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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
March 23, 2016
Until We Meet Again (Probably in Minnesota)
44° 00.9’ S 172° 38.4’ E
Description of location
En route to our final destination, Lyttleton, New Zealand
Course & speed
NE, winds at 17 knots
Sailing through the night
Reduced visibility, 19° C and 5 foot swells
We had a surprisingly great day weather-wise today! At approximately 0200 we got word of a minor storm coming our way. Though the wind speed increased and the sky filled with clouds, the rain luckily held off. The plan as of yet is to stay close to the coast to protect us from the poor weather. We had an exciting surprise fire drill before lunch, giving us all a chance to practice our fire-fighting protocol, maybe for the last time onboard the Seamans.
Today C-watch had our last dawn watch of the trip. Will I miss going to sleep on a full stomach after dinner at 1900 only to be woken up with the weather forecast at 0030? Not particularly. What I will miss are the quiet starry nights on bow watch, the Neuston net lit up with bioluminescence, successfully furling the jib just a few feet above the water, and trying to complete a coherent dawn watch question while sliding around on the lab floor with my shipmates.
If you are a parent of an S-264 student, congrats on raising them. We have a pretty special group on board and they've all made this journey great. T-minus three days left of our adventure; tears soon to come.
Happy birthday to my grandpa and my mom (I hope you got the gifts I hid in my closet)!
Peace, love, and hourly engine room checks,