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July 11, 2014

Approach to the Equator

Marissa Shaw, B Watch, Sailing Intern


Erik modeling the schematic of a sextant exquisitely drawn by Mackenzie

3° 13.6’‘N x 167° 26.4’’W

South of the ITCZ Woo!!

Sail Plan
Four Lowers, Fisherman and JT on a Port Tack

Hello to all you Lovely Land Lubbers (We love alliterations here aboard the Mama Seamans), this is Marissa, 1/3 of the D.O.D, or Department of Deckhands that is sailing this awesome PIPA SEA Semester.  Today has been yet another glorious day aboard, and as we pasted through the meteorological equator aka the Doldrums, aka the ITCZ, we have been able to secure the Main Engine and sail once more.

Today was a busy aboard as preparations for the first Mocness Net deployment went underway while B Watch had the deck this morning.  The Mocness, affectionately known as Nessy, is another oceanographic deployment method that will be used throughout our trip and is unique in its abilities to collect plankton samples at varying depths. It has multiple nets that are programed to close at different depths, giving us the ability to study plankton throughout the water column up to 800m, rather than looking at the Neuston layer, which our beloved “Neusty” net provides daily.  While Nessy didn’’t end up in the water today, all on board got to feast their eyes on the wonder that is the Mocness and are all eager to see the planktonic knowledge it will add to our oceanographic sampling, so stay tuned for more on Nessy!

Today during class time we received a fabulous lecture from Luke, Tekaua, and Jan on how we can all become better sea birders, and begin to hone our species identifying skills as this will become just one of the many important aspects of PIPA that will be studied once we reach the Phoenix Islands. Following that, Captain Pamela introduced the wonder that is Celestial Navigation, and every student got their hands on a sextant.  Each student had the chance to practice shooting the sun, and now will begin to participate more and more in obtaining our exact position using only the sun, moon, stars, and planets that fill the skies around us on the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

In other news, as our latitude continues to decrease daily and our entrance to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area nears, buzz of the equator crossing can be heard throughout every corner of ship as speculation runs rampant and wild plans for hair donations are formulated.
- Marissa

Love to all in EA and Down Under, Patterson Clan; give Sharbot a kiss for me from the point, JIB- hope the Philippines are great, and Happy Birthday Colls!! (7/11, how could we forget)

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Protecting the Phoenix Islands, • Topics: s254  sailing  celestial navigation • (0) Comments
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