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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 04, 2018

Whose Line is it Anyway?

Emily Dailey, C Watch, Florida State University

Ship's Log

Current Position
43 deg 58.2’S x 177 deg 53’W, just west of the Chatham Islands

Ship’s Heading & Speed
055 degrees per ship’s compass at 8.4 knots

Sail Plan
Forestays’l, Mainstays’l, Mains’l, and Jib

Sunny with winds from the northwest

Souls on board

Today we crushed the infamous "line chase:" the three watches competed against each other in a relay to see who knew their lines the best. The chase had been hyped up for several days and depending on who you asked, we were either terribly nervous or incredibly excited. Each day, we've practiced setting and striking sails, but the line chase was our first opportunity to show that as individuals, we knew what we were doing. I felt like I knew my lines but of course I was still terrified that I would freeze under the pressure and was studying my sheet anchor AKA my cheat sheet until 5 minutes before the chase.

It turns out that as much as the chase is an important test of skills, it's also an exceptional time to be silly and loud as you cheer on your team, especially when your team has a birthday girl to be excited about (Happy Birthday Haley!). In the end, A Watch came in first, B Watch in second, and C Watch in a spirited third. What struck me the most though was when C Watch made our conga line around the boat, we arrived back to the quarterdeck to cheering and high fives from our entire crew. I was reminded that we're all in the same boat and that we are each other's entire support system. We win together, we lose together, and each watch is an extension of the same team. Captain Jay closed out our line chase by saying that he was pleased with the all of our progress. He could tell we had been putting in the work to learn what we need to know to sail this boat more than 3000 nautical miles to Tahiti.

Shout out to my family: I miss you and love you! Also, shout out to Tatum, Olivia, Allison, and Mae: I just opened the letters that you snuck into my suitcase and you have no idea how much they mean to me when I'm so far from home - thank you!

- Emily Dailey, C Watch, Florida State University

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s278  study abroad  life at sea  sailing  line chase • (0) Comments
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