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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

May 28, 2018

Perfect Timing

Andrew Shaw, A-Watch, Eckerd College

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Above: The narrow pass into the lagoon of Rangiroa. Below: A dolphin spotted while waiting for the perfect moment outside Rangiroa

Ship's Log

Current Position
14°58.5’S, 147°38.2’W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Anchored at Rangiroa

Sail Plan
Anchored

Weather
Abundant Cumulus Clouds including a few Cumulonimbus clouds; Wind Speed 10 knots coming from ENE; Temperature 28 C; Sunny; Calm seas

Souls on board

Today we arrived at Rangiroa. The journey here was not so simple, however!

We diligently navigated our path to Rangiroa, spotting it from afar during our 11-3 Midwatch shift. We sailed the first half of the day and a little more, arriving at the pass at about 14:00. We were ready to navigate the tricky, narrow pass, and get into the water to orient ourselves with the reef. The tides had other plans. Patiently waiting for high tide to subside, we looped in circles until 16:30, when the tides shifted from going in to a lull, providing us precision steering and superior control of the vessel. It was at this point when we began our movement through the channel. Through teamwork and communication, we made our way into the lagoon, and dropped anchor at 17:00, just in time for a magnificent sunset, and an even more jaw-dropping full moon.

Throughout the day we reinforced our lab and sailing skills, and in the evening we all got together for an all-hands dinner, and continued our studying of differing fishes, invertebrates, and corals in preparation for our first official reef survey tomorrow. With full bellies and blissful excitement, we rest up for the long day ahead.

Sincerely,

A-watch member Andrew Shaw, Eckerd College.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Pacific Reef Expedition, • Topics: s280  polynesia.  study abroad • (4) Comments
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#1. Posted by Doug DeWitt on May 29, 2018

Hi Rowan,
Thinking about you and hoping you are having an amazing time and enjoying the night sky. Love reading the blog entries and looking forward to yours! Love, Dad and Mom.


#2. Posted by Kelli on May 30, 2018

Thinking about each and every one of you as you have embarked upon the journey of a lifetime for individual reasons yet coming together to work as a cohesive family sharing one common goal.  I am honored (and a wee bit proud) that my daughter is a part of this, as I am sure all of your families are as well!  Thank you all for giving of yourselves, your compassion and your passion, for the betterment of our oceans.  Happy Happy Birthday Tiffany!! I know this is one you will never forget! I love you to the stars and beyond.  Mom


#3. Posted by Stacy Landis on May 30, 2018

Happy happy birthday Tiffany


#4. Posted by Dot Shaw on May 31, 2018

Andrew, so how did the sunset compare to South Beach?!  Hope you had a great day doing the reef surveys on Rangiroa; did you see see an octopus?  Looks like Carolina Atoll is another great area to survey.  The posts from all the crew are great.
Love all back at home


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