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SEA Currents: Oct 2018

October 24, 2018

The Beginning of the End

Dietrich Klug, C-Watch, Sewanee: University of the South


Today is our third day of the long haul to our final destination of New Zealand. The day started off as any normal day C-Watch had the deck at 0100 to 0700 switching positions of lookout, the helm, boat checks and science processing.

October 23, 2018

The Calm After the Storm

Isabella Andersson, B-Watch, Hawaii Pacific University


Hi all friends and family of the crew on C-282!

I know it has been few days since our last blog post, but we have been experiencing some Gale force conditions and almost all our energy went to trying to stay vertical and keeping the seasickness away.

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October 23, 2018

ABC’s of the Robert C. Seamans

Lizzy Hinman, A Watch, Grinnell College


Hello to all you land folks out there! Thinking that there would be little to talk about since we have already settled into the routine of being underway, I had prepared a fun vocabulary list of sorts to help you understand some of the important aspects of living on the Seamans. Well, I was wrong - there is never a dull day on the Mama Seamans, and there is plenty to talk about regarding these past 24 hours. So, as a compromise, I’ll give you a quick rundown of our day before I go into the ABC’s of the Robert C. Seamans.

October 22, 2018

Suva & Drua

Mariah Reinke, A Watch, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Greetings, once again, from the good ship lollipop!

Ah the misery of forgetting to save your blog posts… technology working against me once again.

October 19, 2018


Charlotte Lynch, Sailing Intern


Our first glimpse of Fiji and a feeling of excitement is in the air. Last night my watch, C watch, stood night watch (1900-0100) and I spent a good amount of time on lookout looking at the city lights in the distance, a new sight compared to our regularly scheduled view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

October 18, 2018

Force 8: Gale

Steven Maré, B Watch, Cornell University


Wednesday’s sporty weather had turned sportier by Thursday, and B Watch enjoyed gale conditions with enormous swell throughout the duration of morning watch (0100-0700). That’s a Force 8 on the Beaufort Wind Scale, with wave heights of 18-25ft in fully developed seas.

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October 18, 2018

Countdown to Suva

Merlin Clark-Mahoney, Assistant Engineer


Field Day! Today was long and productive. I work as assistant engineer, and on Thursday our regular preventative maintenance routine is to exercise fifty or so valves, and lubricate ventilation dampers. It is not generally the favorite chore. This morning it was made easier with the excellent help of Olivia, one of the sailing interns. Valve day ended up only taking all morning, which is pretty good, considering.

October 17, 2018

And We’re Off!

Nino Tomas, C-Watch, Middlebury College


Hi everyone!  Today marks our first full day on the open ocean!  After leaving the anchorage at the mouth of the Sakonnet River yesterday, we sailed a course of 170 degrees through the night on favorable western winds, making quick progress along our cruise track.

October 17, 2018

Back in the Swing of Things

Haley Ferrer, C Watch, University of Vermont


What a day on the Robert C. Seamans! After many days spent altering between the states of standing by, motoring, and being hove to, today was one of the first full days of sailing that the ship has had in a while. While the time that we spent exploring Tonga and maneuvering around the brand new island has been nothing short of incredible, I have missed the sight of full sails and the feeling of being back in a steady routine.

October 16, 2018

Near-Gale Excitement

Emily Settlecowski, University of Denver


Our second day underway to Fiji from Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai has been an exciting one weather wise. Long gone are the days of motor sailing under the stays’ls on smooth, glass-like waters. Last night on evening watch, 1900-0100, the wind was blowing force 5 and force 6 with gusts at 7.

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