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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

June 20, 2015

Welcome to the ship!

Brenda Jensen, Hawaii Pacific University, Aloha 'Aina faculty

Aloha Aina

Last but not least, Happy Birthday Bri!!! Thanks for the excuse to have some amazing chocolate cupcakes for our afternoon snack!

Ship's Log

Souls on Board

Today the students officially transitioned study from the land to the ocean. After a tour of the ship and watch assignments yesterday, the students completed orientation with several stations of safety training and emergency drills today.  Around 1400 we left the HPU campus from the Aloha Tower Pier in Honolulu with the trades in our sails and a very respectable swell beneath us.

Despite this big programmatic transition, the learning concepts of both courses are still addressed.  We are sailing in waters of the Hawaiian Humpback Whale Sanctuary, our case study for the 2100 course. Even though we sail on a vessel with modern comforts and technology galore, the basic challenges of sailing- getting our sea legs, steering a consistent heading with the help of clouds and stars, learning to handle sails, all help the students increase their understanding and respect for Polynesians who navigated their way through the Pacific Ocean. 

Everyone is on a very steep learning curve right now, but it is amazing to see our students all accept their navigation and science missions with such enthusiasm.  They will be more than ready to share nautical and marine science skills with our Lana'i student friends in less than a week.

Wish us fair winds and following seas!

- Brenda

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#1. Posted by Kelly Webber on June 23, 2015

Hi Parker,
I found the blog for your sailboat.  I hope I’m sending this message correctly.  How exciting to see the pictures and read about all you are learning.  It is truly an experience of a lifetime.  I hope you are doing well.  We are thinking of you and praying for you and your crew.  I hope you had a wonderful birthday on Sunday!!  What a great way to spend your birthday.  Full of Adventure!!  I can’t wait to hear more about your travels and all you’ve learned!

Love Mom, Dad, Hannah, Riley, Abigail & Jeremy


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