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February 20, 2014

S251 Weblog 20 February 2014

Cole Trager, C Watch, Hamilton College


After our first full day in Tahuata, we were able to visit the town of Vaitahu to experience the island’s rich local culture for ourselves last night. The locals had prepared a massive feast for us, including poisson cru, coconut bread, goat meat, and a variety of other Marquesan specialties. We also had the privilege of watching some school children from the town perform traditional cultural songs and dances and were even able to learn a couple of our own. For me, this was by the far the most immersive connection we have had the opportunity to make with another community and I will continue to cherish this meaningful experience in the future.

February 19, 2014

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Evan Ridley, A Watch, University of Rhode Island


On the night of the 18th, the Robert C. Seamans motored quietly into Vaitahu Bay besides the main village on the island of Tahuata.  Amid the inky darkness we could faintly see the outline of mountainous peaks looming above us.  The light of the next morning gave way to our sight of the landscape, rising well over 1,000 meters in some places with scatterings of palm trees, sandalwood and foraging goats.  With this new day we were greeted with a very hectic yet very exciting schedule. 

February 18, 2014

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Charlotte Bloom, A watch, Union College


What an amazing few days in Nuku Hiva! Yesterday, we invited twenty local high school students aboard the Robert C. Seamans for a day sail, and it was a blast! We headed out of Taiohae Bay and quickly set the tops’l, and the stays’ls. This was a first for all of us, as we had yet to see the tops’l set. When hauling on the lines, we need all the help that we can get, and the Marquesan guys were a huge help!

February 17, 2014

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Margaret Giese, B Watch, Macalester College


Nuka Hiva is a place laden with history. Yesterday we got a glimpse of its history, as well as some of the natural marvels of the landscape, as we RV’ed around the island traveling to 4 different valleys—Taiohae, Taipivai, Hatiheu and Houmi—viewing the island from car windows with the occasional photo or historical pit stop along the way.  Many of us were more than happy to spend some time sitting down after the hike we went on the day before.  We happen to be in Nuka Hiva during its wet season so everything is especially green and the rivers especially full.

February 16, 2014

S251 Weblog 16 February 2014

Sarah Herard, Chief Mate, SEA Alum C-197


I’m Sarah, the Chief Mate of the Robert C. Seamans. Today I had an awesome day on the ship. We are at anchor in Nuku Hiva, a beautiful, green, volcanic island in the Marquesas. Our anchorage is in a protected bay with mountains towering high on three sides. We are about a mile in from the mouth of the bay, and there are smaller cruising sailboats anchored between us and the public dock.

February 15, 2014

S251 Weblog 15 February 2014

Levi Shaw-Faber, B Watch, Bard College 2015


Today on a remote Polynesian island called Nuka Hiva, I got married. In a traditional Marquesan service, my hair and the hair of my current wife, Zoe Walpuck (Denison 2015), were woven together and bathed with soothing scented oils.  Zoe, after realizing what she had just done, quickly annulled the marriage so I guess I cannot call her my “current” wife any more. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

It all started when the Robert C. Seamans pulled up, literally out of the blue, to a tall and dark island.

February 14, 2014

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Shoshana Moriarty, B Watch, University of Massachusetts Amherst


It may not feel like February here in the tropics, but students and crew awoke this morning eager to celebrate Valentines Day the Bobby C way. Earlier in the week we randomly chose Valentines-Secret Santa style-to make cards, poems, or gifts for. With the help of the craft drawer in the main salon where we eat meals, students and crew made everything from funny poems and sweet letters to a handmade bracelet. In such close quarters, it was hard to keep a secret, but everyone had fun discovering personalized valentines in their bunks this afternoon.

February 13, 2014

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Taylor Hogan, B Watch, Northeastern University


Its 0851, and Ive already been awake for many more hours than I would be if I were still a landlubber. I collapsed into my bunk last night after mid watch (from 2300 to 0300), and spent about three seconds lying awake before the rocking of the ship and the exhaustion of a day of sailing tossed me into dreamland. And oh, did the ship rock! Yesterday afternoon we turned on the main engine to motorsail closer to the wind, which is coming from the direction we need to go needless to say, thats not exactly ideal for sailing.

February 12, 2014

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Melissa Paddock, B watch, Assistant Scientist


After spending a full three days underway, it appears that many aboard are starting to get their sea-legs as well as, for some, lose the light green pallor in their skin.  The wind is picking up, and as you can read from the
previous blogs, we’re getting more and more comfortable setting sails, especially the four lowers.  It’s beginning to appear as though we’re taking some semblance of sailors!

Aside from sail handling, one of the most important aspects of sailing is also learning the lines of the sails!

February 11, 2014

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Charlotte Bloom, A Watch


After being underway for two and a half days, and sailing for a good amount of time, we are gaining more and more knowledge on sail handling. Words like “make fast the jib sheet” and “that’s well” seem a lot less intimidating. “Making fast” a line means to fasten it to a pin in a specific way. “That’‘s well” means a line has been adjusted just perfectly, and to stop what you’‘re doing to the line. There really could be a whole dictionary made of sailing terms, those are just two of them! Coiling lines clockwise and walking on the windward side are quickly becoming second nature. And trust me that was not the case a week ago. If one thing is true, sailing has a huge learning curve.

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