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Voyages

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

The Robert C. Seamans departed San Diego on October 2nd with students from class S231. They plan to sail to the equator and then back north to Honolulu, where they will disembark on November 9th.

Position information is updated on a workday basis only. Audio updates from the ship are reported periodically throughout the voyage.

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Nov

07

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 20 49'N x 156 59'W, anchored in Nanahoa, Lanaii
  • Current Weather: wind Force 4 ENE, seas calm
  • After sailing from the big island of Hawaii last night we find ourselves snug in an anchorage off Lanaii until evening tomorrow. Let the final cleaning begin in the morning!

Nov

06

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 19 28'N x 155 59'W, motoring at 7kts, steering along the west coast of the big island of Hawaii
  • Current Weather: winds light and variable, seas calm
  • Our first steps on land in 5 weeks! What a strange feeling... After being surrounded by beautiful blue waters for so long it was absolutely fantastic to snorkel around Kealakekua Bay off the Big Island of Hawaii. The day was spent exploring the site of Captain Cook's landing, snorkeling and finally a swim call including jumping off the bowsprit of the Seamans! Here student Peter Rippberger snorkels down deep and strikes a pose amidst the coral.
    - Natalia Widulinski

Nov

05

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 18 46'N x 155 4'W, course 295T, speed 7kts under course, tops'l, fisherman and single reefed mains'l
  • Current Weather: wind NNE force 5, seas NNE 5'
  • 70 miles off the big island and we can practically taste the land. Everyone keeps a keen eye out for the first sight of Hawaii and a shout of "Land-ho!" This afternoon the students gave their second round of oceanography presentations. Everyone has been working round the clock to put the finishing touches on their projects and it was exciting to see the results. Great job to everyone on your research. A day of snorkeling in Hawaiian waters will be the perfect reward for you hard work. -Robinson Yost

Nov

04

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 17 52'n x 152 48'W, course 285T, speed 4kts under storm trys'l, forestays'l, jib , jib tops'l
  • Current Weather: wind force NExE, NW'ly swell
  • photo attached: student Maggie Schultz

    Maggie Schultz conducts an engine room check. All engineering spaces are thoroughly checked each hour to search for any issues that might be harbingers of greater problems to come if left unattended to. Most problems however remain quite minor when caught early. Also the boat checkers record many parameters to assist in analyzing the performance of the power plant.

    ~ Dave Reynolds

Nov

03

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 16 50'N x 151 20'W, course 325T, speed 7kts under single reefed mains'l, forestays'l, jib, jt and fisherman
  • Current Weather: Wind NNE force 4, NW'ly swell 8', overcast skies
  • photo attached-(from left to right) students Tyler Montgomery, Natalia Widulinski, Marina Van der Eb, and Morgan Golding

    The last day of regular class has come and passed with today. Tomorrow starts the first day of our long awaited and toiled over Oceanography presentations. However on this morning's agenda was the styrocast. In classic form we all drew fancy pictures onto our own Styrofoam cups, shoved them into pantyhose and sent them down to ~2600 meters. The picture depicts some of the students' retrieved shrunken cups!

    -Morgan Golding

Nov

02

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 15 47'N x 150 4'W, course 325T, speed 5kts, under single reefed mains'l, stays'ls, jib and jib tops'l
  • Current Weather: wind NxE force 4, seas NNE 5' and large NW'ly swell
  • photo attached - Greg Boyd

    In the warm sun, cooled by the ocean breeze, one can sit and stare off to the horizon for hours. Beyond the rolling waves and small caps of white foam lay the edge of the horizon. Sometimes large white billowy clouds form and create familiar shapes or perhaps just a scattered and random formation. Below this there is all sorts of life happening. Brief spurts of schools of flying fish scatter from the boats edge, triggering the boobies to swoop down upon them. Sometimes the flying fish fair well and sometimes the boobies triumph. All of this life starts with the Phytoplankton, which get grazed on by Zooplankton, which get eaten by small Nekton, which are eaten by birds and larger fish, like the Wahoo (Ono). We eat the Wahoo!!!

    -Greg Boyd

Nov

01

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 14 35'N x 148 24'W, course 305T, speed 5kts, under storm trys'l, stays'ls, jib and tops'l on a starboard tack
  • Current Weather: wind ENE force 4, seas ENE 4'
  • It has been a memorable and eventful month aboard the ship, full of new experiences. We have had the unique opportunity to be Junior Watch Officers on deck and Junior Lab Officers in lab. We have all definitely challenged ourselves physically and mentally in ways we did not think were possible prior to this trip.

