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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

June 01, 2016

Setting Sails, Tying Knots, Living the Dream

Heather Crosby, Sewanee: University of the South

Pacific Reef Expedition

2, 6, Heave Johann, Farley, Heather PC: Jeff.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
7°28.0’S x 152°22.0’W

Description of location
Couple days South of the Equator

Ship Heading

Ship Speed

Taffrail Log
794.6 nm

Souls on Board

Wow what an adventure this has been. I feel as though everyone is well on the way to becoming true mariners. I can confidently say that I have never learned so much so quickly and actually felt as though the information was being retained. A large part of the day was spent hastily learning knots and lines, as part of our phase one objectives list. Knots that I now know include the bowline, figure-eight, reef knot, a double sheet bend, a rolling hitch, and a round turn & two half hitches. We all took class time to solidify the process of gibing. It was a great opportunity to bring together all of the frantic line hauling I had been doing into a fluid activity. 

While learning the true responsibilities of being a mariner, I have realized that mariners by nature do not see dreaded obstacles, but only challenges that allow for adventure and growth. Among my personal obstacles include snorkeling with sharks. While they were only black tip and greys, it was humbling to be in the presence of such a beautifully strong animal. Next on the list was tackling my fear of heights by going aloft.  Deep breathes, rationalizations, and the always encouraging Farley coached me to the lower yard.  When I felt that I had given it my best effort, he kindly objected and insisted that I could take a few more steps higher. When fear was clouding my view of what I was capable of, he helped me clear it away to achieve this goal. I felt so alive as I swayed with the swells and took in a bird’s eye view of Mama Seamans, our tiny home so bravely pushing ahead in the vastly intimidating Pacific Ocean.  This small climb was not much to some but to me, it was a great stride in overcoming my fear of heights.  So thanks, Farley.

Especially within A watch, but also across the entirety of the ship’s community, we have begun to realize that being at sea has revealed a great lesson.  Every day you have to give your all. It doesn’t matter if that is an all-time best or the best you can be at that moment. When all of these best efforts are combined, the group can maintain 100 percent and achieve the desired goals. With this attitude, our little community in the middle of the Pacific has begun to feel like home no matter where we float up to next. This is the best combination for conducting work safely, while achieving everyone’s personal goals.

After motor sailing a good portion of our journey, we have finally been experiencing the trade winds, resulting in great sailing, hopefully right up to the equatorial crossing. Within the next few days expect a blog describing our equatorial crossing celebration, and for those so inclined possible head shavings. I do not plan on rocking the bald look, but a side
shave is in the works; maybe a wave design? Who knows? Any relief from the suffocating mop of hair in the equatorial heat will be very much enjoyed.
Stay tuned.

Best wishes to those on land,

P.S. Friends and Family, I know ya’ll have your usual worries but everything is more than great. I feel awesome. Only wish I could share these memories with ya’ll. I cannot thank all of ya’ll enough for helping me get to this point in my life and take advantage of so many opportunities along the way. Hope to talk to everyone soon.  Much LOVE!

P.P.S.  Hallie, I hope you are settling into your new Hawaiian home comfortably.  Most of my very vivid boat dreams have questioned your well-being. Maybe a twin thing. Not sure. Miss you. Love you.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Pacific Reef Expedition, • Topics: s267  life at sea • (7) Comments


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Sofina Crosby on June 02, 2016

We are enjoying all the wonderful stories, and pictures.  Glad for everyone having this opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time making fond memories. A big shout out from ALABAMA to Heather Crosby, way to go girl, I   knew you could do it.  We Love You and Miss You!

#2. Posted by betty crosby on June 02, 2016

enjoy the blogs so much!Such an exciting adventure good to know that you all are learning so much. HEATHER love and hugs from home also go easy on the hair!!Haha

#3. Posted by Daphne Cannon on June 03, 2016

Glad to hear everyone is enjoying their trip and learning things while on the voyage. This will be a memory of a lifetime and great work experience. Heather, looks like you are building up some muscles. Glad to hear that you are working on overcoming some of your fears. WE miss you but enjoy and have a good time. See you soon!! Love you, Daphne

#4. Posted by Ricky Campbell on June 03, 2016

I am glad to see that everything is going so well and you all are having a safe voyage.  What a wonderful learning experience.  Heather I can’t wait to hear about this adventure when you get back to some dry ground. By the time you read this it might be too late, but I agree with Ms Betty.  You might should sleep on that hair thing before you rush to those clippers. (lol) You be careful and stay safe. I am very proud of you!

#5. Posted by Nancy on June 03, 2016

Enjoying the blogs and photos. Good for you Heather and all your mates for pushing beyond your fears and comfort! Inspiring to us all! Miss and love you Hannah

#6. Posted by David swanson on June 03, 2016

So nice to hear the stories and the food sounds like it’s much appreciated. Hello to our left handed sword fighting bearded Mandarin speaking Philip . Philip- we had dinner last night with the photographer who went down in a French deep sea submersible and filmed the Titanic. Share that story when you are on dry land. Loki and Fenrir miss you.

#7. Posted by Hallie Crosby on June 04, 2016

Hi Heather,

It’s good to hear you are enjoying the trip and don’t feel trapped on the boat. I’m glad you were able to make it to the top!! And yeah your dreams are pretty accurate….it’s been rough getting settled in here. I hope it gets better, but it’s hard when I don’t really have friends here and I can’t find a part time job in my field that I can continue as I work on my masters. I probably feel more trapped on this island than you do on the boat. I can’t wait for you to get here!!! Have fun and I will offer my consolations for your somewhat bald head when you arrive. And don’t worry about me; I will be fine.



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