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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 28, 2014

Snorkling Rangiroa

Sarah Hamilton, A Watch,Colorado College

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Kate and Catherine aloft on the course yard, with Rangiroa in the background.

Ship's Log

Current Position
Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Course & Speed
At anchor

Sail Plan
Anchored in Rangiroa through Saturday night

Weather
Hot and calm, with scattered cumulus clouds and calm seas

There is no better way to end the 0300-0700 Dawn Watch than by watching the sun rise on the horizon while inhaling the scent of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. This morning, as A Watch prepared to turnover the watch and enjoy the delicious breakfast that awaited us, we got to watch the sun light up Rangiroa, our first port stop. We caught our first glimpse of the atoll last night, and then waited until this morning, when the current was right and everyone was awake, to motor sail through the entrance of the lagoon. We passed between two sandy, palm-tree lined beaches, and were greeted with our first dolphin sighting, which only a few were lucky enough to witness.

After putting down our anchor and furling sails, we prepared for the first adventure of the day: snorkeling around Rangiroa’s extensive coral reefs. According to the first mate, Jay, these reefs are one of the top five snorkeling and diving location in the Pacific. We believed him as soon as we had caught our first glimpses of the huge diversity of coral and other organisms that live beneath the clear blue waters of Rangiroa’s lagoon. Some of the favorite creatures spotted were: an octopus, sharks (the not-dangerous-to human variety, or so I’m told), moray eels, a wide variety of beautifully colored fish, and sea cucumbers, my personal favorite. Every once in a while, I poked my head up from the water to take a look at our home, Mama Seamans, resting peacefully at anchor in the distance.

After exploring the underwater world, we got our first chance to go aloft in the rigging. We carefully strapped into harnesses and then climbed one at a time up the rigging on the foremast. The braver among us used the opportunity to take beautiful pictures of the atoll and surrounding ocean expanses, while I clung fearfully to the mast, contemplating my height above the deck. Before we are allowed to go aloft again, we will have to complete our First Week Skills Checklist, which includes things from knowing all the ship’s lines to memorizing the position of every single fire extinguisher on the ship. We have been working hard throughout the week to help each other with these skills.

Check in tomorrow to learn about our first land adventures since we set sail last Sunday, as we go ashore on Rangiroa to continue research for our projects. Much love to Mom, Dad, and Sissy, and Ahoy! to all my favorite goofs back home! I haven’t gotten seasick in case you were wondering, knock on wood. Fair winds!

- Sarah

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s252  port stops  polynesia. • (0) Comments
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