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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 23, 2016

Class on the Bowsprit

Molly Stark-Ragsdale, C Watch, Macalester College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

C Watch talks about the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the bowsprit of the Robert C. Seamans. Pictured left to right: Justin, Alina, Jeff, Johanna, Sara, Alex, Molly, Tim, and Makenzie.

Ship's Log

34° 49.27’S x 173° 57’E

4.2 knots


Sunny but windy throughout the day.  Clear skies and little cloud cover at night. 

Souls on Board

Starting from the beginning, breakfast this morning was like always, way beyond one's expectations for breakfast on a ship.  Per usual we had a feast: breakfast burritos with eggs, beans, cheese, bacon, avocado, salsa, and sprouts.  This was all followed by a midmorning snack of banana bread. We set sail at 0830 (8:30) with all hands on deck.  This means everyone contributes to raising the sails, not just one watch.  We've all gotten much more efficient at and knowledgeable about sail handling, which made getting under way pretty smooth. 

Today we sailed out away from land until it was almost no longer visible to take water samples for analysis.  C watch (my watch) had class with Jeff at ten this morning.  To change things up and make things exciting, as Jeff likes to do, class was moved to the bowsprit. Justin Gregory, a reporter from Radio New Zealand who is joining us on this leg to record a radio story about us, came out there with us to listen in.  You could say it was the most dynamic class any of us have probably ever had.  It was surprising how well you could pay attention and participate while also feeling like you're body was about to get catapulted into the water.  Don't worry: we were all harnessed in.

After class Alex, Johanna and I stayed out on the bow and pretended to be pirates.  Along with hearing the two of them perform impressive renditions of The Phantom of the Opera, we made up a song to the tune of My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music about our trip so far. The song is as follows:

Bobby C. Seamans and dolphins that swim.
Chilling on bowsprits and eating good din.
Sunshine and coastlines that turn green in spring. 
These are a few of our favorite things.

Hauling on halyards and easing on down hauls.
Waking at 1am when dawn watch calls. 
Mimicking animals as we jump in.
These are a few of our favorite things.

Towing on neustons and counting the salps. 
Telling Ben how many salps that we found.
Tying the reef knot and not falling in.
These are a few of my favorite things.

When we're seasick.
When the ship rolls.
When we're feeling bad.
We simply remember our favorite things and then we don't feel so bad. 

Though lacking in rhythm we thought the lyrics summed up our voyage thus far. 

The afternoon was filled with looking at fish eggs and other little critters under the microscope as well as calculating the alkalinity and pH of our eleven water samples from this morning.  The day ended with amazing food once again including some scrumptious chocolate coconut oat bars improvised by Hoai Nam.  The evening also included some post-dinner competition. Everyone stands with his or her feet in one place in the salon and cannot move.  The longest person to stay in the same place while the boat launched us from side to side wins.  It was the end of another successful day. Tomorrow we head to Russell where we'll be touching land for the first time in four days. 

- Molly

P.S. Shout out to Mom, Dad, Skyler, Cody J and friends.  I love you all! And am ready to take on the Helen B.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s264  research  life at sea • (2) Comments
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#1. Posted by Grammy&Grandy; on February 25, 2016

Lizie, Went swimming yesterday (HA!!!!). Have decorated Grammy’s room in the Nursing Center with all sorts of pictures, including of you, typically looking grim (HA!!!!). G&G

#2. Posted by Amy Ragsdale on March 03, 2016

Life on board sounds so full—fun and interesting. Love the lyrics.  Maybe you can add a verse for all your stops. Love to you Missy.



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