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March 07, 2019

ABCs of the Robert C Seamans: Apple Crisp, Bioluminescence, and Companionship

Anika Thomas-Toth, C Watch, Carleton College


“Glowing dolphins!” was how I started my day. A little after 0000 I woke up to Fin murmuring to those awake that dolphins were lit up by bioluminescence in the water off the starboard bow. For this rare opportunity I slid out of bed 30 minutes early, pattered up on deck, and draped myself over the rail where I hung staring at the water, dazzled in amazement.

March 06, 2019

On The Road Again

Mackenzie Korpi, B Watch, Carleton College


When the wakeup call came for all hands breakfast at 0610 this morning I was already awake having just stood the 0500-0600 port watch. This would be the last time any of us would be standing hourly port watches in Napier as the primary thing on our agenda today was to sail out of Napier and start our revised track to Wellington.

March 05, 2019

Last Day in Napier

Jack Porterfield, B Watch, University of Vermont


Today was the last full day of our impromptu stop in Napier. A few days ago, we looked forward to today being the end of our longest segment at sea, as the original plan had us arriving in Wellington today. Instead, we have spent the last three days enjoying Napier, a mid-size beach town in Hawke’s Bay.

March 04, 2019

Boppin’ around Napier

Anna Byczynski, C Watch, University of Rhode Island


We woke up bright and early to two new views: a sea lion, and the Ovation of the Seas! Here we were, dwarfed in comparison to this massive cruise ship. It was quite the sight in this industrial logging port.

March 01, 2019

Half-Way There

Brooke Baldassare, B-Watch, University of San Diego


Today, B-watch took the deck at 1300 after most of us slept in until lunchtime due to our long evening watch the previous night. Morale was a bit low, as the rough seas we have been facing have taken a toll on both our bodies and our original plan for out course track. Our morning was spent preparing for the notorious pin rail race that would be happening during class time at 1430.

February 28, 2019

Every cloud has a silver lining

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.

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