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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 06, 2017
44° 33.8’S x 172° 07.9’W
Description of location
About the same place as yesterday as we drifted back the way we came while hove to
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan (from 1300 Watch Change)
Fast moving clouds and a drop in temperature. Winds from NNW along with 7ft swells from NxW.
We woke up to the sound of rattling and banging this morning, along with a change in how the boat tossed and turned us in our bunks, just a few moments before B watch (my watch) was to be woken up for Dawn Watch from 0100-0700.
I could hear the captain's loud voice, even though he was on the foredeck and I was far aft in the bunk area known as Sleepy Hollow. I quickly pulled on my layers and foulies, heading up to the Dog House to see what the commotion was about. As we huddled in our watch group along with some of the off-coming A watch, we were told that the Fore Stays'l had decided to rip in the mid 40 knot winds. With the rain pouring, wind howling, and boat rolling, we discussed a plan to keep our watch rotation going while staying safe.
Yet as soon as we had a new rotation going, with two of us on boat watch and the others on boat checks, lab hourlies, recording the weather, and the like, in what seemed like only an instant, the weather calmed. The wind blew at around 20 knots, the rain stopped, and the sky cleared. We all climbed on deck to find the stars twinkling and a beautiful moon-bow (think night rainbow!) arching across the Milky-Way. Our luck had changed!
Although the swells stayed rather large, with the water coming eye-level or above on the quarterdeck before we rolled over it, the rest of the morning remained pretty uneventful. We were even lucky enough to see the International Space Station orbit by us as the sun began to peep up over the horizon.
I ended watch feeling ready for breakfast and ready for bed, but also grateful to have experienced what I have so far. Although there are challenges, there are also countless priceless and pretty indescribable moments.
With a little help from my shipmates, I wrote the poem below to try and capture some of the ups and downs currently in our lives aboard the Seamans:
Whattsah Gurl TadOooo? (To be read in a Scottish accent)
When her harness is wet
And she doesn't know her lines yet
When the Taffrail line gets caught
And the engine room is too hot
When she forgets she's on the ocean
And she just wants a sea-sickness potion
When she can't stand up straight
And she always seems to be running late
Then there are cookies for midnight snack
And she learns how to gybe and tack
Then she gets to stand watch on the bow
And a Neuston tow, she knows how
Then she gets a good night of sleep
And she can close a door without a peep
Then she doesn't feel so scrappy
And she actually feels kind of happy
P.S. Love you Mom, Dad, Alex, and any friends who are following along!