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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
November 29, 2015
Tuna and Tim Tams
35° 07.16’S x 174° 10.5’E
Bay of Islands
Cloudy, SE winds, 16.8 degrees C
Sailing under mains’l, mainstays’l, forestays’l, and jib
Hope everyone at home had an amazing Thanksgiving! We definitely did, and today (3 days later) we are finally able to move again after being full for a couple of days. We picked up anchor in Russell and we’re heading back out to the open ocean after depleting the local sources of Tim Tams (NZ chocolate biscuits). Just kidding sort of. We are sailing North/Northeast to get up into some of the different water masses for some of our oceanographic research projects, and then heading back down South towards Whangaroa. Should be a good time.
Before getting under way this morning we had the long-awaited pin-rail chase, which had been delayed due to weather. The pin-rail chase is a competition between Watch groups to identify the 50+ lines of the ship (including but not limited to: Mainstays’l downhaul, JT jigger, Main
halyard, Tops’l brails, gant-line, Congo-Line, and pick up-line). The last 2 are not part of the ship’s rigging, but they were part of the pin-rail chase. It got pretty heated, and the crew is still recovering- blood and tears were shed (from a stubbed toe). But we’re all still friends, and everyone knows the rigging and the lines well now so that is good.
A few other highlights:
-We have caught some big tunas while sailing, and had several delicious tuna lunches thanks to Bex and her wizardry in the galley. Catching tuna has been exciting because we have two types of Tuna on board (there is a boy named Tuna), this joke is made at least everyday but it doesn’t get old because it is so funny.
*For those of you who are into fishing and want to know the secret of our success with tunas, I will not divulge the exact methodology but I will say that cut-off dreadlocks may or may not be involved.
-Our science projects have been going really well and everyone is getting experience with the different types of deployments: hydrocast, Neuston Tow, and Meter Net. We have been seeing a lot of cool things, from cephalopods and lobster larvae, to bioluminescence and salps. A few times we have gotten salped. Salped: a new term to describe bringing a deployment back on-board and finding nothing but many liters of salps. Syn: slimed (literal), overwhelmed (figurative)
-The list of things on the boat that sound like they are dance moves is growing; today I learned the pteropod swirl. It sounds like it would be a groovy hop with a lot of hip action, but it is actually a way to rinse out all of the zooplankton from the Neuston Tow before processing the net. The jib jigger is another favourite, and it is a line on the starboard bow used to tighten the jib after its been raised. The round turn and two half-hitches, which sounds like its straight from Wednesday night contra dancing, is a knot used sometimes to hook onto a pin.
-The DC shuffle: this one is less salty than the rest, but basically every morning there is Dawn Clean-up, so all 4 heads are being cleaned and if you have to go to the bathroom, you end up sort of dancing around the boat trying to hold it in, which we have started to call the DC shuffle.
Anyways, everyone aboard is having a great time and life is good. We all say hi to our families, sending warm wishes and good vibes back home.
See you later!