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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
June 01, 2016
Setting Sails, Tying Knots, Living the Dream
7°28.0’S x 152°22.0’W
Description of location
Couple days South of the Equator
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.
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.