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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

February 26, 2019

Thoughts from Lookout

Luke Kellett, B watch, Allegheny College

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Little blue penguin. Don’t worry, I didn’t touch the penguins.

Ship's Log

Current Position
37°27.094E, 176°36.832E

Ship’s Heading & Speed
067°m, 6.8kts

Weather
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.

Souls on board

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

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s284  study abroad • (4) Comments
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#1. Posted by Pamela T Kellett on February 27, 2019

Fishing report please!!!


#2. Posted by Pamela Tenner Kellett on February 27, 2019

I loved the penguin report! Wishing you fair winds and a following sea though it looks like 30 knots on the nose! Miss you!


#3. Posted by Susan Tenner on February 27, 2019

Hi Luke-
Little blue penguins are almost as cute as bear cubs!  Loved reading your impressions from the deck and tracking your route. Big hugs from all of us in Brooklyn. Hope you enjoy life @SEA!  Xo Auntie Q


#4. Posted by Helene Tenner on February 28, 2019

Hi Luke, Loved reading your report.It sounds like you are becoming quite a professional sailor. I am returning to the land of snow and sleet after 5 weeks in Florida. Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. Love, Grandma


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