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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 09, 2015

Rocking n’ Rolling, Plus Milestones Reached!

Maya Thompson, C Watch, University of Connecticut, Avery Point

Oceans & Climate

Conard standing lookout at the bow! Photo Credit: Matt Hemler

Ship's Log

Current Position
39° 59.5’S x 154° 53.3’W

Course & Speed
Course Ordered 000, Course Steered 325; 6.5 knots or more

Sail Plan
Sailing under the 4 lowers - Mains’l , Main Stays’l, Fore Stays’l, Jib

Clear skies with occasional sprinkles of rain. Strong winds coming from SSW

Souls on Board

It has been eight days since we have seen any land or traffic and today was an exciting day for everyone aboard Mama Seamans. This morning our clocks changed to zone description +10, so the mid-watch only had three hours of watch. Then, as the afternoon watch took over, we hit 1600 miles sailed! We are more than half way through our cruise (in terms of distance)! Mama Seamans is also less than 900 miles from Ile Rapa, making us closer to the Austral  Islands than we are to the Chatham Islands. On top of all that, today is the day we turned left, heading north; we are finally on our way to warmer climates.

B Watch saw a pod of pilot whales earlier today that, when the rest of the boat found out, wished they had been told. Supposedly they were close to the boat, but swam away rapidly. I guess they were camera shy. During lookout today I thought I saw a grey dorsal fin come out of the water but then I did not see it again. It would be nice to see some wildlife other than birds. Hopefully as we continue to head north more fish and megafauna will appear by the boat.

Phase Two has also begun, where we, the students, begin to shadow the Mates and Scientists. For this phase, the Watch Officers switched around, allowing us to work with everyone. So that two of the Watch Officers did not have to do back to back watches Captain Rick Miller and Chief Scientist Deb Goodwin stood an evening watch. C Watch was the lucky watch! That night, as I stood lookout, the stars were bright in the sky during the period where the sun had set and the moon had not risen. During that hour, far off in the distance I begin to see a reddish-orange light and it begins to increase in size. The first thing that comes to mind is that it is a boat…could it be? We have not seen any other boats in days. Quickly walking back to the quarter deck to tell Captain there might be a boat in the horizon, he informed me that it was just the moon, slowly beginning to rise and lighten up the sky. So I head back to the bow and resume lookout, watching the moon appear. 

Spending the past few weeks sailing across the south Pacific Ocean, where not many people venture to, has been amazing! And we've got a few more weeks ahead of us! In the coming weeks there will be many more memories made, lessons learned, and sailing to experience. Shout-out to everyone back at home, family and friends: I hope you are having a fantastic spring and that it temperature is beginning to warm up...maybe by now the feet of snow has finally begun to melt? Miss and love you all! Looking forward to sharing my stories when I return.

- Maya

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: None • (2) Comments


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#1. Posted by Cindy Perkins on April 13, 2015

hey Maya
So fun to see your writing and watch all of the blogs
So happy for you to have this amazing experience. Sounds like you are enjoying and learning.  Gus says to say hi.  He is living in a new house where there are lots of deer. He tried to run through the sliding glass door to tell them who is boss here now but he forgot it was closed.

#2. Posted by Joan thompson on April 14, 2015

Hi Maya-I have been loving reading all of the blogs—and was happy to read yours yesterday! The trip sounds truly amazing in so many ways. You will have so many incredible stories to tell when you return home. Yes, spring has finally come to New England—with just a few rogue piles of snow left to remind us about the winter we just had. Much love, Mom



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