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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 04, 2014

S251 Weblog 04 February 2014

Elaine Maskus, A Watch, Wesleyan University

Ship's Log

Current Position
16° 50.7’S x 146° 53.1’W
Course and Speed
050° / 5.2 knots
Sail Plan
Sailing with the 4 lowers (main, mainstaysl, forestaysl, jib)
Partly cloudy skies with a nice breeze.  Beautiful.

Today has been a day of firsts for many of us students.  It is our first full day at sea! A and B watch have had their first 6 hour watch, which the weather has made incredibly easy.  We all met on the quarterdeck for our first class at 1430 this afternoon and got to see the hydrocast deployed to collect water samples to 600 meters depth, as well as talk about our experiences in Papeete with Moohono. It is amazing how much you can learn in such a short time! During our morning watch we all learned so much about navigation and how the ship works.  Lauren spent the morning with the engineers and learned about how sustainable we have been using our fuel and water since leaving the dock, and Patrick did our first celestial navigation plot.  We have all gotten experience behind the helm, setting and striking sails, and doing boat checks.  I went into dry storage today for our steward, Sayzie.  Its crazy how many places there are to store food on this ship!

The weather has really made today go by well. The wind died and we had to switch the engine back on around 1100 this morning, but after a few hours were able to turn it off again. We have been making good time, and out on deck is unbelievably pleasant.

We are on track to arrive at Fakarava midday tomorrow.  We went over some of the logistics of the arrival as well as the watch schedule while we are at port.  Fakarava is a very different island type than Tahiti and we are all excited to see the differences as well as explore what the atoll has to offer.

The seasickness has pretty much ended after not hitting most of us too hard.  Im not sure if this has to do with us getting used to the motion of the boat or the great sea and weather state.  Either way I hope it keeps


Happy birthday, Dad!

Smooth Sailing!


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