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SSV Robert C. Seamans Blog

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Date: December 30, 2012
Ship Position: 16 ˚34.2 S, 150˚52.4 W
Heading: 303˚ True
Speed: 2.2 kts
Weather:  Light clouds (2/8 cover), low winds (Beaufort Force 1), Sunny and warm (29˚C)
Image caption: Trevor filleting fresh mahi-mahi

Greetings from the South Pacific!

The Wharton team joined the Robert C. Seamans on Friday afternoon, and we have quickly been getting acclimated to life at sea. We pulled out of Tahiti and made the short trip to anchor in Oponohu Bay off the island of Moorea. The slow pace at anchor gave us a chance to try out our sea legs, as well as start getting a feel for the lines (known as ropes on land) around the ship. We practiced hauling sails, and the drills we would need in case of emergency – man overboard, fire or flood, or having to abandon ship. Our time at anchor ended with a swim call in the Bay, and then the training wheels were off, and so were we!

Our first 24 hours of sailing have started to show the challenges, as well as the fun, of being on the move. A few stomachs have had to pay homage to the sea gods over the sides of the boat, and whenever calls are made to set or strike sails, so as to stop or change direction, we realize how little we know about which lines on the boat do what. But we have gotten to eat delicious fresh fish, caught right off the side of the ship (Thanks Trevor and Abby!!), and have gotten a taste of what it’s like to stand under the stars, with nothing else on the horizon but miles and miles of rolling waves.

We are still figuring out our roles and duties, and strengthening our sea legs and line-hauling muscles, but we are excited about what the rest of the week will bring. Until our next update, I leave you with a few lessons from the sea:
1)    Do not jump on the boat. The boat will not be in the same place when you land.
2)    The tables are not slanted. They are straight, and you and the boat are rocking around them. If you attempt to straighten the tables, the food will all fall off.
3)    No matter how good of a lookout you think you are, your mate is better. By the time you report something to him, he’s already seen it, figured it out, and thinking about what’s next.
4)    Abby and Trevor are amazing cooks.
5)    Re: the bathroom – “real sailors sit”.


P.S.- Familia, I know you have been waiting for updates- thanks for checking  Happy New Year! Love you and see you soon