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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

October 01, 2019

Tonga, here we come!

Sally Chew, B Watch, Hawai’I Pacific University


C Watch furling the jib!

Ship's Log

Current Position
18°10.8’S 173°27.7’W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
215° at 5.0 Km

Nice tropical weather, scattered showers. We had a beautiful sunset!

Souls on board

Tomorrow morning we will arrive in Vava’u, Tonga! In preparation for our arrival, today was field day. We spent our allotted class time today cleaning the entire ship. Dividing the chores up between watches, we conquered the task in 2 full hours. Prior to the cleaning, we had a friendly relay race among the watches to see who could identity any given pin (where the lines are fastened) and line. Right when the race began, it started raining on us adding an extra challenge! Against all odds, all the groups tied!!

Today was so much fun, but I can’t wait for tomorrow’s dawn watch! I am thrilled to be able to watch the sunrise and be able to see Tonga on the horizon. I am hoping I will be on look-out and be able to holler “LAND HO!!” (This has been my personal goal for this trip.)

Considering tomorrow will be class S-288’s first time docking the boat to port, we will need all the rest we can get to get the job done in a timely fashion.

Signing off,   

Sally Chew, B Watch (Best Watch!), Hawai’I Pacific University

P.S. All students, including myself, who had a difficult time gaining our sea legs have all recovered! A few days in and everyone has been participating in their watches as much as they can give. Couldn’t be prouder
of my mates. 

P.S.S Happy October First!!

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Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Vivien Moreno on October 03, 2019

So proud of you Ms Sally Chew!! Learn, share, grow and know you are precious and part of the positive solution! Vivien

#2. Posted by Pilar Keyes on October 03, 2019

I hope you got to call out Land Ho Sally!  It sounds like you are enjoying doing the watches… and I guess “A Smooth Sea Never Made A Skillful Sailor”!
Maren you look fabulous<3

#3. Posted by Joyce Biagini on October 05, 2019

Enjoy every minute - what an opportunity you all have.

#4. Posted by Sheila Chew on October 12, 2019

“Land ho!” Love these posts and so happy to read about your great adventures!



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