SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
November 03, 2017
Almost to the Finish Line
35° 13.0’S x 174° 31.5’ E
Ship’s Heading & Speed
105° T at 3.6 knots
Winds North, Force 4, 8/8ths cloud cover with a hint of the moon coming through.
After a great night at anchor and science poster presentations, B Watch got the Seamans back underway and making way to Auckland. After several watches of no science deployments and minimal sail handling, this watch was jam packed. Hannah, the first JWO, got the stays’ls and jib set and called setting and striking the tops’l several times with all of our different course changes. Sarah, the second JWO, got the mains’l set and worked to ensure that we were making our waypoints. As Faith said, the students are finally beginning to understand not only what to do, but why we are doing it and what might come next. This period of more complicated navigation is a great way to put all of the students’ new skills to the test!
Elsewhere on the ship people have been spotted frantically doing pushups, trying to catch up with the traffrail log (or if extra ambitious, the GPS log). Others have been breaking out guitars, getting ready for our final Swizzle, or taking this opportunity to climb aloft or hang out on the headrig.
Everyone is happy that the swell and wind have calmed down some in time for us to really enjoy our last few days onboard!