyage - the Østbroen bridge. The construction is so amazingly and impressively huge and lengthy one simply can not see the Danish isle and a peninsula it is connecting. Each of the nineteen supports of the bridge is over 200 meters high with their tops hiding in clouds. The road itself is located 65 meters above the water. Even though Kruzenshtern with her 56-meter masts is fine with passing under Estbroen (moreover did it hundreds of times), it always seems like the bridge is going to cut the masts off the sailing ship like it ain’t no thing. Passing the Estbroen is one of a kind thrilling experience.
Kruzenshtern is planning to call in the port of Bremerhaven on the 30th of December 2013. The intensive 10-day programme is finishing on the 4th of January 2014, the day after the vessel is going to leave the port.