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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 19, 2019

First Night of Passover

Sophie Vallas, C-Watch, Sailing Intern


Seder Plate on the Bobby C.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
31°57.1’S x 156°56.0’W

Middle of the Pacific Ocean


SxE F5

Souls on board

Happy Passover! Tonight is the first night of Passover.  In my family that would mean that either my parents, sister, and I would be getting ready to go to my aunt and uncle’s for seder, or my mother would be cooking all day and we would be getting ready to have everyone at our house for seder. To me, Passover means getting together with family and friends and celebrating the Jews’ escape from slavery in Egypt. As we grow up and move to different places in the world, whether it’s Nebraska, Massachusetts, New York, or on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it’s harder for us to all get together and celebrate the holidays. While that is sad to think about and as much as I miss my family, I am excited to bring some of the traditions from my family’s seder to the seder we are able to have on the boat.

Harry, another sailing intern, told his brother that we  were talking about how sad we were to be missing seder with our families. His brother contacted a Chabad rabbi in New Zealand and the rabbi was kind enough to bring to the boat matzah and other necessities needed to have our very own seder on the boat.  Because of Harry’s brother’s initiative and the wonderful community on the Bobby C, we will be having an abridged seder on the boat. I look forward to reciting the 4 questions, even though I’m not the youngest, and bringing all the songs my family likes to sing to the seder. I may not be with my family on this Passover, but I will be with my boat family and I’ll be making new traditions with them.

Happy Pesach to all and I hope the week of Passover is kind and easy for all who observe.

P.S. Mom I dressed up for seder and I’m not wearing jeans! Hope you taught Louie the Frog song.

- Sophie Vallas, C-Watch, Sailing Intern

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s285  life at sea  study abroad  sailing • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Dean Vallas on April 23, 2019

What a wonderful tale of Seder at sea. Thank you Harry for your thoughtfulness. So glad you regaled your shipmates with stories and songs from our family seders. By the time we got to the song about pharaoh Louis had eaten all the frogs. He and Robert had a competition over who was getting the afikoman. We met Robert’s girlfriend Brittany.
We miss you. love mom and dad



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