March 10, 2023
- Logbook
Tres Hombres

Digital rehab on a traditional sailing freighter (Oliver Hunkler)

At the beginning of the journey, one of the most important missions for everyone was to stop using all types of digital devices
with which many of us are surrounded today, such as personal computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones and televisions and the accompanying flood of information.

Work-related emails, personal messages, as well as news from around the world, mostly negative news about wars, political and economic tensions, news about climate change and its consequences, to name a few.

On the last day ashore, I sent some final work emails and messages to family members and friends and then all my devices went into OFF mode as I went ON board the Tres Hombres.

The crew of 15 other, male and female, sailors - professionals and trainees from Ages 18 to 68 from nine different countries within Europe
gave me a warm welcoming feeling.

For the last four weeks, I have been involved in the daily operations on a sailing ship as well as anchoring and loading cargo. Everything was about working
as a team, as the command says: All hands on deck!
It was a great feeling to be able to work hard with my hands again despite swollen fingers and blisters.

The rewards, of course, were on a much higher scale: observing marine life, such as jumping dolphins around the ship or accompanying birds, enjoying the
changing wind direction through the sails while searching for fish in the water displaced by the ship.
Or the glowing plankton in the water during the night, the countless stars and the fiery shooting stars. All this is hard to describe and to put into words, rather it leaves tears of joy. One of the most beautiful moments was a 360° horizon of just the sea, the sky and the black lady with 15 souls in the middle - nothing else.

No, no distracting news and information from outside via electronic devices. Just being one with the crew, the ship and the wind! Mission accomplished!



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