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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
December 03, 2018
37°15.0’S x 179°43.4’E
Course & Speed
155° & 7 nm
Storm trys’l, stay s’ls, and jib
Wind from the NNE, BF 4
A myriad of emotions are flying around the ship right now. We are nearing the end of our two-week transit to and from the Kermadecs, coming closer and closer to sighting land and soon, stepping foot on it. There are feelings of mourning for life out on the open ocean as well as excitement for this next leg. I’ve found that life at sea is comprised of these fluctuating thoughts and emotions. When on lookout, gazing out at nothing but blue, rolling water, you pass your time daydreaming of land. When land is finally in sight and you are mere days from setting foot on it, you wish to have the ocean to yourself again. Similarly, you live moment to moment jumping from the lowest lows to the highest highs. Mere weeks ago (which doesn’t even feel like weeks, as time works in strange ways aboard), you felt like you couldn’t sustain this life style, that you were making a mistake at every turn and that there was no time to figure out how to succeed. You felt like watch dictated your life and that every free moment should be spent sleeping and eating as to avoid feeling like you were falling apart on watch. Those moments still exist but have become more and more fleeting. They become overshadowed by gorgeous sunrises, unbelievable sunsets, dolphins playing at the bow (like today), critters you didn’t even know existed, and praise for all the things that you are doing right.
We are to the sweet spot of the voyage, the point where we know more than we don’t know and feel capable, at least in part, of running operations. Everyone has done amazing as shadow. For those of you back home that don’t know what a shadow is, it refers to when a student of a watch team learns the duties of the mate. This entails assigning students to positions on deck and keeping up with the rotation, making sure that someone is always on lookout, at the helm, and standing by for a boat check. Additionally, you are in charge of calling out orders during sail handling and seeing that it gets done properly. Overall, you are responsible for the members of your watch and the safety of the ship and everyone aboard (no pressure). Everyone has rose to the challenge and done exceedingly well. We look forward to continuing this phase of the voyage!
- Camryn McCarthy, B Watch, Smith College