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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 27, 2015

Passage to Wellington

Molly Lefanowicz, A Watch, University of Michigan

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Above: A-Watch (minus Jill and Janet) at the end of our first truly windy Dawn Watch, and (below) the impromptu Harry Potter reading group

Ship's Log

Current Position
41°58.4’S x 174°39.1’E

Location
About 30 miles offshore South Island, nearby Cape Campbell

Log
1173 miles

Weather
Sunny with blue skies, high of about 18° Celsius (That’s right Mom and Dad… we’ve finally cracked the metric code)

Souls on Board

Life teems and excitement stirs as our passage to Wellington nears an end. Today, we headed south into the productive, Chatham Rise waters to obtain a little more data and information on what lives and thrives in the colder southerly current.  Thanks to those extra few degrees of south latitude, we encountered swarming albatross aplenty, (who seem to know the ins and outs of the waves better than Mama Seamans herself) a few seals, basking and fishing in the chilly water; and even a glimpse of a pair of pilot whales, mother and child, lumbering by.

After that quick diversion south, we returned to our course, heading northwest towards Wellington with a plan to arrive a day early, ahead of some arriving weather in the Cook Strait. Despite our satisfaction with the two-week passage, I think it’s safe to say that we are all ready to get our eyes and feet onto some land. Especially after Wednesday’s cold front (which we learned about in class, your children are now basically meteorologists, no need to ever fret about the weather again) blew through two days ago. With the onset of brisk winds, we were given an excuse to finally bust out our new Helly Hansen foul weather gear, and those of us on watch were gripping on to whatever line, pole, or shipmate we could, to feel a little less like we were on a ride at Universal Studios. 

The windy night that followed provided us with our first real and thrilling experience at sea, and gave us reason to understand why we take such great care of our ship and our shipmates.

With our settlement into the life of a sailor, some interesting developments have evolved, such as the impromptu Harry Potter read alouds where we discovered Claudia is our very own Hermione, or hours of hair braiding by Lauren, the Chef, on her only day off (shout out Lauren).  As mentioned above, despite all this, we are all excited to for our return to land sweet land.  A certain particularly tall shipmate decided yesterday his first move will be to lay down on the wharf and hug the land itself, and Chris asked “should we all just start to cry loudly when we dock?” But with all jokes aside, the past two weeks have been an exciting, wonderful, whirlwind experience (sometimes perhaps too literally), and I’m excited to continue onward, get those land legs back, and see what Wellington is all about. 

- Molly

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