SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
April 08, 2019
A Squally Day
39o 07.3’S x 176o02.8’W
Bobbing along outside the NZ EEZ
We've completed our first whole week at sea! And it was an 8 day week, since we also passed the International Date Line a couple days ago. We even had two Saturdays last weekend! Today started off very exciting when the dawn watch encountered a squall line approaching from the port beam. The sky was already dark and overcast but this low lying layer of clouds was very dark, nearly black, and visible in the night sky. What a sight to see!
As we entered the squall, winds increased and it began to rain. The watch got soaked and the forward lookout was a very exciting place to be. Did I mention there was lightening from about 0100 to 0400, but no need to worry, we were being very careful about where we put our hands to stabilize ourselves on the boat.
The 0700-1300 watch took over and soon the rain stopped but winds increased resulting in a rip in the main stays'l around 0900. The sail is now in the ship's library being mended; seam rippers are being used to remove a panel so it can be replaced. We also put up a sail called the storm trys'l, a stronger sail with no boom, since the winds are too strong and swells too big to sail under the mains'l, which does have a boom.
As of 1445 the winds are still strong (force 7) and we are hove to (not sailing, but no anchored) waiting for the winds to ease. This should happen when the weather system causing these winds passes us, we hope that is soon, we have places to be!
- Amy Mikolajczyk, C Watch, SUNY Maritime College