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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans


Apr

18

Day 1000 of having songs from Moana stuck in my head

Sammi Chaves, A Watch, Wheaton College, MA
SEA Semester

Squids watching the sunset (Kurt, Sarah, Turi, Liz, Jacquelyn, Talia, and me!) Photo Credit: Lauren Heinen - Steward

Ship's Log

Noon Position
35°54.9’S x 152° 22.3’W

Heading
C/O 000 psc Steering full and by at 030psc

Speed
@ ~1935 – 4.1 knots

Log
@ 1900 2200.6nm

Weather, Wind, Sea Plan from 1300 watch change
Sailing under 4 lowers with a deep reef in the Mains’l on a port tack. C/O 000 psc Steering full and by
at 030 psc. Wind NNW f 5. Seas N 5ft. Baro 1019.0. Visibility 8-10mi.

Souls on Board

What a busy couple of weeks we have had! This blog would be way too long if I attempted to cover everything so I’m JUST going to talk about yesterday!

Yesterday was finally my day to be assistant to the stewards! I spent a lot of my day in the galley helping prepare meals. Breakfast was savory muffins, smoothies, and grapefruit. Snack #1: Apples and PB and Nutella. Lunch was slow roasted pork, pesto pasta, and salad. Snack number #2 was baked brie but I didn’t get to help with that because it was during class time. Dinner was my favorite! We served Krabby Patties (Kelp Patties for the vegetarians), and fries! The food here, as I mentioned in my last post, is incredible! There was a lot of singing going on in the galley and main saloon yesterday. Lauren the head steward was teaching me a beautiful song about sailing that hopefully we will be able to sing together in the coming weeks.

After breakfast, I had a little break and I got to sit on the housetop and read a bit of a book I brought titled Hawaiki Rising by Sam Low. It’s about the sailing canoe, Hōkūle’a. While I was up on deck, I learned that there was another ship near us! As it approached closer to us, it became important to reach out to the ship so that we were on the same page about how we would pass one another safely. When our first mate Scott radioed out to them, there was some difficulty communicating with them as they said they did not speak English.

It turns out that a lot of the crew on this vessel spoke Chinese. Two of the students on this voyage speak Chinese which was a great help in allowing us to tell them to go ahead of us. It was impressive to watch Jacquelyn and Marcia help communicate with them. While Jacquelyn was talking with the ship, she learned that they are a fishing vessel that catches tuna. They said that they came from Fiji and that they were on day 10 of a two-year voyage! Spending two years out at sea is crazy to think about especially since I still have trouble grasping how long I thought our voyage was! There was talk about how this sort of encounter was a rarity, especially considering how far out on the ocean we are.

While beginning to prepare for dinner, Jay, our captain, suggested that we stop and go look at the sunset. It is certainly important to follow the captain’s orders and especially ones like this! The sunset was incredible. In the midst of all of our busy watch schedules, it has been really important to remember to take a few minutes and look around. This trip is going to come to an end faster than we think and I know I am really going to miss this view of the ocean.

I am grateful for the laughter that fills this ship every day. Like the ship needs the sails (and sometimes the engine) to move forward, I am a firm believer that we as a crew need laughter to keep moving as well.

Some highlights of the trip so far:

• Going aloft – Not as scary as I thought.
• Singing a song about Ctenophores to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody with Kurt for our creature feature.
• Sunrises and Sunsets.
• Spongebob references for days.
• Clear nights where we can see Jupiter, the Milky Way, and millions of stars and constellations like the Southern Cross. Saw a couple shooting stars last night!
• Endless rainbows! I have never seen so many in such a short amount of time!

Hello Family! Special shout out to the sibs! Mitchell, good luck making your pick! Our Chief engineer, Nate went to Maine Maritime and is now out here with us! Cool Stuff! Can’t wait to hear about your choice. Hope you get that cast off soon! Kendall, I know you’re working really hard and I hope you are finding some time for fun! Good luck this season, still struggling to decide who to root for when Emerson plays Wheaton (family first)! Please give the pups extra hugs from me! Missing them a lot! Happy Easter and very early birthday, Ella! I love you so much and hope it’s a great one! I wish you were out here. You would have so much to paint. Big hugs coming your way ASAP!

Hi Wheatones! I miss you all so much! Thank you for providing me with a long list of songs to sing out here. Sending lots of love from a little more than 26 miles across the sea!

This will be my last blog post for the trip! Back to reality in a few weeks!

- Sammi

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Ocean Exploration, • Topics: None • (2) Comments

Comments

Leave a note for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Cathy Rouse on April 23, 2017

I love reading everyone’s updates. What an exciting journey you are all on- an adventure like this puts life, & the world of humans, into perspective.


#2. Posted by Irene Andrews on April 24, 2017

Just want to tell Jaquelyne that I am so proud of her for participating in such tough journey, and for being able to help with her Chinese. 
Also my complement to this wonderful daily publication.  I feel lucky to be able to follow your sailing journey with you.
Jaquelyn’s Grand Mother


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