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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
December 02, 2014
It’s a nick-nack Patty Whack, give the frog a loan
42° 53.9’S X 173° 35.6’E
Sun is happy, sky is clear, and temperature is chilly as we are practically in Antarctica… kidding (only slightly).
Sail Plan & Course/Speed
The Robert C. Seamans is currently sailing south over the Chatham Rise, course ordered 175.
First things first: THANK YOU across the global ocean and back to all of you who made this once-in-a-lifetime voyage possible for us ! It has been an extraordinary adventure that we will never forget.
I am pleased to report that my shipmates and I have all mastered the salty sailor. We left Wellington Harbor just over forty-eight hours ago, and we are all happy to be under way again. We plan to arrive in Dunedin in less than a week’s time.
As we stumble from “port stop stupids” (forgetting key sea skills after being docked at port) into our Junior Watch Officer training, we continue to learn more about life at sea with the passing of each watch cycle. Some things have become part of our daily routines, such as how to successfully eat on gimbled tables and remembering to always put the toilet lid down, whereas other things continue to inspire the “Awww” inside of us, encouraging us to contemplate the difference between dreaming and reality and if such a divide really exists.
A Watch saw a moonbow the night before last – a white light arched over the unsettled seas in a sky of vast darkness. Busy in S.C.I.E.N.C.E., and on our various deck positions (lookout, helm, shadow, etc.), the sight presented us with one of those moments where you hear a whisper in your ear telling you to soak it all in, everything at once - no judgments, no fear - to just simply SEE and FEEL. It was beautiful.
Each and every one of us has an overflowing hands-full worth of stories and sightings such as the moonbow that I am sure will make it to your ears upon return home. I wish I could better describe to you the magic intertwined with what our eyes have seen.
To recap today’s specifics: C Watch woke A Watch up for Dawn Watch twenty minutes prior to being expected on deck. IT WAS FREEZING! My watchmates and I, all bundled up - layers upon layers (some of us wearing all we brought with us) - took the deck. Just before dawn, pretty white cumulus clouds appeared above the coastline. As we looked closer, we realized our mistake. The clouds exposed themselves to be a snow-covered mountain range (depicted in the photo above). We continue to watch the mountains recede into the horizon dead astern. Our chef, Vickie, along with Breezy, who has been the assistant steward today, made a delicious breakfast of oatmeal with various toppings and compotes. A Watch slept, B Watch went aloft, and C Watch slept as well. Many of us have been pleasantly surprised by the awesomeness of our slumbers. During class time this afternoon, one of our Assistant Scientists, Julia, received her Secret Santa gift: a song written by a secret author and performed by Karissa. Captain Rick told his joke of the day. (The title of this post is the punch line from the joke.) Heather, Ali, and Laina presented their science report, time flew, and now I am sitting here in the saloon writing to all of you with my shipmates hustling and bustling about in front of me. They all say hello.
And I ate my first Ramen!
P.S. Hi Mom and Dad and Cooper and Trevor and Daisy and Stella! Life is great and boys, watch out (!) because I am going to kick your booties at sailing this summer. I love you, and I am thinking about you always!