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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 20, 2017

Going Further Than Ever Before

Abigael Malcolm, C watch, College of Charleston

SEA Semester

Hanging Out on the Yard (Megan, Abigael, Lily, Marcia, Carina, and Alison) Photo Credit: Ed Sweeney

Ship's Log

Noon position
33° 38.2’ S x 147° 23.5’ W

Course ordered

Course steered

7.0 knots

2452.4 nm

Winds NWxW, f 7, seas NW, 8ft, sky 3/8ths, altostratus, barometer: 1012.5

Sail Plan
Sailing on a port tack under the four lowers, and a double-reefed mains’l.

Souls on Board

The S-272 crew has found themselves in the remnants of yet another significant weather system. This time Tropical Cycle Cook detoured from the shores of New Zealand, its original track, and skirted further west as we continued our journey north.

Although the same intense winds, rain, and sea conditions were present just as with Cyclone Debbie, the thought of facing this weather seemed less daunting. Our three weeks spent on the Robert C. Seamans has conditioned us to expect the unexpected, and with more responsibility being placed on us each day, we all faced the weather with a new confidence I don’t think we had just two weeks ago.

I think the opportunity to face the same thing two times has allowed us all to realize just how far we have progressed. Whether in lab, at the helm, or sail handling, we have all become more confident in the tasks given to us, and have started to expand our reach and try new things.

On Monday, C watch went aloft and out on the yard for the first time. Our small, but mighty, watch buzzed with excitement and nervousness that it was now our chance to go. I’ll admit I was nervous to climb, but the gorgeous weather and the level of comfort I had on the ship spurred me forward. Once on the platform, I looked out on the ocean, and for the first time realized how alone we were in this vast ocean, and appreciated what we were doing.

It may seem a little late to come to this realization, almost three weeks in, but it was not until then that I felt the most comfortable moving around the boat and conducting lab research. It was not until that moment that I had the chance to take a step back from the rigorous schedule, and see where I was. Although the weather from Cyclone Cook, and C watch going aloft a few days ago may seem unrelated, I think it’s fitting that they occurred within a few days of one another and at the halfway point of the voyage. 

It is at this moment that we are being pushed outside our comfort zones, and to take charge of more opportunities on the ship. The only difference now, as opposed to the first week, is that we have learned to embrace a challenge or task with open arms, and to experience everything to the fullest.

I know I have.

- Abigael 

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#1. Posted by Marisa Maravi on April 22, 2017

April 22nd, today is Earth Day, a day that represents the care we must take of our earth everyday. Thank you, S-272 and Sea Semester for your part as you travel and research our oceans. Jana, are you wearing your shirt today? I was really impressed as we completed our supply shopping for this journey, the attention paid to making sure that everything she brought on board was eco friendly, non toxic and biodegradable. I love that this is a sailing journey using renewable wind energy whenever possible - I think there have been a few times when you may have wished for a little less wind and a few times you wished for a bit more. Sail on, S-272, we love you and miss you and may the winds bring you safely to shore.

#2. Posted by Cathy Rouse on April 23, 2017

Hats off to all of you who have climbed to new heights, both physically & figuratively!



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