We are on board once again! Lena, Achim, Thomas und myself are the vanguard. It is late in the evening when we arrive in Husavik, but this is hardly noticeable - the sun is still shining this far north and the whole harbor is flooded in a soft, warm light. Lauren, who spent the winter on board the “Dagmar Aaen”, has returned home for a few weeks before coming back to take part in the Greenland journey.
This is why the ship has cooled down and is dark. Our first official act therefore is to open the sea cocks, reactivate the fuses and start up the stove. It takes until the next morning to get things warm again. But we are so tired that it doesn’t matter – shortly thereafter we are in our berths. A tight work program awaits us. The ship must be made ready for the voyage ahead. The rigging must be retightened and the wires on the rigging must be tarred down. To do this one must sit on the boson’s chair and apply a special tincture to the wires with a brush and a rag. This protects the wires from corrosion.
Lena was willing to take on this rather dirty job while Thomas and I secured her from the deck. (Photo) After that we had to stack our provisions away. The coffee and tea from “Lebensbaum” are still in their cartons. Nothing works on board without this elixir of life in vast amounts. In the meantime, Achim installs the new nautical chart program Navy Sailor 4000 CS from Wärtsilä/Transas,activates the satellite link and gets the electronics into shape. In the machine room there is an oil change as well a replacement of the oil– and fuel filters due.
The deck must be polished and painted. Occasionally Icelandic friends drop by and give us a warm welcome. Now we have to fasten the sails, check the security equipment and replace the ship’s pennant which was ruffled by the winter storms. On Saturday we are going to undertake a first trial run to Akureyi, where Sigga and Mario will join us – then there will be six of us. But until then there is still a lot of work to get done. We will keep in touch!