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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
March 25, 2014
Heading Toward the Equator
16° 15’ S x 149° 49’ W (about 70 miles north of Tahiti)
Course & Speed
N x E at 4.7 knots
Fore stays’l, jib, and main
Mostly sunny with a few cumulus clouds; waves are about 4 feet and the air is 84 deg F
We are heading toward the equator! We are all getting used to life at sea, including things like gimbaled tables and seeing the sun in the north. This morning A Watch had the dawn watch; after coming on deck in a drizzle, with complete cloud cover, the sky gradually cleared so that before dawn we saw the Southern Cross as well as several other stars that are new to us. We enjoyed a beautiful sunrise while continuing with boat check, bow watch, and steering at the helm as well as continuing our orientation to the science lab. Alia was allowed to skip dawn watch and sleep in a bit as it is her turn to assist our steward, Nina, today. They prepared a fabulous breakfast and lunch for us and then surprised us with delicious samosas for afternoon snack.
We raised the main sail and the jib this afternoon, and practiced gybing and heaving to with all hands on deck. It is amazing to see how well novice sailors can work together with the expert instruction of the crew. We are still learning our lines and knots, but with guidance we can set and strike sails, sweat a line, and clean the ship like professionals!
Love and kisses to Jarlath, Allison, and Molly! I am thinking of you and the blizzard that we heard about that is hitting the northeast. Stay warm!
Barbara Fleck, A Watch
Visiting Faculty, Maine Maritime Academy