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Current position of the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers.

SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans


Aug

06

Counting Down

Ian Kasaitis, A Watch, McDaniel College
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Setting the jib with C Watch

Ship's Log

Current Position
8°29.355’S x 171°14.467’W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
110° PSC (per ship’s compass), 6 knots

Sail Plan
Motor-sailing under the four lowers with a single reef in the mains’l

Weather
Winds from the east-southeast, 15 - 20 knots

Souls on Board

The countdown has already begun: “Five days,” everyone says. Still, reality has not yet set in that we will go our separate ways. Even with this realization, everyone is still upbeat: I hear the laughter when I wake up, I see the smiles at the lunch table, I feel the love of my watch, and I see everyone hard set on getting work done.

Today, I talked with one of my fellow shipmates, Devin, about plans in America Samoa. It appears that most of the ship’s company will be together until we individually depart in Hawaii. After thinking about the fun we will all have in Pago Pago and Hawaii, she later helped me prepare for my JLO (Junior Lab Officer) position by making a “to do list” for the hydrocast, which is a piece of oceanographic equipment used to sample seawater from various depths. We were going through it together, but before we knew it we heard Calvin yell “Hands to set the jib!” with a huge smile on his face as he walked forward on our ship. A Watch was not on duty at the time, but I saw all of C Watch go forward and assume their respective positions. I was about to help haul on the jib halyard with Kyle, but we needed one more hand on the starboard jib sheet. I made the sheet ready and prepared to set the sail. While tending the sheet I thought, “Why am I always helping C Watch set sails? I am not even on this watch!” I then realized that it is my favorite thing about this whole experience; there is nothing better than setting a sail with your fellow shipmates.

After coiling and hanging the jib sheet, I heard the dinner bell. It was a reminder that the countdown is still going. There are only so many more days until we furl the sails one last time. There are only so many more days of waking up to laughter, seeing the smiles at the tables, and feeling the love of my shipmates. Still, I find solace in knowing that this is a great group, a group that has so many stories to tell. We have experienced a lot on this trip and have truly become one cohesive group. We have promised to stay in touch so that we can continue learning and growing together after this voyage. We have also promised to learn from these experiences at sea to better those around us when we get home.

See everyone soon.

- Ian

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Protecting the Phoenix Islands, • Topics: s274  life at sea  sailing  study abroad • (0) Comments
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