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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 26, 2016

Making it Shine like the Top of the Chrysler Building

Makenzie Michel, C Watch, Union College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

(Left to right) Stacie, Johanna, and I getting pumped for our very first Field Day [photo credit goes to Eliza]

Ship's Log

Current position
35° 19.1’ S x 174° 42.4’ E

Description of Location
en route to Wellington, New Zealand

Course & speed
NE winds at 7.2 knots

Sail plan
sailing through the night

Clear conditions - sunny, hot, and 10 foot swells

Souls on Board

Hello world,

Today was Field Day. “How fun!” you might think. SEA Semester bringing it back to an elementary school day of outdoor fun and games with your friends, just on a boat. Not quite. Field Day is a day where we deep clean the ship from top to bottom. It was our first one of the voyage and it was surprisingly an absolute blast. Will and Captain Elliot gave us an inspirational pep talk about giving back to good ol’ Robert C. Seamans for taking such good care of us. We laughed, we cried, we chanted. The mood was set as Leland cut off his shirt sleeve to wear as a headband, and that’s when we began. We played music all over the ship and of course took a few dance breaks. The crew broke out a secret stash of New Zealand candy to fuel us, what angels. C Watch was assigned the forward part of the ship. As Tim would say, “team work makes the dream work,” and we finished making Bobby C. shine in two and a half hours.

Afterward, we set sail from Russell and everyone loaded up on sea sickness meds. We made a quick pit stop after about an hour to bring aboard a compass expert to make sure that ours was in ship shape (lol). When we were cleared to go, we said goodbye to land for the next two weeks. Pacific Ocean, get ready. C-Watch was on duty from 1300-1900 and it was my first day on dishes in the galley (kitchen). The 10 foot swells really rocked us around and everyone is struggling to stay upright. The pots and pans were rolling around like crazy. The more positive folk call it music. 

It is absolutely amazing here. When we are sailing it’s hard to remember that we are all the way around the world. But when we get a glimpse of land we all exclaim that each place is the most beautiful that we’ve ever seen. We’ve had amazing weather so far (knock on wood) and even though we cannot figure out how to cross the streets, the locals are extraordinarily kind.

See you soon fam,
all my love to the Caribbean kids,
and always thinking of the U,

- Makenzie

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