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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
May 25, 2020
21*31.8’N x 158*14.1’W
Days Underway and Trip Log since Honolulu
Day 2, 36 nm
Wind SW F2, Clouds 4/8 Cumulus, warm and all sails stowed
Description of location
At anchor in Makua Bay, Oahu
Yesterday afternoon, after a week of cleaning and loading food and fuel on to the ship, we said bye to the last of our departing crew and under the skillfull command of Cassie, got underway. It felt great to be away from Honolulu and on the move again, even if it was to just motor 36 miles west to Makua Bay on the northwest corner of Oahu. We arrived to what turned out to be an exceptionally beautiful anchorage just before dinner. It was incredible to be able to eat on deck again and go for a quick pre-sunset swim. For the first time since getting to Honolulu it finally felt like we were in Hawaii. In honor of sailing to San Diego, and enjoying a night at anchor, a couple of us watched Anchorman on the quarterdeck (it was indeed as bad and as funny as I remember).
After a star-filled night of anchorwatches, we all got to sleep-in a bit this morning before some final preparations for getting underway: we reefed the mains'l (rolled up the bottom of the sail to make it smaller), stowed the laz and labtop, and did a final deep clean of the ship. During lunch we decided we liked this anchorage, and being away from the dock, so much we wanted to stay another night. This afternoon was dreamy: filled with swims, lounging on deck, journaling, art, enjoying each other's company, and serious napping. I think we all didn't realize how much we needed some pure down time away from a dock and busy city.
The plan is to continue this voyage and get underway for San Diego tomorrow morning after chores and a morning swim. Though it is only 2200 nm (or so) directly to San Diego, we have to go north before going east. The trip should be around 2700 nm and take about three weeks. We think we will get to San Diego sometime around June 15th. We said bye to four of our crew in Honolulu, so there will be 13 of us for this leg of the journey. While I already miss the friends we said bye to and will be sad to leave beautiful Makua Bay, I am looking forward to being underway: to the stars, the flying fish, and continuing to learn from and enjoy the company of my fellow shipmates. Last but not least, having grown up in California, it has always been a dream of mine to sail the Seamans home.
We plan to continue the blog, feel free to follow along!
Anna Wietelmann, Assistant Scientist / S290T Watchstander
Editor's Note: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all SEA Semester students departed our ships on or before March 18, with modifications made to the cruise tracks to ensure swift travel home. A small, dedicated professional crew aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans is working in a closed community to return the ship to California. The crew complied with New Zealand's 14 day self-isolation period to establish & maintain crew health prior to departing on their open ocean passage.