SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
April 14, 2015
A Beautiful Day on the Water
South Pacific Subtropical Gyre
Course & Speed
040° (True), 6.5knots
Motoring under the two stays’ls
WARM AND SUNNY
Today was the second day in a row of absolutely beautiful weather. Not too hot or cold, with only scattered clouds. The sun seems to be bringing out everyone’s happy side, and on the deck (even more than usual) people are all smiles. There are musical jam sessions on top of the doghouse, relaxed readers resting up against a furled sail, smoothie consumers on the quarterdeck, and generally jovial people all around.
To complement the warm and dry weather, the ocean is also currently incredibly calm. While I enjoy turning the engine off and trusting the sails to get us to our tropical destination, I am thankful for the chance to experience some lighter wind to see the ocean like this. Its glassy reflection crossed with small ripples rolling all the way to the horizon is memorizing. The water almost looks solid. It is so dark and clear I cannot wait until I get the chance to jump in. In the lab we have been constantly monitoring the increasing ocean temperature as we move north (both for our research projects, and to count down the days until it is warm enough for deck showers and swimming).
Now that we are far out in the Pacific Ocean we are seeing fewer seabirds in our hourly observations. Today there was one lone bird flying along with us all afternoon. It was much smaller than many of the other seabirds we have observed, but much more courageous as well. While he was flying around, people were tracking his every move; he was much closer to the boat than many of the other birds we have encountered. I think some of us even got a little emotionally attached to the little guy, hoping that he would stick around for a bit. Eventually he did something that I have not seen any bird do while we have been sailing: the little guy flew up to the bow of the boat and landed on the jib, resting on the rolled up sail while we all applauded his landing. I think his daring move just made him our mascot for the day.
A quick hello to all of my friends and family on land: Lauren, I am cheering you on from the boat I know you are going to crush the marathon in a few days! Everyone else sorry you don’t get personal messages, but I miss you and can’t wait to hear what you have been up to for the last few weeks!