    On the science side of life at sea, we have been introduced to many methods of sampling the waters of our precious oceans. One of my favorite deployments is the Tucker Trawl. The Tucker Trawl is a three part net that is deployed on the hydro winch wire. By sending brass messengers down the wire, each net can be opened and closed at a different depth, allowing for a discrete sample in the middle net. In this photograph, foul weather gear-clad C watch students and our assistant and Chief Scientist prepare for a Tucker Trawl deployment during a windy, rainy night (science goes on no matter what!) It is an exciting moment because this special net was deployed only four times throughout the trip. It is an awesome feeling to send the brass messenger down the wire and feel for the moment the nets close and opens, 250 meters down.

    -Natalia Widulinski

Jan

31

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 13 47'N x 146 26'W, course 305T, speed 7kts under stays'ls and tops'l
  • Current Weather: wind ENE force 6, seas ENE 6'
  • It is Halloween on the Robert C Seamans! The vessel was brimming with festivities all afternoon and into the evening. From pumpkin carving to trick or treating to scaring the pants (well, all clothing items remained attached to their persons) off of the students with a fun and frightening haunted ship. Happy Halloween!

    Danielle H.

Oct

30

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 12 22'N x 144 30'W, course 325T, speed 5kts under single reefed mains'l, main stays'l, fore stays'l, jib and tops'l on a starboard tack
  • Current Weather: wind E force 4, seas E 6'
  • photo attached: pictured are crew members Colleen Allard, Dave Reynolds and Jay Amster

    From Friday night to Saturday morning Robert C. Seamans motored SE to help a distressed sailboat bound for Hilo, Hawaii. We answered a U. S. Coast Guard Inmarsat SAR distress message to aid the S/V Kehaulani, 890 miles Southeast of Hawaii. The 70 year old couple was short on fuel and one of their shrouds had failed. Chief Mate Colleen Allard, Chief Engineer Dave Reynolds and Second Mate Jay Amster spent the morning onboard Kehaulani supplying them with diesel fuel and repairing their rig. As we continue sailing NW to Hawaii tonight we have a visual of the Kehaulani sailing off our starboard bow.

Oct

29

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 12 58'N x 144 55'W, course 130T, speed 5kts under single reefed mains'l, mainstays'l, forestays'l, jib and jt
  • Current Weather: wind NExN force 4, seas NE 3'
  • photo attached- Lily Holland and Holly Taylor

    Even though we haul on lines and sweat buckets all day on deck, it's nice to rest our guns and take a few minutes to loosen up the rest of our body. Dawn stretches are a popular activity, with 4-minute planks being a crowd-pleaser. Here our two intrepid deckhands take a breather from wrestling the helm and banging out boat checks to work out some kinks. - Margaret Leahy

Oct

28

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 12 19'N x 143 37'W, course 310T, speed 6kts under single reefed mains'l, mainstays'l, forestays'l and jib
  • Current Weather: wind Force 4 ENE, seas 4' ENE, clear skies with beautiful stars
  • Chief mate Colleen Allard sits down with students to talk about anchoring. As with all things at sea, there are many ways to accomplish any one task. Learning about different ways to do things makes us better sailors, and here, Colleen is teaching about anchoring in general, and after talking about different types of anchors, she discussed some of the concepts we'll be focusing on once we get into the Hawaiian islands. -Jay Amster

Oct

27

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 11 13'N x 141 43'W, course 310T, speed 5kts under mains'l, mainstays'l, forestays'l and jib.
  • Current Weather: wind ENE Force 4, seas ENE 4', clear skies
  • Despite some cloudy days and squally nights, things seem to be clearing up as we sail back into the North Equatorial Current towards Hawaii. The skies are beginning to unfold sunrises and sunsets of magnificent colors that we hope will only improve over the last two weeks of our adventure. Today marks the last day of Phase Two and as a student, I think I speak for us all, when I say that it is daunting, yet exhilarating to think about running the deck. In Phase 3 the mates take a step back and let the students run the show. As a Junior Watch Officer ("J-WO"), we are in charge of making sure things get done and run smoothly and safely. I am sure we will all do great, but wish us luck anyway! -Hannah Heavenrich

