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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
May 28, 2016
Sailing under a full stack and Field Day!
13° 12.5’ S x 148° 16.0’ W
Description of location
144 nm NNW of Rangirora
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan (from 1300 Watch Change)
Motorsailing on a stbd tack under stays’ls at 1300 rpm. Winds are northerly F3, seas NxE 5’, skies overcast cumulus.
Last night was a momentous occasion. For the first time on this trip we set the full stack, and were zipping along without motoring. Within a few hours of departing our anchorage at Rangirora the students set the forestays’l and mainstays’l, set the tops’l, set the raffee, struck the forestays’l, set the course, and set the mains’l. Being the diligent students they are, there was hardly a misstep as we set more sails than we have had all trip. As the sun set and the Milky Way came out in its full glory, we sailed along under the Southern Cross in a clear sky through the night.
Unfortunately we went back to motoring in the morning, but as 1400 rolled around, another important moment presented itself, in the form of our first field day! Field day is a very important time for everyone on board as well as for the ship. At the usual class time everyone mustered on the quarterdeck so the crew could explain what exactly a field day entails. With Farley acting as narrator, the students made their way around the deck, encountering different species of mung (dirt) and the valiant hunters who clean up the mung.
This entire scene was superbly portrayed by different members of the crew. A rousing call for all to turn to and clean! For the first time since boarding in Pape’ete music could be heard playing loudly from every nook and cranny, which made cleaning a welcome and enjoyable prospect. A watch took everything out of the galley and scrubbed it down on deck while B and C watches cleaned everywhere below decks, forward and aft respectively. Bulkheads and overheads were scrubbed, shower curtains cleaned, and brass polished. After an exhausting yet satisfying two and a half hours, we stood down and celebrated our Chief Mate’s birthday with some amazing homemade smoothies.
We’re looking forward to a couple more days of sailing, and soon our arrival at Karoraina Atoll for more snorkel surveys!
Hello to everyone back on shore! To Cash and Rutley: I finally went swimming with sharks yesterday! I’ll show you video as soon as I get home.