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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
November 20, 2017
Oops, We Forgot to Write the Blog Yesterday
34° 59’ 0” S x 174° 18’ 3” E
Course & Speed
course ordered 040°, course steered 010 at 3.7 knots
Sailing under the four lowers, one reef in the main
Cloudy, nice breeze, big swells
Hello from the open ocean!
It’s official, there is no land in sight. Just us and blue and gray for miles and miles, plus the occasional NZ Navy helicopter or the fancy cruise ship or 180-meter cargo on our radar. But, if we’re being honest, amidst lots of throwing up and a (literally) bumpy adjustment to life underway, S-276 forgot to write the blog yesterday. So, reader, travel back in time with me to Monday, November 20, 2017 at 1430 South Pacific time.
It’s a shorts day here on the Robert C. Seamans. We just left our anchor in the Bay of Islands and we’re slowly making our way off the coast, eventually headed northeast out to the Kermadecs. On our starboard side is Cape Brett, aka “hole in the rock” - and yes, there is a giant hole in the rock! They’re not lying. All I see is water to our port. Right now we’re not too far from the shoreline, but in a few hours there’ll be no land ahead for hundreds of miles.
The ocean is a big and scary place. Out here, everything is amplified, from an ingrown toe nail to a small oven fire that implodes from burning pumpkin seeds. It’s crucial that we’re ready to deal with emergency situations. For example, a man overboard (MOB) (why is everything gendered?), a fire and/or the possibility of an abandon ship scenario. So, for class today we’re doing safety drills. It’s reassuring to know that we can save ourselves if we need to. These are serious situations, and I know I speak for everyone on board when I say we’d rather not have to deploy a life raft or look for a tiny head bobbing in eight-foot swells, drifting away with the current. But, if we need to, we’re more than capable. Anyways, concerned readers, loved ones - we are alive, we are always cautious, we know how to turn the ship around to save a soul and how to put out a fire in Wayne’s World.
Tonight (last night? technically this morning?) A Watch is on duty from 0100 to 0700. I’m excited for the stars and a relatively quiet deck and of course the sweet mid-rat. But let’s be real here: it’s Tuesday afternoon and I already had Dawn Watch. It was dark and cloudy, there was some vomiting, but we got to see the sunrise and eat some of Jen’s zucchini bread. Nowadays there’s hummus that needs eating and microplastics that need counting. Fair winds, I’ll write again soon.
Safe time travels,
P.S. as per my high school yearbook page, big s/o to Mom and Dad, Maisie, Nellie and Eli, Devon my man, Ronnie, Jim & Selma, my squad, KCSB (hi guys, I’m doing lots of push-ups), Emma if you’re reading this, Molly (I’m thinking of your face), and significant others! Love to New Jersey and back.