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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

November 17, 2017

Boot and Rally!

Caleb Stoudt, C-Watch, Warren Wilson College

The Global Ocean

Early Sunrise behind Motukokako Island (Piercy Island) on the far left.

Ship's Log

Current Position
35° 15’ 54” S x 174° 06’ 54”

Course & Speed

Sail Plan
Anchored in Kororareka Bay

Easy South-easterly wind, expected to pick up into the night, cloudy skies with scattered showers throughout the day.

Souls on Board

C Watch was woken up at 0030 and advised to wear their foul weather gear. While crawling out of bed and fumbling to get dressed as quietly as possible, as to not let slip the precious moments of sleep from our bunkmates, we prepared for our third watch while under way. The rain was barely above a drizzle but the wind reminded us that we were on a ship. The only visible landmarks were silhouettes of far islands and a lighthouse flashing far off port side. The excitement of standing at the helm and staring forward past the sails and into the darkness of the early morning is something that I will never get tired of. However I will get tired of my body’s need to projectile feed the fish from the leeward side of the quarterdeck.

Seasickness is very, very real. Working in the dry lab is incredibly fulfilling, yet the concentration of writing mixed with the lack of air movement and literal ups and downs of sailing make it incredibly difficult to keep any food down. Each of us was feeling foul at different times and we were able to persevere by keeping each other laughing and having a good time. Boot and rally became the censored catch phrase, and rally we did. At the end of this constant struggle and as we all started feeling a little bit better, the sun started to rise. As we were passing an island with a spectacular arch carved into the stone by the sea, the sky started glowing and we had to say goodbye to the stars (Orion is in mid cartwheel in the southern hemisphere, by the way).

After a cool morning the crew was filled with ecstasy as the sun illuminated our world. We awoke the next watch and Heartbreak (the mate of the watch) handed over the conn to Kirsten as we met for a short meeting to talk about the past six hours. After a very welcomed breakfast we went fast to sleep. Multiple hours later, we anchored at Kororareka Bay and that felt like a huge success.

Shout out to my niece and nephew, mom and dad, brothers and significant others! Also (Early/late?) birthday shout outs to my ADK co-leaders, James “Bic” Warner and Evan “Lorax” Mercier.

- Caleb

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s276  life at sea  science  study abroad • (2) Comments
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#1. Posted by Carol Stoudt on November 21, 2017

For our youngest, Caleb - Glad to hear you are doing ok - hopefully the ‘projectile feeding of fish’ has subsided by the time you read this.  Love you always and miss you - Thanksgiving will be different without you here.

#2. Posted by Mary maki on December 09, 2017

I am so impressed by all of you. I can not imagine the experience of your voyage. What wonderful memories. As you explain your ship and the pictures of the ocean I feel like I am almost there with you. Take in a couple of deep breaths of sea air in for me. As they say, Godspeed, and and keep up the blogs. Tons of love Caleb. Gma



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