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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
November 28, 2017
29° 28.20’ S x 178° 03.21’ W
Course & Speed
course ordered and steered is 005°, 3.5 kt
Sailing under the four lowers
Warm, partly cloudy, breezy
Dear blog reader,
Today marks the beginning of our first phase change. Prior to today, our watch officers and assistant scientists were responsible for ensuring sailing and science were happening according to plan. In phase 1 we proved ourselves capable of taking on the next big challenge. What will this challenge look like? The students will be expected to know how to operate many functions of the ship, whether it’s sail handling or our scientific procedures. If we are uncertain, we will be expected to figure things out on our own, with the watch officers and assistant scientists standing by to make sure we don’t break anything, get hurt or get too far off course.
In addition to having this new and exciting responsibility shift onto us, we are also rotating watch officers and assistant scientists. So the lovely friends who had been standing watch with us for the past two weeks will be standing watch with a different watch group! How dare they! This is actually really exciting because it allows us students to see the different styles and expertise of the mates and scientists onboard. But it is a bit sad, and some watches seem to be taking it worse than others. In fact, some watch groups have developed various symbols of what you might call “watch pride”. C watch in particular comes to mind. Before I went to sleep last night I heard them preforming some ritualistic dance on deck and when I woke they were sporting grease-pencil handlebar mustaches.
In other news, WE SAW A WHALE! Just after Lindsey and I performed our abdominals and arm circuit, and directly before our class on celestial navigation, we saw a spout of water between us and the horizon. Sure enough, there were two small whales saying hello to us as we approached our destination, Raoul Island.
- Evening Primrose
P.S. Happy belated 50th birthday mom and happy early 50th birthday dad!!!