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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
December 11, 2016
Docked at Napier port
Slight winds, mostly sunny, a full rainbow
Kia Ora from Napier! We are finally on land after three weeks of deep water sailing.
It is a little overwhelming. The Brigantine doesn’t rock too much, the ocean sounds different and you can walk on land. It is funny how you can get used to water in three short weeks and they say we are not made to live in the ocean. When we got dropped off at the dock gate, everyone ran to the black pebbly beach. Maybe it was a sense of freedom or maybe it was just our remedy to withdrawal from the sea.
There was a farmer’s market near the Napier port that we had to go through to get to town. It was a walkway filled with food, music, colorful clothes, artsy antique and an assortment of artisan goods. When we finally reached the town, it was like stepping into the art deco era. There was a little confusion between pavement and road, but the drivers made sure we knew which was which by honking at us. There were vintage cars and some stores even had very Great Gatsby-esque clothing on display. And there was one store dedicated entirely to possums and goods made out of possum fur.
We tried finding a café with Wi-Fi so we could catch up with our “land life”. After a good walk through the town, we ended up in Starbucks. Everyone sent messages to their loved ones and got a little work done. After shopping for souvenirs and looking around the shops in town, the people on watch started heading back to Bobby C. We were planning on getting dinner in town but everything started closing at 5 so the two of us were a little confused. We decided to explore and venture up to Bluff Hill Lookout. After a steep hike up the hill, we were greeted by a 360 degree view of Napier. We could also see where our dearest Bob was docked. After our descend, we rewarded our tired feet by dipping it in the ocean.
It was good to be on land but it was also a little strange. We realized that it wasn’t the land that had changed, but us who have now learned to live without land. Until next time, we will be here, planning the set and strikes of sails to carry us through the New Zealand waters
–Kyra & Sudeshana
PS Thanks to the family for all their support, especially cousin Kelsey
PS To my people, sending love from across the ocean -Sudeshana