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May 03, 2019

Farewell Robert C. Seamens

Allyson Nestler, C Watch, Warren Wilson College

Well, it’s been a journey.  To top off the end of the trip we put together a “Swizzle” which is a sailors party.not what you all are probably thinking.

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May 02, 2019

An (Almost) Ending

Ginny Svec, A Watch, Smith College

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Today was our last day at sea before we arrive in Papeete, Tahiti tomorrow morning. This morning, A Watch had morning watch where we saw Moorea and Tahiti off the port bow!

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May 01, 2019

Heimoa Take Two/To Sea Once More

Hannah Moench, Sailing Intern

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The time is 5:05, the wind is a brisk and warm call to sea, and a directly windward challenge to make it to Papaeete! We will be fighting a headwind for our miles today. I’m writing my blog early in anticipation of tossing some cookies to Neptune, but also looking forward to filling our sails and gettingunderway.


April 30, 2019

The Local Scene

Steve Kielar, 2nd Scientist

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Woke up, poured a cup of coffee to the creak, creak. tap, tap.ruuuuuuub, of the oversized black rubber fender rubbing a nice mustache mark on our starboard side. As I went outside to the quarterdeck to check out the sunrise, I was greeted with rain coming sideways under the awning usually assigned to blocking the tropical sun.


April 29, 2019

Celebrating Land

Adrienne Tracy, A Watch, Colby College

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Today was the day many of us had been looking forward to since the first bouts of seasickness hit. We came into port and were able to go ashore. Now I don’t want to sound like I didn’t enjoy my time at sea. It was incredible and coming to land is a bitter sweet end to our voyage, but the sweetest part that we’ve all been missing is a particular creamy cold dessert.


April 27, 2019

Clueless at Sea

Oleta Corry, B Watch

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Greetings from one of the Voyagers aboard the Robert C Seamans.

We are very close to Ra’iatea and solid land now.  Don’t know if I can walk on land. Most of the time I cannot walk very well on the ship either, at least not in a straight line.  I am lucky enough to be what is called a Voyager on this adventure, so I get to look at this experience from a different angle. But from my observations all appears to be going very well.


April 26, 2019

Pina Coladas and 12 Foot Swells

Cecily Tye, B Watch, University of California at Berkeley


April 24, 2019

Wake-ups

Alice Della Penna, Visiting Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington

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I hate waking up. It doesn’t matter how hard and long my day is, I always feel that the most difficult moment of any day is when I have to open my eyes and get out of my bed. I really like sleeping and I dread any alarm sound. I am therefore very happy that on our ship I don’t have to hear one every day.


April 23, 2019

Propellers, hats and visitors

Mecky Kuijpers, A-Watch, Oberlin College

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Today was an exciting day aboard the Seamans. We had an all-hands class when the engineers taught us how engines and propellers work, we set a sail for the first time on this trip, and we had a surprise visitor!


April 22, 2019

JWO and birthdays

Camille Ros, C Watch, Colby College

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We have entered Junior Watch Officer (JWO) phase, meaning that we get a chance to essentially take on the role of a mate for a watch.  It has been really exciting to see how much we now know about the boat, as well as all the stuff we still have to learn.


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