SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
April 27, 2019
Clueless at Sea
17-52.9’S 151 00.5’W
A little over a day away from Ra’iatea
South (only because we are hove to for science)
E xS force 4
Greetings from one of the Voyagers aboard the Robert C Seamans.
We are very close to Ra’iatea and solid land now. Don’t know if I can walk on land. Most of the time I cannot walk very well on the ship either, at least not in a straight line. I am lucky enough to be what is called a Voyager on this adventure, so I get to look at this experience from a different angle. But from my observations all appears to be going very well.
To all you parents who have students on this voyage, you can be very proud of them! They are all hard working, very smart and a load of fun to be around. They are very kind and oh so helpful to me. Being a 70-year-old person, I am so encouraged by these young adults, that by the time we pass the torch off, they will be very capable to manage this World better than we have.There are four interns on the ship that are understudies for the crew. From what I observed of all of them, the SEA program will have no shortage of capable, able-bodied, friendly and helpful crew people to choose.
We have experienced a few interesting challenges along the way, as every good adventure will have. But through them all the professional crew has handled themselves with steadfastness, quick thinking and grace! There has never been one moment of doubt in any of them so therefore none in us. They are true professional sailors in every aspect. My cap is off to one and all!! There is another Voyager on this trip. He is a gentleman from San Francisco who has his own sailing vessel. I know he has been a great asset to this voyage. He has been a delightful friend to share this adventure with.
I am not exactly sure how or why I got here to share this incredible experience with these wonderful people, other than I asked and Captain Jay said “Yes.” I was truly naïve and clueless, with absolutely no sailing background and what was truly expected from everyone to make a voyage like this successful. But I know that we all will be better people when we walk off the Seamans in Tahiti.
We are Homeward bound! Fair Winds and may the Seas follow to you all.
- Oleta Corry, B Watch, Retired, Driggs, Idaho
PS. Randy, I can smell the barn now. Pet Norton and Louise for me until I can. All the rest of my Life adventures will be with You!! Please!