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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 31, 2017

Let the Adventure Begin!

Diane Hutt, Sailing Intern

Ocean Exploration

Captain Jay Amster directs student Carina Spiro at the helm as we leave the dock!

Ship's Log

Course Ordered

Calm, Sunny with Increasing Haze

Souls on Board

Boats are meant to move and the crew with them. Alongside the dock, there is an anxiousness that ripples through the crew; the pull of land and loved ones and the internet are strong, but the sea, she calls us. Last night the students arrived and all of us, sailing interns included, began intense training. We followed that into the night and again this morning with our first round-the-clock watches, drills, safety training, cleaning duties, practicing striking the sail, running the science hydro-winch and the J-frame.

I can feel the nerves, excitement, trepidation, the intent, the rambunctiousness and reserve amongst the students, and they can probably feel it in us too if they took a second to check in. At 1400, we began to ready the boat for seas. Stowing and lashing anything that could roll or fly off of a surface once the Robert C. Seamans casts off the lines. We all had different jobs: loosening chafe gear, hauling and stowing the gangway, lowering the rescue boat that would shove us off the dock.

At 1500, hearts racing, adrenaline pumping, smiles a mile-wide, we manned our stations, as Captain Jay directed student Carina Spiro, at the helm and we eased her out of the harbor. It's official: we are off, for many of us like myself it's the journey of a lifetime. Let the adventure begin!!!!

I would like to close out my post with a portion of one of my favorite poems by Pablo Neruda because for those of you at home, it captures some of the "why's" we have all arrived here:

I need the sea because it teaches me,
I don't know if I learn music or awareness,
If it's a single wave or its vast existence,
Or only its harsh voice or its shining suggestion of fish and ships.
The fact is that until I fall asleep,
In some magnetic way I move in the university of the waves..

- Diane 

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Ocean Exploration, • Topics: s272  life at sea • (4) Comments
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#1. Posted by Spiro,marjorieand alfred on March 31, 2017

Dear Carina,it is wonderful to follow your great adventure.The picture of you looked wonderful as you left the dock.We are so proud of you and will be waiting to hear All about your wonderful semester at sea.May the wind be always at your back.All our love Grandma Margie And Grandpa Al

#2. Posted by Cathy Rouse on April 03, 2017

To Sophia Tigges and all of the students & crew: so excited for all of you on this adventure! I read you updates every morning. I have always longed to sail on the open ocean, but have so far only sailed with the sloop Clearwater on the Hudson River & Long Island Sound. Your journey gives me new energy to pursue a long-held dream. Safe travels!

#3. Posted by Josh Mitchell on April 03, 2017

Yeeha! Awesome blog post Diane!  Hope you and the crew are finding your groove!  Much love from this end!

#4. Posted by Joee on April 03, 2017

What a great post Diane! Excellent writing.  I am so excited for you to have this adventure.  I very much look forward to hearing about it the next time I see you. Say “hi” to Allison and Annika for me!



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