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SEA Currents: The Global Ocean: New Zealand

November 18, 2014

So long, Auckland!

Heather Piekarz, A Watch, Hamilton College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

After much anticipation, today we finally set sail from Auckland! The day started early, with an 0500 wake up to get going by 0600. Once we motored away from the dock, it was all hands on deck to raise a few sails and make use of this perfect sailing weather. The crew wasn’t kidding when they said the learning curve on board was steep. With all of our practice in port and doing it for real this morning, most everyone has gotten the hang of setting and striking sails. Now we just have to remember which one is which!

November 17, 2014

Departure day!... Or not.

Karissa Vincent, B Watch, Wheaton College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Today was an interesting and unexpected day for all of us here on the Robert C. Seamans. All completed the second half of our night watch orientations (so doing boat checks, weather observations, learning lab techniques). But,
we also got our first signoffs on the checklist of critical skills - for the Watch Quarter Station Bill. This was a check to see if we know the emergency response activities for not only ourselves but also other crew members. It was a test to see how well we’ve been paying attention for the last couple days. We all passed, so we all got our first initials on the checklist! Woot!

November 16, 2014

A Lota Gelata

Ali Johnson, A Watch, Stonehill College

Today was filled with information overload and lots of sunshine! We woke to another fantastic breakfast by Vickie and quickly moved into more ship orientation. I know the past two blog entries have already noted how delicious the food is here, but I feel the need to reiterate it. Sorry Mom, you may have competition but at least you don’t have to worry about me getting enough to eat! Anyways, ship orientation was a blast today! While being tied to the dock, we learned how to set and strike the jib, one of the most forward sails. It attracted quite a collection of spectators whenever it went up. I think we’re all beginning to feel a little bit like zoo animals here on the Seamans.

November 15, 2014

What are we doing?

Kate Hruby & Devon Tibbils, C Watch, University of New England | Paul Smith's College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Seeing the boat for the first time brought together everything we had been working on for the last six weeks. Suddenly, it was real. We met on the dock and had a mini reunion with our fellow students; it was as if we hadn’t seen each other in months, not just a few days. But then it was time to get down, salty, dirty, tough and exhausted.

Ship orientation had begun.

November 14, 2014

Greetings from Auckland, New Zealand!

Deb Goodwin / Rick Miller, Chief Scientist / Captain

All members of SEA Semester: Global Ocean, class S256, have arrived in good health at the Robert C. Seamans. Their afternoon included meeting the ship’s professional crew, learning to maneuver around the vessel’s many spaces and ladders, practicing line handling, and becoming familiar with critical safety procedures onboard.

November 12, 2014

The Global Ocean: New Zealand, Fall 2014


The students of The Global Ocean: New Zealand will board the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland by November 14th (or November 13th, depending on your timezone). Their voyage will end around December 23rd, in Wellington, New Zealand.

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