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March 13, 2018

Foul-Up

Bastian Silvestre, C Watch, Wesleyan University

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Photo from up aloft pointing downwards to the ship.

Current Position
44 degrees 43.1 min S, 173 degrees 08.8 min E

Ship’s Heading & Speed
160 degrees South 4.3 nm

Weather
Overcast, 14 degrees C. with 25 knot winds, 6 foot swells (from both the north and the south).

Souls on board

It's been a rolling day. We are entering a cold front, and yep it does get colder. C watch had morning watch today just as we were transitioning into foul weather. We saw a cloud that perfectly illustrated this weather change. The cloud curved downwards, showing that the warm air was pushing the colder air down and curving the cloud into a slide shape. Yesterday people were wearing shorts; today it's 14 degrees C. with 25 knot winds, 6 foot swells (from both the north and the south). Short time went out the window.

Today I learned my lesson to wear the entirety of the foul weather gear. I was confused why the watch officer and captain were suited up when there was no rain. At first I had the jacket on, when a wave drenched my lower half of my clothes. I re-clothed and put on my bib, and as I walked to the head rig, I thought, "ohh I should maybe put my boots, hmmm yes, hhm not, hmmmm" well. In that train of thought water came pumping from one of the draining holes on the side of the ship and guess what, soaked my shoes. Lesson learned: foul up.

The science deployments got canceled because of the swells so we helped out on deck, putting safety lines to clip on while we are rolling. We are in the shadow phase of the program, and it's getting a bit more intense as we need to keep in mind the 100 moving pieces of a boat. However, now, is when we learn the most from our collective knowledge, sharing  our confused bits and pieces to make miles.

It was my birthday on Sunday, and I am so glad to have such a wonderful community to spend it with. Huge thanks to Sabrina who made some amazing brownies! The ocean gave me a few presents also. Up aloft on the top yard I saw a pod of more than 25 dolphins, a seal and a shark. Later in the afternoon we saw more dolphins, a whale in the distance, and at night some bioluminescent dolphins (as the dolphins swim they trigger bioluminescence and they light up) under a clear and star-filled sky.  Yep wow.

We are heading south to Dunedin and can't wait for what's coming ahead. I wish time slowed down because: boat time = regular time on steroids. Before we know it we will be missing being thrown  around in our bunks  from side to side,  being woken up with a 1230 good morning, and having to  foul-up for the swells.

- Bastian Silvestre, C Watch, Wesleyan University

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s277  study abroad • (0) Comments
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