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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

December 08, 2015

Birthdays and Bunks

Madeline Menard, A Watch, Carleton College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

One last memory from Whangaroa Harbor

Ship's Log

Noon Position
35° 32.6’S x 174°42.2’E

Description of location
Northeast of the Hauraki Gulf

Ship Heading

Ship Speed
4.3 kts

Taffrail Log
981.9 nm

Sail Plan
Sailing broad reach on a starboard tack

7/8th Cumulus cloud coverage / SXW Force 4 winds / 17.0 ° C

Souls on Board

Hello friends and family!
Today I start out my blog wishing a very happy birthday to my Mom from the summery Eastern coast of New Zealand all the way across the Pacific Ocean to the West coast of drizzly Washington. I hope you had a wonderful day!

We have officially passed into the third leg of our journey and are slowly trekking south, tracing the coast of New Zealand to Napier. This afternoon we celebrated reaching 1000 nautical miles traveled on our taffrail log during afternoon watch (1300 - 1900). Needless to say, there was much rejoicing and just a tad bit of reminiscing on how far we have come from the intrepid, novice sailors we once were. Despite still being relatively
inexperienced, it is always striking to realize just how much knowledge we have absorbed in our short three weeks aboard the Seamans. Thanks to the wonderful crew taking us firmly under their expert wings (shout out to Rocky and his newly found knitting hobby) and we have slowly started to become a little saltier.

As we pass the halfway point on our six-week program, the time to finally pull out that coveted second pair of clean sheets has finally come and as I braced myself against the rolling motion of the ship to tuck that lovely new sheet onto my bunk it struck me exactly how many purposes our bunks serve. Book storage, shoe shelf, toiletry cabinet, closet space, luggage stowing area, school supply cabinet, occasionally dirty laundry repository, the list goes on.

On a 134 ft. ship storage space is at a premium and every space is utilized to the maximum, but none more so than our personal bunks. Every nook and cranny is stuffed full of essentials, stowing knives, flashlights, sunglasses, and in my case an entire ship worth of sunscreen and an almost finished knit sock. On any given day, we visit our bunks regularly, grabbing odds and ends, brushing teeth, searching for where we stowed our journals and hats, and most importantly catching the occasional nap in-between watches and classes and miscellaneous assignment due dates.

With the last few weeks of the academic program coming up these napping visits will in all probability become less frequent, but looking ahead, the next pair of clean sheets we all see will be as we head home for the holidays or out to explore.

Wishing you all the best,

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s263  life at sea • (0) Comments
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