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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
February 04, 2014
S251 Weblog 04 February 2014
17° 02.3’S x 147° 54.8’W
En route to Fakarava
Course and Speed
060° / 7.1 knots
Docked then underway for the first time!
Squally-intermittent soaking rain to a most beautiful sunrise
We woke in the morning to pouring rain: the day of our departure to go to sea. In Tahiti, though, this rain is incredibly refreshing, as we’d been sizzling on the docks since arrival. The water was calling to us. We spent our morning hours discussing and training in emergency procedures: man overboard, fire/flooding, and abandon ship. Students practiced donning immersion suits, which is illustrated in the included photo. Students describe the process as steaming like lobsters in a rubbery shell. We got underway in a downpour, and Rachel piloted us out of an incredibly skinny cut in the reef-her first time at the helm!
Students set a few sails, but we fully expected to begin motoring to Fakarava, since the wind is never supposed to be in favor for a transit between the two islands. Yet Neptune, or perhaps the spirit of Faafaite, whipped up a fresh wind and here we are at 0600, 70 nautical miles out from Tahiti, sailing along beautifully under the mainsl, mainstaysl, forestaysl, and jib (the famous four lowers) to the most beautiful sunrise we could have imagined.
With the sunrise came a respite from seasickness (no more puking!) and Midori and Dominique have lived to tell the tale.
(Asst. Scientist) and C watch