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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 07, 2017

Roaring Forties Come Roaring Back!

Spencer Herda, C Watch, sailing intern

Ocean Exploration

Albatross in its natural habitat

Ship's Log

Noon Position
43° 18.2’S x 170° 40.0’W

Description of location
Made it on to a new chart! Still in the middle of the South Pacific!

Ship Heading
040° PCS

Ship Speed
6 knots


Weather / Wind (from 1300 Watch Change)
Intermittent squalls. Some breaks in mostly total cloud cover. 15 degrees C.  Gusts up to 45 knots.

Sail Plan
Sailing under only the main stays’l due to the high winds. Seas 13 feet up to 18 feet.

Souls on Board

Well! Dawn watch had an interesting time as the weather arose seemingly out of nowhere (it is hard to see cloud activity in the dark). Near the end of our watch it really picked up and we had to strike the jib and storm trys'l before breakfast. The captain gave us compliments on our no complaints attitude as we were called back on deck to finish some sail handling, especially Carina's helmsmanship in the peak of the squall! Way to go C Watch!

We have been making good speed due to the unfortunate lack of science stations and the help of the roaring forties. Class was held in the saloon and students had their first opportunities to meet as groups with their project mentors. It seems everything is coming together more and more every day. We entered international waters yesterday leaving New Zealand's exclusive economic zone.  We have a ways to go ahead of us and a sound crew to make it though.

Cheers all!

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Ocean Exploration, • Topics: s272  life at sea  sailing • (0) Comments
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