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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 20, 2017

Knock knock! Who’s there? Sea Sickness… uh oh…

Jennifer Lutes, A Watch, University of New England

The Global Ocean

Everyone paying attention while furling the jib, except me.

Ship's Log

Current Position
35° 13.071’ S x 174° 12.683’E

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Anchored at the Bay of Islands

Variable. It can be raining one minute and pouring the next. It is impossible to average the weather patterns. Similar pattern with the seas, at one point it can be very calm and tranquil, but the next…

Souls on Board

Here is a glimpse into my day so far:

We started our morning on dawn watch (0100-0700) with no moon light and slight rain with only frequent lighthouse flashes in sight. Not only was I treating a sunburn and feeling tired, but sea sickness had joined the party. If my mom ever says that motion sickness is all in my head again, I will convince her that it clearly is not. With the boat swaying over the waves and no horizon to look at, I spent much of the night on deck waiting to feel better. Recovery came: the moon light lit up the Seamans, the stars finally peered out from behind the clouds, and the wooziness really didn’t matter anymore because this was what I was waiting for.

The best part of my night was standing at the helm, sailing at four knots; all was still except the chirping noise from our cricket friend on board. The feeling was so surreal, yet overwhelming at the same time. The amount of trust and responsibility the crew and class put in my hands at this very moment was worth all the sea sickness complications. After six long hours on watch, feeling woozy and standing on my feet, I finally passed out in bed for a few hours. Never will I ever take my comfy memory foam full size bed for granted again. This trip has taught me not to take a lot of things in daily life for granted, like taking long showers or enjoying a cup of hot cocoa at a coffee table that doesn’t move. As the end of week one comes around, I am excited to see what the rest of the trip has to offer.

No need for any concerns regarding sea sickness; just part of the job.

Prayers and love out to friends and family. Love you always.

- Jennifer

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s271  life at sea • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by carol lutes on February 28, 2017

Jenny, Love you! Love the title of this blog!  Frank says that saltine crackers help sea sickness. LOL! Take deep breaths and enjoy!  Can’t wait for the stories. Mom



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