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SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans

April 13, 2014

A Full Day on Board

Jackie Kroeger, C Watch, University of North Carolina, Wilmington


View of Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, where we were anchored and (below) tonight’s sunset.

Current Position
8° 56.31’ S x 140° 33.07’ W

Current Location
19 nautical miles NW of Nuku Hiva

Course & Speed
280 degrees (WxN) averaging 5-8 knots

Sail Plan
Course, Tops’l (hip hip hooray for squares’ls!), Mains’l (single-reefed), Mainstays’l

Beautiful! Winds from the NE (BF 5) and 4-5 foot seas

It was a full day aboard the Seamans! We departed Nuku Hiva this afternoon after staying a little bit longer than originally planned. Next stop: Hilo, Hawai’i! We are all so excited to get underway again even though that meant leaving an amazing place. Fortunately for us, the transition was rather pleasant - one might even say magical - thanks to the gigantic pod of talented dolphins (a few hundred strong) that escorted us (they actually swam along with us for several miles) away from the island on the first leg of our journey. Needless to say it was an incredible experience for everyone, and we couldn’t ask for a better send-off!

Even cleaning the ship was postponed for a time so we could watch our new cetacean friends swim, surf, and jump all around the ship for nearly as far as you could see. But Mama Seamans can’t wait for long, because, “a clean ship is a happy ship,” as we all know very well at this point. Field Day (what we call this particular flavor of cleaning) is always full of surprises and unpredictability, and today was no different. One moment I was scrubbing the aft soles and the next we were all in the galley (which is a small and exceptionally warm space) in the midst of a spontaneous dance party! Moments like this keep Field Day rolling. That and singing of course, since this is the one time every week that we get to listen to music. Frozen’s “Let it Go,” is becoming a traditional Field Day ending song, which I fully support.

The excitement doesn’t even end there. S252 officially caught our first fish of the trip today! It was a beautiful Mahi Mahi, and I’m sure our incredible steward Nina has some delicious plans for it!

As we started “shaking the sand from our sea boots” today, we got to do some exciting sail handling. We set two of our three squares’ls this afternoon: the tops’l and course. Yet another learning experience! We’ve got a lot of miles to cover (almost 2,000) so we need some additional sail power. The squares were happy to oblige. I can’t wait to see what awaits us on the rest of our adventure!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNA AND MICAH!!!! I hope y’all had a fantastic day full of frivolity! I love and miss you guys!

And to the rest of the fam, I love and miss all of you dearly, I hope everything is going well!

Shoutout to Mrs. Farland’s 7th grade science classes at Destin Middle School, y’all are the best!

A message from Sarah Hamilton:
Hi mom! Happy late birthday! I didn’t forget I just couldn’t put it on the blog yesterday. I hope you had a great day. I love you and miss you so much and can’t wait to see you! Love, Sarah

Love and Fair Winds,

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s252  sailing • (0) Comments
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