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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 08, 2014
Course & Speed
Anchored in Nuku Hiva
27.5 degrees C, mostly clear skies
Namaste! Followers of Robert C. Seamans’ blog,
Here we are anchored in Nuku Hiva after 1000 miles of sailing. As I am writing this blog entry, I am thinking about our first encounter with Captain Doug in Woods Hole when he asked us to imagine our third week at sea. Reflecting on those feelings of excitement, anxiousness and uncertainty after two weeks of sailing, I must say that this experience has surpassed my expectations in every possible way.
It still feels surreal at times to realize that we are in the middle of the Pacific. Life at sea has definitely been a one of a kind experience so far. We have created a home with 31 people on 100 feet long and 25 feet wide boat. And together we are drifting on this boat over the rolling swells of the immense ocean with our common drive for exploring and experiencing the mysteries and awe of nature. Living together in a community with such like-minded and free-spirited people has certainly imparted a precious life changing experience. Learning has undoubtedly been one of the most important aspects of this adventure. Our common strive for knowledge is what got us all together and I feel like learning has never been so constant, challenging, engaging and exciting at the same time. Shooting stars with a sextant and finding our latitudes and longitudes on earth, learning how to steer a tall ship by feeling the wind, learning how to predict the weather, locating constellations in the sky, admiring the splendor of Milky Way and the vastness of the universe, asking questions about glowing sea creatures, spotting a dolphin and running to wake people up, jamming on the deck and admiring the sunset, waking up for dawn watches to see morning star Venus rise and feeling the breeze and the spray of salt water on the face while on bow watch are the things that define joy in our shipboard life. By being away from the land, living in a ship community and distancing ourselves from the normality of the 21st century’s world, we have learned to appreciate the magnificences of the obvious world which are often overlooked and taken for granted in today’s life. Waking up at 3 in the morning and going to bed at 7 am in the morning seems normal to us. Not seeing a single shooting star when on mid-watch would be considered not normal. For all those people reading this, you do not need to worry about us at all. We are having a blast and probably the best times of our lives.
The onset of Phase Two has increased the amount of responsibility on us. But, it feels great to be doing things more independently and being more aware of what we are doing. I am excited about the rest of the 2000 miles and crossing the equator!
Captain Tom, hope all is well on your side. We have been making good use of your nautical wisdom out here at sea.
P.S.Mummy Daddy saab thok thik thak cha. Chinta garnu pardaina. New Hampshire ma pani dherai samjhana sabai jana lai! Ani Happy Birthday Suki!