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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
December 07, 2017
High Tide, Low Tide, Rising Tide
39°04.9’S x 177°50.8’E
Course & Speed
At Anchor in Waikokopu Bay, Mahia Peninsula
Motor sailing under forestays’l, mainstays’l, and mains’l & then we struck all the sails and anchored
Sunny, scattered clouds
Good morning from just off the coast of Poverty Bay! Since we left Raoul Island, we’ve been sailing South on our way to Napier. The first signs of civilization appeared in our Neuston tow yesterday as we saw some macroplastics in the water and even caught what we presume to be an olive (scientific analysis is ongoing). As Katie and I toiled away counting Salps by the hundreds this morning, Lindsey saw a light flashing off in the distance. Just like that, our interlude of blues and grays was replaced by a big brown blob blocking my panoramic view of the ocean. With today being both our first day seeing the North Island in a while and the phase change from phase II (Shadow phase) to phase III (Junior Watch Officer phase), I think it’s appropriate to play a little game of High Tide, Low Tide, Rising Tide.
High Tide, Low Tide, Rising Tide is an exercise we use to reflect on our current status and the highlights (high tide), low moments (low tide), and things we’re looking forward to in the future (rising tide). In no particular order, here a few of the responses I got from some folks onboard.
Hannah-Marie’s galley day
Feeling more at home onboard
Full moon dawn watch
Eating a Tuna heart
“Working in the galley” – Hannah-Marie
A haiku about Salps
Realizing that Kiel is my favorite German city (I’ve never been)
Celestial navigation dawn watches
Grunge watch (it was grungetastic!)
A Watch book club
“We ran out of avocados a week ago” – Isaac Vandor (hey, that’s me!)
The rogue wave that is homework heading straight towards us
“Seeing land” – Katie Livingston
Getting poured down on by the sky
The eternal struggle between homework, sleep, and reading on the housetop
“Moby Dick is getting better” – Maddy Sandler
Seeing an aquarium on land
Finishing book two of The Wheel of Time series
Walking around Napier, really just walking for a long time
“The essentials: butter, bagels, and water” – Brendan Brown-McCue
Swimming and running really fast
Applying all of our knowledge in the Junior Watch Officer phase
A wise person once told me that it only takes six words to tell a story and I’d like to think that some of our highest highs, lowest lows, and things that we’re most looking forward to in the coming days help to tell the story of the voyage of S-276 and the good ship Robert C. Seamans. And now, it’s naptime before sunset watch.
Post sunset watch update (0125): I was the Junior Watch Officer for 3 hours, we did a lot of coastal navigation (Special shoutout to John Geddes for teaching me that!), there were dolphins dancing across our bow at sunset, and we are now anchored in Waikokopu Bay.
Dreaming of creamy avocados and crunchy lettuce,
P.S. Happy birthday Jake and Dad and much love to the entire Vandor family!