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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

Nathaniel Gordon, C-Watch, University of Washington


Today, our clouds looked like they would have a silver lining. C watch took the deck from B watch at 0700 to a beautiful sunrise and calm conditions. It was a picturesque morning. The sun rose over a cloudless horizon, bathing the boat in golden rays for almost an hour.

February 27, 2019


Sarah Farris, B-Watch, UNC-Chapel Hill


Ahoy from the Robert C. Seamans! We have now been in our new watch rotations for a whole 24 hours! Six hours of watch sounds more tedious than it actually is, which has been a nice surprise (so far, I’ve only had two watches).

February 26, 2019

Thoughts from Lookout

Luke Kellett, B watch, Allegheny College


We spent a pleasant morning catching up on sleep and academic work while anchored about three-quarters of a mile off the beach, outside of Tauranga Harbor.

February 25, 2019

VolcaNO Place I’d Rather Be

Hannah Gottesman, C Watch, Cornell University


According to my watch, it’s Monday, so I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Sunday on the Robert C. Seamans was spent sailing around Whakaari, an active volcano.  That morning, having slept through breakfast after midwatch, I woke up to the sight of Whakaari framed by my bunk’s porthole.

February 22, 2019

Field Day Fun

Jaclyn Hodgson, B Watch, Whitman College


Today marks day two of our passage to Wellington. Despite the watch officer transition yesterday, things have been running smoothly and everyone is happily settling into life offshore once again.

February 21, 2019

Can Ya Gybe with it?

Lily Newman, A Watch, College of Charleston


Today was day one of our 12-day sail from Russell down to Wellington.  The near future is both exciting and daunting as we will not set foot on land for the next two weeks or so.  With that being said, everyone is settling back into the groove of being on a watch schedule and adjusting well to life at sea after being anchored for two nights.

February 20, 2019

Exploring the Bay of Islands

Kevin Johnson, C Watch, College of the Holy Cross


Finally having a full day in port after a long week of learning the ropes (pun), the crew was ready to fill our one full day in the Bay of Islands with as much as we could before setting off on the long journey to Wellington. The day was to be separated into three main activities; a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, “research time,” and dinner back aboard the Robert C. Seamans with important guests that were friends of Professor Jeff Wescott.

February 19, 2019

Land Ho!

Caleb Rosen, A Watch, Carleton College


Today marks a week on the boat and the first port stop! As of this morning everyone has fully adjusted thanks to the amazing crew and a finely tuned combination of acclimation and the occasional medication.

February 18, 2019

Present and In Awe

Nichole Padovano, C Watch, Boston University


Day four of sailing, and we’re already accustomed to life at sea! It took a few days for a couple of us to gain our sea legs, myself included. Some waves are bigger than others, and I definitely could feel the bigger waves. But now, the gentle rocking, the unbalanced moments, and everything else the Pacific has to offer us, can now be fully embraced.

February 15, 2019


Ruby Dener, A Watch, Cornell University


A 21st birthday celebration on land is deceivingly similar to that underway. Full of well wishes, tasty cakes, reflection, and likely some vomiting. I began my morning with a watch shift, where we made sure the boat was safe and secure and that all was well as the sun rose.

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