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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
September 28, 2014
Departing American Samoa
14°22.8S x 170°56.8W
Course and Speed
260° at 5.4kts
Motoring under stysls
Intermittent rain and stars
This morning was spent doing safety drills, including MOB (Man Over-Board), fire, and abandon ship. While many of us were getting over some jet-lag, the crowd seemed genuinely excited to use the fire hoses and don our safety immersion suits. To paint a better picture of the safety suits imagine a thick red neoprene jumpsuit which transforms all body types into a Gumby-like figure. Luckily, our struggling to fit into these costumes coincided with a local Samoan church service, so we were provided background music which seemed to match our morning tone—joyous.
Quickly following drills and some snacks to recharge, we left the safety of the protected harbor. Upon leaving the dock a few women from Hokulea came to wish us a safe passage with song and the blowing of the conch shell. With their blessing we motored out of the harbor and into the ocean swells. For many this represented the real start of the adventure as we all tested our minds and bodiesespecially stomachsin unbroken ocean swells.