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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
November 16, 2017
Sailing for Science!
36° 50’ 00.1” x S 174° 51’ 63.0” E
Course & Speed
34° True at 1.1 Knots
Transiting North towards Russell
Overcast with pockets of sunshine
Our first full day at sea! Waking up to a gorgeous sunrise at anchor this morning, we set the sails and continued towards Russell. Throughout the day, we’ve been rotating watches focusing on applying all of our newfound skills in navigating, plotting courses, and catnaps. Around 1400, all hands gathered for our first actual class of the voyage. We discussed our current position (roughly 60 nautical miles North of Auckland), sail plan, and weather forecast before diving into sail handling 2.0.
Once we cruise 12 nautical miles off the coast, we’ll be doing a science deployment twice daily. Science deployments involve towing nets or collecting samples off the port side, which means we need to pretty precisely park a 100+ foot sailboat in the middle of the ocean. Thankfully, we’re not parallel parking out here. To do that, we heave-to on the port side, maneuvering the sails to work against one another. After some practice turning the boat around and around in circles in the name of science and education, class was dismissed and everyone resumed life at sea. Personally, I’m excited for the 1900-0100 watch tonight as it should give me some time to gaze up at the stars and hopefully observe the Southern Cross off our stern. The RCS has a pretty incredible library of books onboard, ranging from We the Navigators by David Lewis to a children’s book about sled dogs.
Six weeks reading, sailing, and doing science is looking pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Love you bigger than the ocean 40 nautical miles Vandor family!