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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 30, 2014

Rangiroa Swizzle

Emma Van Scoy, C Watch, Warren Wilson College


Final swim call in Rangiroa lagoon.

Ship's Log

Current Position
NE of Rangiroa (14° 28.0’ S x 147° 18.0’ W)

Course & Speed
Sailing NNE at around 6 knots

Sail Plan
Sailing under the stays’ls, mains’l, and jib

Quite varied today, currently cloudy with a good breeze

Last night’s swizzle was a great way to spend our final evening in Rangiroa, and we all gathered on the quarterdeck for a variety of festivities. After honoring Neptune, we appreciated the rare opportunity to relax and spend time with those on other watch schedules. Once Nikesh brought out his guitar, there was plenty of music and singing until a bit of passing rain sent most people down into their bunks to grab a few hours of sleep before starting their anchor watch shifts.

This morning it was back to work as we completed an all hands deck wash to get Seamans shiny and clean before departure. You would not believe the amount of dirt and grime that accumulated on all of those surfaces within our first week, though if you try to imagine many sweaty, sunscreen-covered people using any available surface to remain upright while getting used to life at sea, you might start to get the idea. Once we had finished cleaning decks, removing rust, and scrubbing the hull, it was time for a surprise swim call! This one last chance to jump into the stunningly blue lagoon was much appreciated!

As soon as all hands were back on board it was time to leave Rangiroa behind and return to the open ocean. While we’re now quickly shifting back into the rhythm of life at sea as the watch schedule returns and sails are set, the cleaning was hardly over. As we’ve now heard and experienced, “a clean ship is a happy ship” and so instead of class this afternoon it was time for our weekly field day! During this time we separated into watch groups to divide and conquer for a thorough cleaning of all areas below decks. I headed aft with the rest of C Watch to deep clean everything from the heads (bathrooms) to the soles (floors). Our energy was maintained throughout this afternoon of cleaning by various means, from music playing loudly in each part of the ship to candy distributed by our lovely steward Nina to the knowledge that we were all working alongside one another to keep our home in good condition. I think it’s safe to say we’ll all sleep quite well tonight, and we certainly can drift off to the many incredible experiences we’ve had during our days in Rangiroa.

About to head off for a bit more sleep prior to Mid Watch (2300 - 0300), but sending much love back home to friends and family and hope you’re all doing well! I also haven’t completely lost track of time at sea, so, as it’s still March 30th here, I wanted to wish very happy birthdays to a few of you, especially to my grandmother - thank you for passing along your independent and adventurous spirit! I know neither of us ever expected it to lead me to the middle of the Pacific, but just know that I’m happy, safe, having a wonderful time, and they’re feeding me plenty of good food six times a day!

- Emma

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