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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 20, 2017
Going Further Than Ever Before
33° 38.2’ S x 147° 23.5’ W
Winds NWxW, f 7, seas NW, 8ft, sky 3/8ths, altostratus, barometer: 1012.5
Sailing on a port tack under the four lowers, and a double-reefed mains’l.
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.