SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
February 22, 2019
Field Day Fun
35° 54.779’ S, 175° 40.960’ E
Ship’s Heading & Speed
090 at 4.2 kt
Wind (Direction: NE. Beaufort Force: 4); Sea (Direction: NE. Height: 4’); Clouds (8/8 of sky covered. Main type: St/Sc). Off and on rain showers.
Today marks day two of our passage to Wellington. Despite the watch officer transition yesterday, things have been running smoothly and everyone is happily settling into life offshore once again. Several firsts were achieved today: we managed to get the boat going over seven nautical miles which is the fastest we have gone so far; we were able to sail under the four lower sails and not have the engine on for the first time since leaving Russell; we had our first chance to break out our foulies; and it was our first field day.
Yes, unfortunately the rain has found us here just south of the Bay of Islands. This region of New Zealand tends to be sunny and clear, but in the last 24 hours squalls have been passing over us. We have started to resemble a sea of rubber ducks, as most of us have matching bright yellow foul weather gear. My watch was from 0700-1200 and we managed to avoid the worst of the weather but by the afternoon it was coming down fairly consistently. Luckily the rain hasn’t done much to dampen spirits. Though it is not as pleasant to be up on deck, we gathered in the main saloon and library to play music, cards and get going on class work that has taken a backseat as we were learning the basics of the boat.
The other main task of the day has been field day. Sadly this was not an elementary school day of fun and games outside but meant we deep cleaned our lovely vessel. Despite chores with each watch to keep up on the cleanliness of the boat, once a week we use the daily class meeting as a time for the whole crew to come together and clean. I really thought that things would not be that dirty, like I said we spend a good amount of time
everyday working to maintain the cleanliness of the boat, but I quickly discovered how much grime 40 sailors can produce in only a few days. It took our entire crew two and a half hours to complete the task, but it was highly satisfying to see the grime being cleaned away. Every nook and cranny was scrubbed from the ceilings to the soles. We finished up feeling accomplished, tired and damp from the rain.
Though it was a busy day, I am consistently impressed by the positive outlook and excitement of everyone on board. This would have been an easy day to complain and sulk, and yet everyone is still happy and encouraging one another. Even those that are a bit seasick are keeping their heads up and helping whenever they can. It might be cheesy but I am extremely grateful to be a part of this crew; everyone’s optimism and
willingness to jump into action makes living and working together so much more enjoyable. Tonight watches continue and hopefully we will all get further settled into our schedule for the next few days. For now it is time for dinner, homework and then off the lab for watch!
- Jaclyn Hodgson, B Watch, Whitman College