SEA Currents: Apr 2014
April 08, 2014
Namaste! Followers of Robert C. Seamans’ blog,
Here we are anchored in Nuku Hiva after 1000 miles of sailing. As I am writing this blog entry, I am thinking about our first encounter with Captain Doug in Woods Hole when he asked us to imagine our third week at sea. Reflecting on those feelings of excitement, anxiousness and uncertainty after two weeks of sailing, I must say that this experience has surpassed my expectations in every possible way.
April 07, 2014
Ahoy! (Hi Mom, don’t worry I’m still alive)
Waking up after a satisfying two-hour night’s sleep was met with delight after realizing we had arrived at Nuku Hiva. Stepping out onto deck during sunrise to see the towering cliffs of the island disappearing into the clouds was an amazing way to start the day. Today would be an exciting day for the entire crew because we would be stepping foot on Nuku Hiva for the first time.
April 06, 2014
Today the mountainous outline of Nuku Hiva finally rose from the horizon to greet our waiting eyes. Late last night at the end of Dawn Watch, it was announced that we should officially be within a viewing distance of Nuku Hiva. Unfortunately, the island was in the direction of the rising sun, so our sight was limited until the sun was higher in the sky. But it was worth the wait!
After days of rolling swells and choppy whitecaps, any new shapes and sounds stand out brightly.
April 05, 2014
On the Robert C. Seamans we are living up the sea life! It’s very different from you landlubbers out there. Sleep is short, but very refreshing. I woke up at 0230 for my watch at 0300, Dawn Watch! This is my favorite watch time. Who guessed it? I’m turning into a morning person. Lily and I wake up at the same time since we are both on B Watch and live in Shellback Alley, aka The Turtles! We get dressed, grab our harnesses and catch a midnight snack.
April 04, 2014
Ahoy from the Robert C. Seamans!
It’s been just over 5 days since the last palm tree on Rangiroa faded from sight in an approaching squall and we’ve seen no land since. We’re now dancing over swells nearly 400 nautical miles as the albatross flies from Rangiroa and have over 200 nautical miles to go to Nuku Hiva! With distances measured in hundreds of miles and travel time measured in days, it’s so important for our little community aboard the Seamans to live and work cohesively together all of the time.
April 03, 2014
It seems everyone is settling deeper into the seafaring life aboard the Seamans. I have observed more and more people awake when they are not on watch. Perhaps because for the most part we have all gained our sea legs and are no longer exhausted from sea sickness and the new sleeping routine. Today, I got closer to accomplishing one of my lifetime goals of learning how to use the sextant. Many of us took advantage of the clear skies and used the sextants to ‘shoot some sun lines’, precompute our local apparent noon and then find our angle at that time to ultimately try to find our latitude.
April 02, 2014
After a sleep of kings night I am ready for today as we continue to sail to Nuku Hiva. Yesterday was a really fun day as a lot of us got pranked for April fools. A Watch had a morning watch (0700 to 1300) and as always we met on the quarter deck for watch turnover. Jay, our Watch Officer and Chief Mate, came on deck with a harness sized for a 7 year old boy and we all had a good laugh. In spite of the pranks, we had a really busy day since we wanted to shut off the engine and go back to sailing.
April 01, 2014
As we continue on toward Nuku Hiva, is has become clear that science stops for no man. Just about every 12 hours we stop the ship’s forward progress, a process known as heaving to, and deploy gear to collect everything from water samples at 400 meters depth to phytoplankton at the surface level. Although we are working together in small groups on our research, we all do our part to help prepare data for other projects. Our duties include working during our on-watch lab hours to deploy the carousel, the neuston net, and the meter net, as well as processing the results.