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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 13, 2019

Hot, humid, yet absolutely delightful

Farhan Rozaidi, A Watch, Trinity College


The Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, located in the Ngati Whatua Orakei grounds.

Ship's Log

Current Position
36° 50.493’ S, 174° 45.844’ E; Auckland, NZ

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Docked at Princes Wharf

Calm, humid and muggy at midday, cool and breezy at night

Souls on board

After a wonderful night's rest in our 6' x 3' x 3' coffins (bunks), we woke up for an all-hands breakfast. Some more ship orientation occurred, and we cleaned the ship, with each watch group having a separate task. Amidst all the deluge of information, I keep asking our chief mate, Rebecca, about climbing aloft to the top of the mast. Unfortunately, that day will come much later.

Around midday, we left for the Ngati Whatua Orakei marae (ancestral grounds for the Ngati Whatua Orakei tribe). We had a wonderful tour guided by Jamie Cook, one of the members of the tribe. Afterward, we had around an hour and a half for research time prior to being called back on the boat. I spent that time studying the salinity and temperature of the ocean up close, and I was able to study some miniature gelatinous creatures floating in the waters (translation: I went swimming and saw some tiny jellyfish).

We're off to a wonderful start here in Auckland. Even though the information being fed feels like trying to drink out of a water hydrant, I am really excited to get underway on Friday and head out to Russell. I have a feeling that this will be an amazing experience with many ups and downs (not looking forward to being seasick).

To my family: As the first Rozaidi to visit New Zealand, I can tell you guys that it's a wonderful place. Definitely worth a visit. I miss and love you all <3

To my climbing crew: I hope you guys are crushing the routes. Once I get trained on going aloft, I definitely will be climbing it as much as possible. Hope to see you all at Smith Rock!

- Farhan Rozaidi, A Watch, Trinity College

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s284  new zealand  study abroad • (5) Comments


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#1. Posted by Sarah Rozaidi on February 14, 2019

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BROBRO. I can’t wait to read this after work. I love you and miss you!!! So much!!!!

#2. Posted by Naveed on February 14, 2019


Good to hear your having a good time. Post more pictures and continue writing about your journey.


#3. Posted by Liza on February 14, 2019

Great write-up and so happy to hear from you, Farhan. Looking forward to hear more stories and updates on this adventure. We miss you and love you!

Happy sailing everyone! Stay safe!

Mama and Papa Rozaidi

#4. Posted by Osman Ahmad on February 14, 2019


Super excited for you on your journey. Keep exploring and I hope you’re having an amazing time! Also, there a few hobbits in New Zealand… say hi to them for me.


#5. Posted by John Mertens on March 10, 2019

I love your description of your “research” in the ocean! smile I am jealous of climbing the mast and rigging….



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