Oct

26

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 10 2'N x 139 55'W,, course 320 speed 5 kts under storm stys'l, main stays'l and forestays'l
  • Current Weather: Wind Force 5 ENE, seas 6' ENE, overcast skies with squalls in the area
  • We're back in the ITCZ! Don't forget your foul weather gear. -- Peter Rippberger

Oct

25

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 8 16'N x 138 47'W, course 310T, speed 3kts under jib, mainstays'l, single reefed main, tops'l and course.
  • Current Weather: wind Force 2 SxE, seas heavy swells from NE and SW, confusion reigns.
  • A scrub down of the deck and "dawn clean up" below are part of the ship's daily routine. Although less rambunctious and musical than field day, deck washes can still be fun and are an important part of making sure the RCS stays squeaky clean. Armed with the firehose and a few deck brushes, B-watchers start off this sunny day with a scrub and rinse of the science deck. - Jenny Ray

Oct

24

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 6 49'N x 137 50'W, course 300T, speed 5kts under course, tops'l and raffee
  • Current Weather: wind SxE force 4, seas 3' SxE with a NE'ly swell, partly cloudy
  • Photo attached- student Lidia Habetsion uses a sextant and Tyler Montgomery marks the time.

    Taking afternoon sunlines using sextants is one of the ways we use celestial navigation to determine our position. This evening we had very good conditions for "star frenzy" (the time between when the stars first appear in the sky and the time when the horizon disappears). Several people were able to shoot stars, which will hopefully give us a star fix later tonight. Also, our course ordered has been changed. We have now officially, turned northwest and are heading towards Hawaii. -Lily Holland

Oct

23

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 5 19'N x 136 48'W, course 200T, speed 3kts under mains'l, main stays'l, fore stays'l, jib, JT and fisherman.
  • Current Weather: wind SE x S force 3, seas SE x S 3', overcast
  • One of the most frustrating times on the ship is when the wind and the direction you want to sail are out of sync. These are times when we have to motor in order to keep on schedule. But everything seems better when we are actually sailing. The crew feels less seasick, the Seamans is easier to steer, and all is well in our world (the small speck we encompass in the middle of the Pacific). Today after motoring for several days we finally hauled on those halyards and set our sails. Looking down from aloft you can see Maggie Alexander at the helm ready for possible rain in her foul weather gear and Randy Jones, our second assistant scientist, repairing our neuston net on the science deck. In other news, the students have been taking more responsibilities during watch by rotating as 'shadows' to the mates and scientists. The shadow keeps track of the tasks that need to get done during watch by delegating duties to the other watch members, calling setting and striking sails, and talking to the mates/scientists about how to see the 'big picture'. - Holly Taylor, Deckhand

Oct

22

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 6 9'N x 135 39'W, course 209T, speed 5 kts motoring at 1200 RPM
  • Current Weather: wind Force 3 SSE seas 4' SSE, overcast skies
  • photo attached. From left to right Steward Greg Moeller, Assistant Engineer Robinson Yost and Engineer Dave Reynolds.

    One of the most familiar sounds on board this ship at this time is the true belly laughter of our steward "Greg Bob". He gave me a moment of fame this morning as I breezed through the galley on my way up to watch. My glory came through flipping a golden brown crepe, free flying through the air sideways, and perfectly landing 97% of the crepe right back into that skillet. The galley team broke into applause and as I scurried up the ladder to check into my watch duties. Greg Bob's laughter was still making me smile as I finished up a walk around deck before the watch turnover.

    Just as wonderful is the story telling of our Chief Engineer, Dave Reynolds. His charm is easy to notice when his classic red, high top Converse Allstars enter the room. Without a doubt, at the end of a story by Dave you are reminded that situational awareness and attention to detail are integral to our shipboard life, but the presentation of these points is filled with animation and bellowing laughter. Our Assistant Engineer, Robinson Yost is the one who will chime in a fun, one liner in a mellow voice that will always brighten the day or get the other two rolling in hysterics. These three make the heart of the ship all the stronger. -Erin Bostrom

Oct

21

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: # 7 23'N x 135 9'W, course 209T, speed 6kts motoring at 1200 RPM
  • Current Weather: wind Force 2 SxE, seas 4' SxE, clearing skies
  • We recently caught some nudibranchs, or sea slugs, during a midnight net-tow on the surface of the Northern Equatorial Current. This particular individual, which measures about one and a half centimeters in length, belongs to the species Glaucus atlanticus, which is pelagic, meaning that it is native to the open ocean. Pelagic nudibranchs' distinctive tentacle-like projections are known as cerata. Though they are not particularly useful for swimming, they do serve at least one function: When a nudibranch eats a gelatinous organism possessing venomous tentacles, it can incorporate that venom into those cerata. - Alexander White

