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SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans


June 24, 2014

Day 4: Lanai

Sabrina Hutchinson, B Watch, Hawai’i Pacific University, Marine Biology

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Lana’i Field School students (grades 6-8) learning to set the forestays’l

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20° 39.74’’ N x 156° 55.62’’ W

Ahoy S-253 Friends and Family!

Day four of our sailing voyage led us to anchor off the west side of Lana’i for the night before motor sailing to Manele Bay this morning. It’s hard to believe that our voyage is coming to an end already; it feels as though just yesterday we were coming aboard and learning the ropes (figuratively and literally!). In such a short amount of time we have bonded with the crew and each other while learning nautical skills including knot tying, sail setting, and steering. I believe I can speak for everyone when I say that we are truly grateful for all of the opportunities that this SEA Semester has offered to us, especially lifelong friendships and memories.

Last week, we had the opportunity to travel on shore to Lana’i as guests of the Lana’i Field School, where we worked with students grades 6-12. They gave presentations about the history and culture of their island home. To return the favor, we invited the same students on board the SSV Robert C. Seamans today and taught them about our floating abode. We had the students split into groups and rotate through stations, including knot tying, a tour of the vessel, working in the lab looking at phytoplankton, collecting sediment samples, and learning to set, strike, and furl sails. It was a long morning, but an excellent opportunity to give back to the community of Lana’i. This afternoon we had some fun jumping off the bowsprit and rails of the ship to enjoy the beautiful waters of Hawai’i (and too cool off after a VERY hot morning!). After coming back aboard, we set six of the nine sails onboard (Mains’l, Maintays’l, Forestays’l, Jib, Jibtops’l, and the Fisherman) and began making our way to Aloha Tower on O’ahu.

Again, I believe I can speak for everyone when I say that we are not ready to return to shore. While we are all excited to take showers longer than five minutes and sleep during normal hours, we have made this ship our home, and all the people living on it our ohana. Personally, I have learned so much about who I am as a person, including my values, my outlook on life, and work ethic. I am my best person when I see nothing but the open ocean, sailing and learning continuously. SEA is a program that everyone should take part in, as I believe that everyone walks away a better student, friend, and person.

I’’d like to give a quick shoutout to my mama, dad, and sisters (yes, all of you – Raquel, Mads, and Lex), as well as the entire Beach Bum crew and customers – I MISS YOU GUYS!

- Sabrina

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