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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.


April 20, 2019

An Unexpected Community

Claire Mayorga, Watch A, University of Texas at Austin

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What can I say except life is good on the Robert C. Seamans. Yesterday during our watch we hit 2000 nautical miles, we experienced the best sailing onboard yet-beating the trip record for distance sailed during a single watch with 35 nautical miles in 6 hours, and it was a full moon. I think A-Watch has finally relaxed from the mainstays’l tear and main boom snapping, both on our watch, literally.


April 19, 2019

First Night of Passover

Sophie Vallas, C-Watch, Sailing Intern

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Happy Passover! Tonight is the first night of Passover.  In my family that would mean that either my parents, sister, and I would be getting ready to go to my aunt and uncle’s for seder, or my mother would be cooking all day and we would be getting ready to have everyone at our house for seder.


April 17, 2019

“Hutch it”

Erin Houlihan, 3rd Assistant Scientist

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“Hutch it.”

This is one of my favorite phrases to hear from our steward, Sabrina. On the ship, we get 6 meals a day (3 meals + 3 snacks) and we eat when we are told to eat. This is with the exception of THE hutch. The hutch lives in the main saloon and is an area of great revere. Leftover food can get “hutched” and then becomes fair game-free to be eaten at any time and in any number.


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