SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
July 19, 2015
Closer to Land
2° 20’ south x 170° 43’ west
Sailing close hauled with Jib, Staysails and Main
205 degrees True
Anticipation is building here as we are told that after almost two full weeks at sea that we will finally be able to see land tomorrow assuming that all goes as planned. Enderburry is the small island that we will be passing by in hopes of arriving in Kanton extremely soon. Just as we all were getting settled into our new routines of life at sea work has really picked up since we have entered PIPA really ramping up the amount of samples we take from the sea, not to mention our first paper being due in only a couple of days.
It is nice to be sailing now, and not having to rely on the ships motor in order to cover the miles that we need to cover in order to keep to our schedule. However, with this wind came a couple of showers. As expected sailing around the equator has been quite warm but the rain we experienced today could not have felt better; it was the first time I have actually felt cool since starting the trip. I never thought that I would be so happy to just stand out in a cool calm rain.
The water in the ocean here is an amazing shade of blue, nothing like the Great Lakes back at home, and to everyone back home I want to say hello!