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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
We Are Alone
9° 05.6’ S x 170° 02.6’ W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
355° PSC (per ship’s compass) at 5 knots
Sailing under single reefed main, mainstays’l, forestays’l, and jib
Clear with scattered cumulus clouds and 32 degrees Celsius. Winds generally eastward and between 15 and 20 knots.
We have now sailed for more than 24 hours under sail and wind alone, without the engine which, as one of my shipmates rejoiced means no more half-hour engine checks; we were even able to set the tops’l for a time. More sails will have to wait for a change in course or wind, no matter how eagerly we await more sails.
Sailing may mean fewer engine room checks, but our work has increased: between trimming sails and starting revisions for our papers from shore, we are settling into a routine with little time to spare.
While the Seamans bustles with activity at all times, the ocean around us is but sparsely populated—two vessels, two birds, and less than a liter of zooplankton compose the sum total of life we’ve seen since leaving the harbor of Pago Pago on Monday afternoon.
Truly, we are alone, in the most wondrous way, beneath the clear Milky Way and brilliant stars of night and the azure, cloud-dotted skies of day. You can almost imagine that we have slipped into a world without anyone else, here between the bluest seas and bluest skies of the tropical South Pacific.
Here, when we stand still for a moment, it almost seems that we could feel the awe of the earliest voyagers of these swells.