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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 19, 2015

The Ingredients for a Perfect Day

Nicole Abib, C Watch, Cornell University

Oceans & Climate

A beautiful sunrise from the bow.

Ship's Log

Current Position
27° 48.7’ S x 144° 30.9’ W

Course & Speed
060° true at 5kts

Sail Plan
Two stays’ls and the Jib

Sunshine with a spattering of cumulus clouds

Souls on Board

There aren’t many perfect days in life, but living aboard the Robert C. Seamans certainly provides opportunities a plenty. On land, one might not usually associate being woken up at 0230 by a friend whispering your name and giving you a brief weather report with a good day, but after you groggily put your harness on and stumble onto deck, the first thing that greets you is a night sky full of stars. I took lookout for the first hour of watch and was able to take the opportunity to enjoy the expanse of stars (while dutifully looking for boats and other hazards, of course). As we move northward, some familiar constellations, such as the Big Dipper, are beginning to appear low on the horizon. After my turn on lookout, our
baggy-wrinkle-skirt-sporting Junior Watch Officer (yay, Phase 3!), Audrey, and I calculated the time of twilight. This allowed us to have our twice daily “Star Frenzy,” measuring the height of the stars in order to get a celestial fix on our current location, all under the backdrop of a beautiful sunrise. To end our solid dawn watch, I was back on lookout, taking in the
sunrise and singing the snippets of songs that I remember from back when we were still in touch with modern technology.

After dawn watch and a delicious breakfast of pancakes and popcorn, we enjoyed our version of the “weekend,” or two 6-hour watches off. Usually, this time is spent catching up on sleep or project work, but with the hope of sighting land in the near future, very few people capitalized on those opportunities. Around 0930, A Watch first caught a glimpse of Île Rapa, Nevin shouting the satisfactory “Land Ho!” 17 days since our last view of the Chatham Islands. In the distance, you could just make out a few humps of grey, marking the island’s steep topography. Since then, people have been lounging in the sun on deck, playing the violin, ukulele, and banjo, and keeping an eye on Île Rapa as we slowly make our way closer. Although we will not anchor there, it is exciting, and almost unreal, to see Île Rapa jutting out of the middle of the Pacific Ocean. As we continue to enjoy the sunshine and music, surrounded by friends and the ocean, it’s hard to imagine how life could get any better than this.

Back at home, happy birthday to Liz and Natalie! I am so grateful for all of my wonderful friends and family who encouraged me to take advantage of this once in a life time opportunity, and I can’t wait to share my stories with you.

- Nicole

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s258 • (3) Comments
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#1. Posted by Osmar on April 20, 2015

Nicole - We are thrilled to hear from you and all of the souls on board the Seamans - enjoy the experience to the fullest!!! Dad

#2. Posted by Kathy on April 20, 2015

It is so great to hear from you and hear that you are having many “perfect day” opportunities!! 

We are all eagerly awaiting your return (especially Babushka!)

Love, Mom

#3. Posted by Lannie on April 23, 2015

Awesome Nicole!!!!!!  You get to come home to Zanobia who is adorable.  I love your adventurous spirit.  It reminds me of someone. Several people actually.  Big Turtle loved to sail.



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