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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

July 07, 2021

Line Chase!

Jun Ru Anderson, B Watch, Wellesley College


Above: Tadhg and Sam, during line chase; Below: B Watch Conga Line.

Ship's Log

29° 49.1’N x 129°55.9’W

285° PSC

7.2 knots

Sail Plan
Four lowers and jib tops’l


BF 4 / NNE

Description of location
North Pacific Subtropical Gyre

Souls on board

Today was Line Chase! Each watch lined up, with A Watch on the port side of the quarterdeck, B Watch next to them, and C Watch on the starboard side. We were told the rules: each watch had a stack of flash cards. Each flash card had the name of a line on the ship written on it. The person at the front of their watch’s line had to take the card, find the line on the ship, and touch it. They would then return to their watch, and the next person would take a card and go. No running allowed—and if you get caught running, you had to crab walk the rest of the way. Those waiting for their turn could only say “hot” or “cold” to help the person from their watch who was up. The first watch to finish their pile would win.

We had 48 lines on the ship to remember… and they asked us for a pickup line, too. At first, there was chaos. Three people speed-walked forward and 14 students on the quarterdeck erupted in shouts of “hot” and “cold.” C Watch finished their stack first, and set off in their final line - a conga line around the ship! A Watch and B Watch maneuvered around the conga line and continued, both with about a quarter of our stacks left to do. We were neck and neck! Until, as I got a card that said “Course Outhaul,” I saw A Watch form a conga line out of the corner of my eye. I found the course outhaul and returned as fast as I could. I handed my card in, and Christina got the card that said “Conga Line.” We formed our conga line, coordinating our kicks every three steps. As we passed Ava (Chief Mate) on the port foredeck, they gave us our consolation prize: “best choreographed watch.”

As we passed the rescue boat on the starboard side on the way back to the quarterdeck, Christina led our watch in a rousing song. And so, to conclude this entry as we concluded Line Chase…


- Jun Ru Anderson, Wellesley College/B Watch

PS: Happy birthday to Bob Fisher! From Sam

Categories: Robert C. Seamans, • Topics: s299  life at sea  sailing  science  research  line chase • (2) Comments


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Bill MCKay on July 09, 2021

Amazing days…I am sitting here on Cape Cod in the remnants of a hurricane, and it is moving offshore quickly. And I am writing and sending this message to you about 4000 miles to my west, transferred by several satellites, I guess. AND you are doing a knot game!!!! I have sailed for 60 plus years and only know 5 or so knots.. only two of which one uses on a ancient catboat. Have fun out there; I do wish a little “weather” for you; it would be good to experience a short time when the seas are angry about something.

#2. Posted by The Hoffmans on July 10, 2021

Keep the posts coming! We love hearing about your adventures. You are incredibly lucky to be able to be a part of this voyage. Wishing you all the best.

Andrew charlie got the Job with Esri! He starts at the end of the month. We miss you and think of you on the high seas soaking up the lessons! Love you



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