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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
No Land in Sight
36°01.7’S x 176°19.4’E
Mains’l, Main Stays’l, Forestays’l, Jib
Sunny and blue skies all around
Hello folks back home!
Today marks our first full day of the longest leg of our trip: 13 days until we reach Wellington. As I write this, I am sitting on top of the “dog house,” the room where we do all of our piloting and navigation. The ocean meets the sky in every direction, with no land separating the two shades of blue.
This morning (12:30am), Jenna woke me up for Dawn Watch. I groggily put my feet over the edge of my bunk, grabbed my harness, and headed up on deck. As I stepped outside, I saw a full sail and a sky sprinkled with stars, the full moon’s reflection dancing in the waves around us. I could hear the sound of the rudder, singing as it pierced through the water below. It sounds like a soft fog horn, a comforting hum that reminds me of home. Towards the end of our watch, I stood lookout and watched the sun rise just off the port bow, causing the sky to radiate a deep blood orange. Sea birds swooped inches over the waves, the tips of their feathers trailing in the water; all I could hear was the soft thumping of their wings against the wind.
Just as we were finishing up Dawn Watch, Sarah, our AMAZING steward, spotted a pod of ~70 dolphins. They swam closer to our boat, jumping in and out of the water until they reached the bow, where a few of them surfed in the wake and looked up at the heads of 15 delighted faces peering over the side. I swear, they were smiling at us. Talk about a way to start the morning, huh? I don’t think it’s possible to get much better than this.
When I’m not on watch, I often find myself sitting out on the bowsprit or tucked up next to a furled sail to watch the sunset over the blue horizon. I am constantly reminded of something my dad often tells me (Hi, Daddy!!), which is that it’s the only February 27th, 2016 I’m ever going to get, so I better soak it all up and find the joy and beauty in even the smallest, most routine parts of the day. I can confidently say that I’m doing just that; the days here are full of adventure, curiosity, and energizing work. The sun is bright, the wind is at our back, and I have some of the best shipmates I could ask for. We are so lucky to be where we are.
A special shout out to my dear familia, in particular, Grammy and Grandy: I see you, your curi-osity, and your love of the ocean in everything I do here. Tomorrow I will learn to climb up 116 feet into the rigging. It feels like just yesterday that I was climbing the mast on Portunous under your excited and watchful eyes.
PS! As I was writing this, I saw a whale, five more dolphins, and some hammerhead sharks. I’m pinching myself.