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November 25, 2018

Land Ho!

Tom Davies, A-Watch, Reed College


Today we got to loudly proclaim the super sailor-y words ‘land ho!’ as we spotted Raoul off our starboard bow. Raoul marks our turning point for the two-week trek to Napier via the Kermadecs and possibly the only time we’ll see land during that time. The feelings on board can only be described as mixed.

Lindsay Fox, A-Watch, Sewanee: The University of the South


I am writing this blog post right after dawn watch from 0100-0700. As many of my shipmates have already written, our lives are basically just eat, sleep, stand watch. Yesterday one of our professors told us that pretty soon we will get into a rhythm and we should find time to fit in school work when we are feeling good.

Sal (Sarah) Cosmedy, A Watch, Mount Holyoke College


Today we are sailing happily out towards the Kermadecs. Out on the open ocean with no land in sight, we are experiencing something that most people can hardly even imagine. This fact is not lost on me, nor on my shipmates, and as we cruise ever farther from the North Island of New Zealand and towards the Kermadec islands, we live in awe of the incredible ocean-scape that surrounds us.

Camryn McCarthy, Kate Spencer, Elena Beckhaus, B Watch, Smith College, Syracuse University, University of San Diego


It was a pleasant Saturday morning when we sailed past the Hole in the Rock and into the Bay of Islands, just north of Auckland. The scenery all around us was stunning and we encountered lots of boat traffic, consisting mainly of sailboats. We then anchored just off of Russell, a cute little town tucked away between the rolling hills of the Northland.

November 22, 2018

Gales, Gratitude, and Gravy

Olivia Vasquez, C-watch, Oberlin College


Hello readers! Happy Thanksgiving!

We aboard the Robert C. Seamans have been preparing for the holiday, some of us helping to bake pies or hang decorations in the main salon (dining area), or even reminiscing about traditions of football and day-after leftovers. In anticipation of this blog post, I have been thinking a lot about the idea of gratitude, especially in the context of this program.

November 21, 2018

Live. Love. Lab.

Maddy Oerth, C-watch, Eckerd College


Today was our first full day sailing the open ocean towards the Kermadec Islands. It was also my third time having lab duty during my watch. Lab duty is by far my favorite part of being on watch. I have always loved hands-on learning especially when it comes to science.

November 19, 2018

Weighing Anchor

Sarah Stratton Patulak, C – Watch, University of Connecticut Avery Point


Today’s the day; S-283 and crew weigh anchor and leave Russell and the Bay of Island behind and begin our transit out to the Kermadecs. The ships company woke to a beautiful morning at anchor in Russell, NZ. Sabrina, our amazing steward, prepared a delicious breakfast for us all before a 0830 muster on the quarter deck.

November 18, 2018

Moments to Breathe

Matt Bihrle, C Watch, Whitman College


Today marks the beginning of Week Two of our voyage, and our last day on land before a long stretch of sailing around the Kermadec Islands. It is hard to wrap my head around the fact that only a week ago my jetlagged self boarded the Robert C. Seamans.

Lindsay Fox, Sal Cosmedy, Mia Sigler, A Watch, Sewanee: The University of the South, Mount Holyoke College


The S-283 Conservation and Management class completes a Human Use Census at each port that the ship visits. The goal of this is to catalogue the way humans are interacting with and controlling the use of the harbors we visit. With enough data over time, we will be able to track the changes in the use of each harbor, both visually and quantitatively.

November 16, 2018

Going aloft

Jennifer Crandall, B-Watch, Middlebury College


The day started at 1300 for B-watch. Jenn and Kate would work with Farley in lab, Camryn would assist Sabrina in the Galley, and Sophia and Elena would stay on deck to partake in routine boat checks, navigation, and more. Having anchored early in the afternoon at Russell Island in the Bay of Islands, the warm spring sun and clear blue skies eagerly invited all members of the crew on deck to enjoy the weather, free time, and the smooth stability of the Robert C Seamans.

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