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Exercise Sea legs

9 months ago
Written by Ronald Toppe
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Exercise Sea legs

9 months agoLife on board
Written by Ronald Toppe
Cadets on board. Photo: Hanna Thevik

On the next Atlantic crossing young cadets from the Norwegian Naval Academy will man the ship.

Sunday 9 January, Statsraad Lehmkuhl embarks on a new crossing of the Atlantic, from Newport in the USA to Horta in the Azores.

On the leg across the Atlantic, and the next three legs as well, 72 cadets from the Norwegian Naval Academy will be the ones pulling ropes, stand at the helm, and do the lookout and fire watch.

Exercise Sea Legs

If you want to be a good boss, it's smart to have experience from the workshop floor, or deck and orlop in this case.

- As always on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl, it will be both rewarding and educational for the cadets, says commander Christian Øxnevad-Gundersen.

According to Øxnevad-Gundersen, the Norwegian Navy has given the voyage the name Exercise Sea Legs, and steady legs will certainly be needed. The Atlantic ocean in the winter is usually a cool and windy experience.

Wind and wave height January 9th, the day the ship leaves Newport. Light blue is 3m waves, orange is 10m waves. Map: Earth Nullschol
Wind and wave height January 9th, the day the ship leaves Newport. Light blue is 3m waves, orange is 10m waves. Map: Earth Nullschol

In groups

Normally, the cadets line up in uniform on the quay, before boarding. The corona pandemic has changed this. The cadets went on board in three groups, after being tested for corona.

- Everyone tested negative immediately before they came on board Thursday night. We test again before departure on Sunday, and in the meantime they have been ordered to wear masks, and keep distance between the groups, also during the training, says captain Marcus Seidl.

The first group is tested. Photo: Hanna Thevik
The first group is tested. Photo: Hanna Thevik

Fun, and a bit scary

In addition to working as crew members, the cadets must attend classes. Cadet Sander Marken knows that this is no holiday cruise.

- It will be very exciting to see how everything will work out. I'm very glad, but of course a little scared too, he says.

Cadet Sander Marken to the right, Sigurd Bergsli to the left. Photo: Hanna Thevik
Cadet Sander Marken to the right, Sigurd Bergsli to the left. Photo: Hanna Thevik

Snow on deck

For most of the cadets, sailing open oceans in the middle of the winter is something completely new and exciting.

- It will be a raw experience, it will be a lot of fun, a lot of hatred, but also good fellowship and a good atmosphere It will be good, we are looking forward to it, smiles cadet Sigurd Bergsli.

Already the first morning on board he got a taste of what awaits them. Friday morning, the cadets woke up to snow on deck.

Cadets clearing snow. Photo: Hanna Thevik
Cadets clearing snow. Photo: Hanna Thevik
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