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October 3: Day 1
It's 0600 and the Plastics at SEA 2012 sailors are slowly and groggily beginning to rise from their slumber to make their way into the main salon for first seating of breakfast. No need to bring alarm clocks on this ship, one of the people on watch will come to your bunk and give you a friendly morning wake up. Memory-releasing smells emanate into the room as breakfast fills everyone up.
Today we had introductions to various ship's systems including engineering, galley, proper boat check procedures, and learning how to deploy science equipment. Still alongside the dock, we made the most of this extra time as we familiarized ourselves with the ship's emergency training procedures. The crew performed a man-overboard drill, where we practiced deploying the rescue boat, followed by an abandon-ship walkthrough. This time, we took turns donning immersion suits (affectionately known amongst sailors as "Gumby suits" or "lobster suits") and learning the locations of our emergency food canisters, spare fresh water, and waterproof flashlights. Scary stuff, but it's important to know. We also studied lines and learned the proper techniques for hand-over-hand handling. These drills took up the majority of the day so we were a bit tired.
At 1800, dinner is being served to watches A and C, while B-Watch has the deck. Captain Jason has announced that our departure is being postponed due to delays and difficulties with the ship's internet broadband. Because we want to reach the public via the web during our cruise , we will leave in the morning after a full night's sleep. The rest is very welcomed even though we're all eager to get to sailing as soon as possible. We're all looking forward to casting off and moving towards Hawaii and finally beginning this journey.