SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
July 27, 2014
4° 30’ 45.60” S x 172° 13’ 38.40” W
Earlier this evening around 18:45 we bid farewell to the beautiful island of Orona. Orona was a blast, but I am excited to be underway again and start getting back into the swing of things because lets face it, anchor watch + a gorgeous island starts making me (relatively) lazy. Today was one of those lethargic anchor watch days. After dawn watch and a quick dawn clean-up I decided not to join the snorkeling parties and just have a chill day bonding with the boat. The snorkeling party saw some cool stuff though. Clare saw a (sort of) adult shark, and I believe there were a couple of turtle sightings in addition to a lot of exotic fish. Still, I’m glad I chose to stay on the boat. Most of the day was spent crafting. The port side of the quarter deck was one big crafting party. I started sewing my bag (still have no idea what kind of bag), Michael and Brend kept working on their very awesome looking backpack/sailbag, Marissa whipped up an amazing wallet, Rachel started on a kindle case and even Nina made an appearance and joined us for a bit with tote-bag making. I must say, I love hanging out with Nina. She’s so goofy and awesome.
We probably crafted for 3-4 hours on deck as the 35 degree Celsius heat crept up on us and the snorkeling missions came and went with their sea creature updates. The Tweedles were out all day on their fish sampling rampage (now bear in mind that it’s all for science so it’s totally okay), and everyone else just did random other things. I guess today was some kind of re-charging day for all of us. And we needed it because things escalated back to how they were when we prepared to go underway and leave the large and beautiful silhouette of Orona behind us. Of course, we went underway just as B watch turned over to us (C watch) so we have been on our toes since the first minute of watch especially since we had to get back into the swing of lab-work because science never sleeps. Nevertheless, I like being busy because it means you’re going to sleep well.
Well, while I would love to write a lot more, my body is rather exhausted from early afternoon crafting (which is harder than you would think when it comes to sailcloth), and the trials of a busy evening watch. All I want right now is to climb into my bunk in Sleepy Hollow (port-aft accommodation), read a chapter of Alfred Lansing’s Endurance and drift off to sleep. And so ends another day aboard the RCS.