Oct

20

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 8 52'N x 134 52'W, course 210T, speed 5kts, motoring at 1200RPM
  • Current Weather: Wind Force 2 SSE, seas 5'SSE, clearing skies with light rain in the area.
  • photo attached-2nd mate Jay Amster teaches students Peter Rippberger, Maggie Schultz and Eric Salter.

    Here's proof that we really are in school right now. This is our classroom, with Jay teaching us about celestial navigation. It's pretty magical. We have class everyday out on deck, and even though the wind always tries to steal our papers, (and we've donated a binder clip or two to the sea) we refuse to give in and persist in trying to learn important stuff out here, in the middle of nowhere. It's a good place to be. -Maggie Schultz

Oct

19

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 10 23'N x 134 46'W, hove to under storm trys'l, mainstays'l and forestays'l for science station
  • Current Weather: Wind light Force 4 out of the east, seas 4' of out the east, overcast skies with several squalls in the area.
  • photo attached, foreground Maggie Alexander, middle Lidia Habetsion and background Natalia Widulinski.

    In addition to sailing and oceanographic sampling, we do spend time in the lab processing the data we collect. Here, a few students are titrating water samples to determine oxygen content, called "Winkling." As you can tell, we like to have fun while doing this. In order to Winkle, you must be wearing one of the "winkling Hats," as shown here. -Tyler

Oct

18

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 12 22'N x 133 49'W, course 190T, speed 7kts under single reefed mains'l, mainstays'l, forestays'l, jib and tops'l.
  • Current Weather: wind force 5 ENE, seas ExN 4', partly cloudy skies
  • Each day we take turns in the galley Slicing, and dicing, and no time to dally With Greg and Danielle Who make our food swell At meal times we all come to rally Today without help from the crew We swung round, double gybed and hove to Terry gave us command And watched from his stand As the watches called out what to do ~Annie Fisher

Oct

17

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 13 57'N x 132 58'W, course 200T, speed 6kts sailing on a port tack beam reach under storm trys'l, main stays'l, forestays'l and jib.
  • Current Weather: wind F5 ExS, seas 6-8' E'ly, squalls in the area
  • Crew members Jay and Greg bring aboard a Mahi Mahi, fresh seafood a popular treat amongst the ships company. During our swizzle party this afternoon we were treated to a fried mahi appetizer.

Oct

16

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 15 56'N x 131 44'W, course 201T, speed 7.5kts, sailing on a port tack under single reefed mains'l, main stays'l, forestays'l, jib and tops'l.
  • Current Weather: wind F5 ExN, seas 5' E'ly, clear starry night
  • Captain Terry Hayward teaching the class about precomputing the stars for celestial navigation. The skies have finally been clear at twilight and we have been able to get morning and evening star fixes on the chart.

Oct

15

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 18 11'N x 130 45'W, course 201T, speed 7kts, sailing on a beam reach port tack under single reefed mains'l, mainstays'l, forestays'l, jib and jib tops'l.
  • Current Weather: wind E force 5, seas E 5', partly cloudy skies
  • Along with all the excitement of science and sailing comes a little bit of work as well. Today marks the day of our first lab practical to make sure we were all paying attention in lab at two in the morning. Studying however can be a lot of fun. To help us learn the methods of winkling (Oxygen titration) our crew put together a little performance. Chuck narrated as various ions and reagents "socialized" to help us understand how much dissolved oxygen is in a given water sample. ~ Marina Van der Eb

Oct

14

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 19 45'N x 129 54'W, course 201T, speed 4kts, sailing under the jib, forestays'l, mainstays'l, storm trys'l and fisherman stays'l.
  • Current Weather: wind E x N force 4, seas 3', overcast skies
  • You may have been watching our daily position as we travel farther out to sea. We have logged more than a thousand nautical miles and in fact the closest land is over a thousand nautical miles away. Today was our first day aloft, the course yard 40 ft above deck! Before going aloft, we all had to learn every line, the location of every fire extinguisher, proper helm relief, responsibilities of a lookout, safe line handling, our knots, and our positions in any emergency. ~Maia Grodin

