SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
Heave Away, Haul Away!
5 nm north of Rairua, Raivavae
Course & Speed
325° PSC, 5 knots
Fore and main stays’ls as of 1730
Overcast, scattered rain, lightning in the distance
Back at sea! This afternoon, after one last jump into the warm crystal blue water, we initiated our departure from the paradise that is Raivavae. Now that we’ve had a few days of solid sleep, some well-deserved alone time on the nearby motu, and plenty of fun, we swung right back into our old routine. Minutes after the crew guided us out of the narrow pass between the reefs, with less than a meter of clearance under our keel at one point, I could hear, “Hands to set the stays’ls!” All idle hands, whether on watch or not, helped get the ship underway.
It’s sad to see Raivavae drift away from us, but the anticipation of our next stops, Moorea and Tahiti, far outweigh that sadness. And being at sea again is just as breathtaking – tonight we saw lightning for the first time during our trip, which is something I’ve been waiting for since we left New Zealand. We have all gained a great respect for the power of the ocean and the weather, both of which have been a passion of mine since I was a child, and I get to study them in person with the best shipmates I could ask for.
To my mom, dad, brother, and two dogs, to my other family members, and to my amazing friends back at RWU, I’ve missed you so much during this adventure, and I wish I could have brought you all to experience it with me. We’re all having the time of our lives, and you’ll get to hear all about it in just a few days after we arrive in Papeete. I can’t believe the trip is almost over, when we’ve learned so much and still have so much to see.
From sea to shining sea,