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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
February 26, 2019
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Ship’s Heading & Speed
We are sailing under clear skies. A light breeze (force 2) blows from the Northeast. Seas are 1ft or less and the air temperature is a pleasant 22° C.
We spent a pleasant morning catching up on sleep and academic work while anchored about three-quarters of a mile off the beach, outside of Tauranga Harbor. Debates at breakfast centered around whether the haze we were seeing along the shoreline was windblown sand or mist blown from the top of breaking waves. At 1300 hours I took the watch with my fellow B watch mates.
After taking the deck the plan was to sail off the hook. This is apparently an unusual opportunity and excited the crew greatly. While prepping sails to sail off the hook someone spotted four little blue penguins swimming about 75 meters off the port bow. Penguin observation delayed our departure from anchorage by about 20 minutes but almost no one complained. Little blue penguins are probably the least impressive penguins on earth.
From a distance they look like a duck that sits a little bit too low in the water. Nevertheless, seeing penguins in the wild was quite exciting. After the penguins paddled out of sight we hauled back the anchor and quickly set sail. We sailed for about half an hour before starting the engine and motor-sailing northeast.
- Luke Kellett, B watch, Allegheny College