SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
October 17, 2015
Cruising alongside the Pacific
17° 17.5’ S X 179° 18.4’W
Course and Speed
265° T at 5-6kts
Sailing under the Main Stays’l and likely to fly Topsail, going downwind.
Average height of 5 ft. Winds are prevailing out of the Southeast at an average of force 5-6.
Fifth day of continuous sailing from Wallis. This is by far the longest passage of the program so far in almost three weeks of our life aboard the ship. Things on board have started to become more eventful as everyone has slowly seemed to have adjusted to the strangest ever sleeping and waking up schedules. Going to sleep after standing a watch even during mid-day will feel the same as it does during the night time. I have to say that, after consequent naps on my weekend day, I feel quite disorientated yet so happy to have caught all the sleep hours I have missed in the previous days. Weekend day comes once in every three days after your dawn watch where you get twelve hours off - how exciting!
It's almost time for the annual line chase relay scheduled to be held prior to our arrival in Fiji and everyone on board can be seen preparing for the race. Students are broken into groups by their watch and they are required to hang cards passed by the mates to the correct pin where the lines go in a relay with their group. Everyone is working on their sheet anchor and trying their best to get to know the lines of the ship.
In addition, everyone is busy attempting to complete the nautical science checklist. It includes learning knots, being able to steer within 5 degrees of course and many other navigational techniques and safety procedures. The primary reason for the hurry is because the Captain has promised to train the students who complete the checklist to go aloft. I got three items checked off today - still many more to go so I need to get going if I want to climb the rigging before I get off in New Zealand. It is all I have been dreaming of ever since being accepted into the program.
The boat has become a small homeland community for the twenty three students where each of us shares the common goal of constantly learning and living together as a family and I have to say that this voyage is by far, one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life.
On a personal note to my family back in Nepal who must be worried primarily because of my poor swimming skills, I want to let you know that South Pacific has treated me well and I am healthy and happy within my new-found ship community aboard the Seamans.