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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 01, 2019
Departing Lyttelton Harbor, New Zealand
Today, after a two-day weather-delay, the crew of SEA Semester Cruise S285 departed Lyttelton Harbor, New Zealand aboard the Sailing School Vessel Robert C Seamans.
Our voyage will take us across 3000 nm of open ocean to Papeete in French Polynesia. We will be crossing some of the least traveled waters on our planet and our student crew will be taking vital baseline data for a variety of ocean disciplines from biology to physics. They will do this while being fully vested members of the sailing vessel's crew, manning the deck 24 hours a day throughout the 28 odd days of our voyage. As we go, students will be posting here about their adventure in lab, on deck and in the other spaces aboard.
As this first day at sea draws to a close, the stars are out and a moderate breeze from the west carries us gently eastward over the first few miles of our voyage.
- Ben Harden, Chief Scientist