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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
December 03, 2014
New Zealand is exactly like Nebraska… right?
44° 33.8’ S x 173° 29.5’ E
Beautiful – Clear, Crisp, and Sunny!
Sail Plan & Course/Speed
Sailing down the South Island towards Dunedin with 175° Course Ordered
First, THANK YOU to all of the family and friends that are keeping up with us via our blog and supporting us from afar. I cannot believe how fortunate I am to be spending my 2nd to last quarter of college studying with SEA on a
tall ship… in New Zealand… learning sailing and science (and some engineering) from an amazingly dedicated crew alongside some remarkable peers. Incredible, right? Everyone should get the chance to do this sometime during their lifetime!
Second, for those of you who couldn’t figure it out from my title, I am a proud Nebraskan born and raised. So for your enjoyment I have put together a list of all the ways New Zealand is like Nebraska:
Other than the fact that they have both housed me for a period of my life, the similarities end about there. While Nebraska really is the good life, it is currently in the throes of winter. After the chilly days and evenings we’ve had the past couple days, I am ecstatic that we did not choose to come to New Zealand during their winter. Although, it finally warmed up enough to brave wearing a tank top during morning watch today, which was NUTS (because
I layered almost all the clothes I brought the other night).
1. We finally set all of our square sails. These are used when we are sailing downwind. Up until now, we have only been able to set one of the three square sails because our wind hasn’t always been going the direction we were trying to steer (Check out the picture attached… we look awesome!).
2. We got to watch a baby seal playing in the waves and ship’s wake today before class. He jumped, swam, and definitely was aware of the ship full of people who were “oohing” and “awing” at his show.
3. We took our first test today! It was a practical exam covering the techniques we’ve been learning in lab the last few weeks. The crew sure knows how to relieve some test anxiety by having one station be M&Ms to snack on and hilarious “time’s up” announcements between each question.
4. All is well! We are happy, healthy (other than the minor bouts of seasickness), and learning tons!
P.S. Happy Birthday to my beautiful Mama! I love and miss you, Dad, and the cousins every day! I can’t wait to celebrate with you when I come home! Also, will you or Dad check me in for my flights at the end of the month? I LOVE YOU!