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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

May 07, 2016

Open ship and French baguettes

Gabrielle Page, 2nd assistant scientist

Ocean Exploration

From a tall hill on Raiatea, the view of Tahaa with Bora-Bora in the background

Ship's Log

16° 43.8’S x 151° 26.4’W

Description of location
Alongside Uturoa, Raiatea

Souls on Board

Ia’orana everybody, this is Gabo again writing with news of the Robert C. Seamans. Today’s schedule was a bit more leisurely than yesterday’s, as we spent the day welcoming visitors to our ship and overall enjoying the best of what land has to offer. While half of the students and crew guided people through our open ship event, the other half spent time walking around, catching up with their close ones, sipping fruit juice in the shade or stretching their legs on a hike. Most of the shops of Uturoa were closed on this Saturday afternoon so it was a quiet and relaxing time in town.

To the joy of many, we took our sailing dory Gene out in the afternoon and small groups of two went for a sail with 2nd mate Finn around the lagoon.

As the afternoon stretched into early evening, we bid farewell to Raiatea and cast our dock lines – but not before enjoying a snack of French baguettes and goat cheese, bien sûr. The students were quick to set sail, making many a crew member proud of how skilled they’ve become. As the silhouettes of nearby Huahine and Bora-Bora faded into the distance, we sailed out of the lagoon and steered for Moorea. It will be about a 120 nm journey to the island where we will spend our last day of program together at anchor. Nothing beats witnessing students high-five and celebrate their return to sea after they spent even just a couple of days on land. It makes us crew warm and fuzzy to see them love this as much as we do.

Sending our best from the South Pacific and a happy Mother’s Day to all our moms tomorrow,

- Gabo

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Ocean Exploration, • Topics: s265  port stops  polynesia. • (2) Comments
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#1. Posted by jake thamm on May 09, 2016

poem for tristan:

my son is sailor
a seaman of sorts
cavorting at anchorage
in the world’s seedy ports of call,
and all his mates
hate when they’re not out-to-sea
As she whispers to each
when they’re down on one knee
You shall wed not another,
no other than me.

love, dad.

#2. Posted by mc Page on May 09, 2016

I am sure all the moms out there are thrilled, like me, to hear such wonderful news from the ship.
Happy sailing and to all a “bonne continuation”, as they say in French Polynesia.



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