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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 29, 2014

Exploring Avatoru

Drew Gustafson, A Watch, Bowdoin College


Hermit crab from the ocean side of Avatoru, held graciously by Emilie.

Ship's Log

Current Position
Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia

Course & Speed
At anchor

Sail Plan
Anchored through tomorrow morning

Hot and sunny, with scattered cumulus and stratus clouds.

While the sea may be our home for the moment, there’s always value in a little vacation time.  As the hot sun began its slow trek across the sky above us, S-252 was released to explore the beautiful nearby island of Avatoru, a small islet of Rangiroa Atoll.  Armed with our notebooks, water bottles, and enough sunscreen to protect the entire population of French Polynesia, we aimed to continue researching our Atlas Entry topics.  Helped along by the friendly locals, we completed this task with gusto!  By the end of the day, S-252 had explored a large portion of the atoll where a completely new environment awaited us.

Though Tahiti offered the impressive landscape of a volcanic island, Avatoru’s narrow, low-lying landscape allowed us to explore both the lagoon and ocean coastlines (which were sometimes only a few meters apart).  After completing a few hours of research, we were happy to enjoy a bit of shore leave, during which we spent a few hours wandering the beaches, searching for shells and neat pieces of coral, and in some cases, even enjoying a little ice cream and turtle meat with a local family.  All in all, we found ourselves relaxed and refreshed, but ready to once again hit the high seas! We set off tomorrow, this time making our way toward Nuku Hiva.

S-252 was also made whole today!  Following a delay at the beginning of her journey, we were finally reunited with Lily, who flew into Rangiroa to join us.  With the final member of our Seamans family arrived safely, we said good-bye to Avatoru and journeyed back home, where we eagerly await the start of our first swizzle!  For those of you that may not know what that is, don’t worry - I don’t either.

Before I sign off, I just want to send off a hello to the fam in Ely, as well as to anyone that’s reading in Chicago or elsewhere!  I hope you’re all well, and that the winter weather isn’t leaving you in a rut!

- Drew

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s252  port stops  polynesia. • (0) Comments
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