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October 2: On the dock
And (drum roll please)... our expedition is finally here!
All of the ship's company has arrived (38 total!) and we are geared up and ready to set sail. This was not without a lot of effort and help. The last several days have been chaotic but successful in getting Robert C. Seamans ready to sail for our 37-day Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition 2012. We have a very rigorous program planned for this expedition including science and outreach, so it will be action packed and full of discovery.
Our participants on board are a very unique group that were carefully selected for each of their impressive talents and unrelenting passion for sailing. They have put their own personal lives on hold and travelled from around the world to join the ship today and volunteer their time. We all will become a sailing family over the next several weeks, making sure that safety is first. I can speak for all about the moment that remains etched in your mind forever: when you first round the corner and lay eyes on the ship.
Most of the day was spent unpacking gear and setting up bunk space, as well as learning about the ship and how she runs. Each participant was assigned to a watch—A, B, or C—teams that rotate through deck operations, including navigation and sail handling, or deploying science equipment and processing samples. We excitedly ended the night "ship shopping" where we all had an opportunity to choose from generously donated Patagonia gear, MO BIO t-shirts, and Elemental Herbs sun protection. We are now outfitted for success!