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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

October 11, 2016

Wind, Waves, and Rain, Oh My!

Emma Karsten, A Watch, Hamilton College


Francesca Korte, Emma Newmann, Paige Dempsey, and Heather Sieger before we went snorkeling last week, from sunnier times.

Ship's Log

Current Position
20 58.4’S x 175 17.1’W

Course and Speed
275°,  3 knots

Sail Plan
Four lowers

Souls on Board

Things have been shaken up aboard the Robert C. Seamans today! Around 0200 last night, right after the dawn watch had taken over for the early morning, we sailed into the low pressure system that was moving towards Tonga. Fear not, we are all safe and sound and enjoying the bumpy ride. Dawn Watch experienced a nice, constant downpour, along with strong winds of up to 40 knots. It was a pretty exciting time, birds blown off the island were very confused by our presence and kept squawking at us. We made pretty good speed the past few days, so we have been essentially biding our time around 10 miles away from Tongatapu until we can make our approach. The plan was to get into Nuku’alofa Harbor today around 1300; however, as the watch turned over this morning the rains stopped but the winds certainly did not.

Although the skies have been clear for most of the day, strong northeast winds have been rocking the ship and preventing our approach to the harbor. As the wind would knock us right into the harbor at a slightly uncomfortable speed, we will be continuing our circling of the island for the night until the wind dies down a bit. It has been a great day of sail-handling practice for everyone though, since we don’t have anywhere immediate to go we have been practicing gybing a lot and experimenting with some with sailing techniques. The 15-foot swells have made life below deck a little wild with several spills, but outside on deck it feels like a rollercoaster!

Overall, it has been a good day with some exciting weather mixing things up. We haven’t experienced wind, waves, or rain like this yet, so it’s been cool to handle sails in different conditions. Plus, its building up the excitement for what is sure to be an awesome port stop in Tongatapu. More to come tomorrow!

Shout out to my peeps back home, particularly Shawn and Rocko. Hope you’re all getting my telepathic waves of loves.

- Emma

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Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Deborah Nora on October 14, 2016

Emma we miss you lots and we hope you’re having a great time!!! we are sending out telepathic waves of love back at you from the USA.

#2. Posted by Kurt, Deb, Conrad, Nora, Garrett, Shawn, Rocko an on October 19, 2016

Sounds like the Seamans has been a good home in the bouncy weather! GLAD to hear THAT! All is well here - we miss you tons and wonder what you guys are doing every minute of every day! The blogs are a wonderful lifeline - so cool to hear the many voices of the crew. You guys are having amazing adventures - can’t wait to hear the tales when you return! Love from all of us!

#3. Posted by Jill and Rodey on October 19, 2016

Thinking of all the fun you are having, Emma, and reminiscing about our own adventures at sea.  By now, your sea legs must be pretty sturdy - watch out for the land-sickness when you hit port!  Hope the winds and weather continue to be mostly favorable for the final stretch!  Much love, AJ & UR

#4. Posted by Uncle Scott on October 20, 2016

WOW, what an adventure!! Hope you are taking lots of pictures and storing lots of great memories!  Can’t wait to hear in person.  Be careful and be safe! Love you kiddo!



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