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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
March 24, 2014
Sailing Day for S252
Seven miles North of the island of Tahiti
Course & Speed
North by West at 4.5 knots
Fore and main staysails
Cloudy with occasional rain showers
The long anticipated day finally is here. Sailing day! But; there is still some education and training before we get underway.
The students were ashore for the morning conducting interviews and having conversations with local residents as part of their course work to learn about the customs and culture of Tahitians. One of them interviewed a local fisherman and came away with quite a bit of information regarding the politics and jurisdiction of the Tahitian fishing industry. Tuna fishing is very important to the local economy. They also had a last shopping opportunity at the local market area. Most of them purchased a pair of loose fitting and colorful pants at a local store. They look very comfortable and perfect for this climate.
Back aboard at 1230 we had an all hands lunch and then mustered to conduct a fire drill, abandon ship and man overboard drills. Despite the heat everyone donned one of the heavy neoprene suits that would be worn if we had to abandon the ship.
At 1530 our line handlers came down to the ship to cast off the lines prior to getting underway. However, a port official gave me a clearance document that would be needed at the next ports and unfortunately it had the previous Captains name on it. It took about 15 minutes but he returned with the correct paper and we were then free to depart.
It feels great to be under sail again. The weather is moderate and tonight we’ll sail with just the two staysails while all hands learn their watch routines and get used to making log entries and doing boat checks under way. There will be plenty of time to set additional sail as skills are refined.