Ready for an adventure with a purpose? Request info »
  • Search SEA Semester, Summer and High School Programs
SEA Currents Blog

SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans

July 17, 2021

Goodbye Sun/Leaving the Gyre

Sam Fisher, B Watch, Georgia Gwinnett College


Above: Swimming at the heart of the gyre. Below: B watch goes aloft.

37° 40.5’N,  148°00.3 ’W

010° psc

6 kt

Sail Plan
Mains’l, main and fore stays’l, and tops’l

Cloudy, Seas NNW, 2ft

N x E, Beaufort Force 3

Description of location
Leaving the heart of The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre

Souls on board

Today was a fairly normal day aside from the squalls, rainbows, and the tuna we caught (which was extremely exciting). As we’re leaving the gyre we are finally able to cease motoring and get back to good ol’ sailing. Unfortunately it seems that we will be heading back to the normal constant cloud cover. We are heading out of the gyre which means no more calm seas and a lot more wind. The sun and calm seas were a much needed break from the almost constant cloud cover that we have sailed through and seems we’re heading back into, although it will be nice to see far less plastic as we sail out of the gyre. We all are doing well and are eager if not a tad solemn that we are half way through the trip and making our way back to the coast. Morale is still high as we are still finding ways to fill every moment with fun.

As we continue further into our voyage we are becoming more comfortable with the many daily tasks required both on and off watch. The more we handle sails and the more we do science deployments the more confident we become. I think we’re all excited to sail down the California coast and see all the charismatic megafauna along the way.

The sailing life is tough yet rewarding, between balancing sleep and social time and the ups and downs of watch it is nothing if not exciting and unique. We are all growing and becoming what I believe to be better versions of ourselves. Being isolated in the middle of the ocean brings life on land into perspective.

- Sam Fisher, Georgia Gwinnett College / B watch (best watch)

PS: Huge shout out to my little sister Emma, wishing you an amazing 18th birthday and I can’t wait to celebrate with you and help you get ready for college!!!!! Shout out to Madi who I hope is having a great summer!! I hope my parents are doing well and I can’t wait to see everyone when I get home!!

Categories: Robert C. Seamans, • Topics: s299  study abroad  sailing  science  research  life at sea • (4) Comments
Previous entry: Sunshine, Blue Seas, and Plastic??    Next entry: A Fine Day


#1. Posted by Kim Welsh on July 19, 2021

Hi Sam, love the pictures and you dialogue. Very interesting, exciting and scary all mixed in one seeing you up soooo high on a rigging platform(??). Hope that you continue to enjoy and love this awesome experience. Be safe. Love you, Aunt Kim

#2. Posted by Holly Catanach Fisher on July 19, 2021

So great to read your post, Sam!  And to know you’re flourishing!  This is an amazing experience that will be with you for the rest of your life!  We miss you and can’t wait to hear all about your voyage!  Praying for lots more sunshine for the remainder of the trip.

#3. Posted by Lynn Anderson on July 20, 2021

Hello everyone! I can’t tell you how interesting it is for us to read your blogs. Seeing you up in the rigging and jumping off the ship into the middle of the Pacific is so thrilling! Glad you’re all well. Love from home.

#4. Posted by Rod Catanach on July 23, 2021

Great Log entry Sam.  Glad that you have this opportunity to experience life at sea.  Swim Call, when off shore, has a special magic, great that you had the weather to do it.  Hope the rest of your cruise is great for you and your shipmates.



Add a comment:

Notify me of follow-­up comments?

I would like SEA to keep me informed about news and opportunities.