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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
July 11, 2017
Finding Our Sea Legs
11° 41’ S x 170° 10’ W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
005° True, 6 knots
Single-reefed main, main stays’l, forestays ’l, and Jib all set
Clear sky, calm sea and wind from the east at force 4
After preparation over the weekend, we have finally set sail from American Samoa on Monday. The past two days were very challenging for me and for everybody. Physically, our bodies were getting used to the constant waving motion and the varying schedule. Psychologically, we need to apply what we have learned on shore and over the weekend to our daily tasks and duties and constantly learn new things while combating with seasickness and tiredness.
Just to give you a view of our daily tasks: over the past two days, I was assigned to lookout, steering the ship, doing weather and engine checks, setting sails, assisting with meal setup, deploying our science equipment such as the hydrocast and Neuston net, and logging the data. In addition to being the first watch at sea and the first watch to deploy science equipment at sea, my watch (C watch) also had our first Conservation & Management class this morning. Because most people were not feeling well, we only briefly discussed some freshwater-related issues facing island nations such as the Republic of Kiribati. This afternoon, we had our first class together with the other two watches learning about deploying the hydrocast, one of the major pieces of scientific equipment onboard, and sample processing.
Despite the challenges we are facing, I am optimistic about the voyage ahead. I am very glad to be in the watch to which I am assigned. I have great shipmates who are kind, positive, brave, and motivated. The staff and my watch officers were very encouraging, helpful, and skilled at what they do. We have learned a lot and have overcome a lot of challenges together as a team. Going forward, we can only be stronger as a team and that will translate into a much more enjoyable experience for everybody and increasingly efficient sailing, learning, and science deployment.