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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

November 01, 2014

B-Watch Blurbs

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B watch. Clockwise (left to right): Rocky, Ray, Lauren S, Kristen, Julia, Val, Colin, Katherine (mid-sentence), Monica

Ship's Log

Current Position
28° 56.1’S x 174° 39.2’E

Course and Speed
185°, 3kts

Sail Plan
Four lowers

Weather
Cloudy and chilly

B Watch Blurbs:

Ray:
What is a favorite moment of the Fiji to New Zealand leg?
People liked my banana bread!  (Coconut milk instead of regular milk, and added semi-sweet chocolate chips and coconut flakes)
What do you do/think about on bow watch?
Sing, think about life and home.
What is a memorable shipboard aroma?
Wayne’s World – hardware locker, smells strongly of musty laundry.
What will you do differently when you go home?
Cook more; be more confident.

Katherine:
What is a favorite moment of the Fiji to New Zealand leg?
Celestial navigation and spontaneously breaking out into a watch wide rendition of selected Disney songs.
What do you do/think about on bow watch?
Thinking about various bosunry project possibilities interspersed with bouts of squats, singing and life planning. 
What is a memorable shipboard aroma?
The enticing smell of bacon during dawn watch—anxiously awaiting breakfast.
What will you do differently when you go home?
Expand my vocabulary and try not to wear the same clothes for 3 days straight.

Val:
What is a favorite moment of the Fiji to New Zealand leg?
When people actually enjoyed my Bean Burger Casserole…and when I was able to devour it again as leftovers for “Week in Review” dinner. 
What do you do/think about on bow watch?
I sing/hum songs (mostly Disney and Tswizzle), giggle in delight as the waves crashing against the bow light up with bioluminescent creatures, do squat exercises, obviously scan the horizon for any lights/weather/etc. I’m normally thinking about how tired I am, what I need to do when I get home, debating the last time I showered.
What is a memorable shipboard aroma?
The smell of yummy food wafting up from the galley hatch.
What will you do differently when you go home?
Wear a larger variety of clothing, repeat commands, and shower less (maybe).

Monica:
What is a favorite moment of the Fiji to New Zealand leg?
During breakfast on Halloween when I dressed up as Julia and she sat across from me, wearing the same outfit.
What do you do/think about on bow watch?
It’s a secret.
What is a memorable shipboard aroma?
The smell of newly sharpened pencils in the lab. 
What will you do differently when you go home?
I want to curtail my driving habits by walking and riding my bike more often.  I have felt a closer connection to the islands by just walking through the villages and town centers. At home, it’s easy to get sucked into always driving and not being in the present moment, so the first project for when I get back is to walk all of Boston.

Colin:
What is a favorite moment of the Fiji to New Zealand leg?
My proudest moment has been completing my personal flag, which I made from sailcloth and features a picture of a cat and hibiscus flower. There is something deeply satisfying about raising and lowering your own flag at the change of watch.
What do you do/think about on bow watch?
I’d like to say I think about hard questions, like what percentage of my life I spend following my dreams, but in reality I sing mindlessly. Through trial and error I have found a few artists to be especially apt for bow singing, specifically Frankie Valli. Other favorites have been Heart and David Bowie.
What is a memorable shipboard aroma?
It is not a pleasant aroma—I found this visceral smell while aloft on a rigging check with our deckhand Katherine. We had climbed up to the absolute top of the foremast and instead of appreciating the view; all I could muster is “smells like [poop].” She laughed and explained that this is where our gray water is vented.
What will you do differently when you go home?
I hope to bring back with me a renewed energy for organization. One thing I appreciate about living aboard the RCS is that each item has a single spot and a way to make it fit there. While I am unlikely to start storing food under the floorboards or hot sauces under seat cushions, I appreciate the wise usage of space.

Kristen:
What is a favorite moment of the Fiji to New Zealand leg?
While there have been so many wonderful moments on this leg, I’d have to say that my absolute favorite was the first time I discovered the most comfortable seat on the ship: the furled JT on the headrig. I immediately found bliss sinking into the soft folded sail and checking out the awesome view of the ship. To top it off, we were in Force 0 wind (thank god for the engine) and the water was flat and glassy, making for some gorgeous gazing into the distance. 
What do you do/think about on bow watch?
I think about a series of mental checklists and how much I need to find a job when I get home.
What is a memorable shipboard aroma?
Lately I’ve gotten very attached to the smell of the hot knife on sail canvass. 
What will you do differently when you go home?
I really have been able to take a closer look at the saying “It’s the little things”. After taking Navy-style showers once every three days for six weeks, I don’t think I’ll ever take showering for granted again. That, and the appreciation of what I’m studying. 

P.S. Winton wants to send out a message to his brother saying happy 23rd birthday bro!  Hope it’s full of love and Joy!

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