Oct

13

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 21 8'N x 129 5'W, course 202T, 7kts, motoring at 1150 RPM.
  • Current Weather: wind E Force 1, seas calm with large 10' from N, mostly cloudy.
  • Line chase was the big event of the day! Watches lined up and, one by one, received cards with a name of a line on them. Successfully getting the line checked off meant walking to and touching the correct line. Returning, the student tagged out the next watch member with the next card. The watch that completed the line chase the fastest was awarded an extra hour of sleep to coincide with our westerly advances into the next time zone. B Watch assembled on the bowsprit after the victory. Randy Jones 2nd Assistant Scientist

Oct

12

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: General Information: 23 32'N x 127 42'W, course 207T, 7kts, motoring at 1200 RPM.
  • Current Weather: wind light and variable from the north, northerly swell at 4'
  • Today at 1150, we deployed a neuston net in the Central Gyre, Latitude 23° 54.8' N Longitude 127° 27.9' W. We collected 69 pieces of plastic, 3 Halobates, this flying fish larvae and 5 ml of zooplankton. Renee Mackay

Oct

11

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 24 42'N x 127 5'W, course 202T, 4kts, sailing downwind under tops'l and course.
  • Current Weather: wind NExN Force 4, seas NExN 4', overcast skies
  • Watching dolphins swimming along Seamans made me realize that I am sailing, for real! - Lidia Habtetsion.

Oct

10

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: General Information: 26 19'N x 126 45'W, course 202T, 5kts sailing under mainstays'l and tops'l
  • Current Weather: wind force 5 NxE and seas 6-7' NxE
  • Sunday afternoon fresh Mahi sushi!

Oct

09

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 7 43'N x 125 56'W, 205T, 5-6kts sailing under course, tops'l and mainstays'l
  • Current Weather: Force 4 N, seas N x W 2-3', overcast skies
  • First field day today- a chance to clean all the corners of the ship and give back to Seamans as she is carrying us safely to Hawaii, plus the bonus of getting to listen to music and candy for snack! All the ship worked hard and we are now sparkling clean.

Oct

08

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 28 46'N X 125 14'W, 200T, 4kts, sailing under mainstays'l, course, tops'l, and raffee!
  • Current Weather: wind Force 3 NxW, overcast skies, calm seas
  • This is a photo of dawn. Something about the rigging combined with the colors of the rising sun makes it quite beautiful. I think this photo captures all the romantic feelings of all of us students here aboard the Seamans: The spray of the waves, the colors of the rising sun, the knotted lines and the blue sky. I hope this represents a snapshot of this world that we will be living in for the next 5 weeks. Enjoy - Alejandro Sandoval

Oct

07

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 30 40'N x 124 10'W, 200T, 8kts, motor sailing under main stays'l at 1200RPM
  • Current Weather: wind light and variable, swell NW 3', overcast skies
  • This is a fine photo of Chuck and crew launching some science equipment. The big metal thing is our hydrocast carousel. It's really heavy, so you know it's sophisticated. We launch the carousel every morning to get readings on the water column. Those big bottle-looking things are called niskin bottles, and they take water samples all the way down to 1000 meters. That's really deep. ~Eric Salter

Oct

06

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: 33 8'N X 122 35'W, 7kts, 200T, motoring at 1200RPM under mainstays'l
  • Current Weather: heavy NW swell, still no wind, overcast.
  • Today at 1600 we logged our 300th nautical mile! And we get right down to business; here's C watch practicing setting and striking (and setting, and striking, and setting, and striking) the jib. This entails working on the bowsprit; luckily, it's a lot of fun! Science in the morning, sail drill in the afternoon. what could be better? - Christy Short

Oct

05

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration

SSV Robert C. Seamans S231 - Ocean Exploration
  • Current Position: Motor sailing under mainstays'l at 1200 RPM, Course 255psc, 7kts, 20nm SW of San Miguel Island, CA
  • Current Weather: 6-8'WNW'ly swell with light F2 WxN wind
  • We're off! The great Pacific Ocean spreads her watery love over us on A watch as we attempt to stay upright at the helm and not succumb to the call of our lunches trying to have another go. Some have been more successful than others. Already we have had many grand adventures and have tried to stuff our brains with knowledge. It seems hard to believe that we've only been at sea for two days! - Maggie Alexander