SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
April 17, 2014
01° 53.2’ S x 141° 12.0’ W
Course & Speed
010° at 2 knots for science
Mainstays’l and forestays’l
Intermittent light squalls
An interesting day for B Watch as we celebrated Hannah’s birthday from dawn to twilight! It seems like the days are all melding into one as I don’t even remember what happened this morning. Things are going smoothly in any case. We have been “shadowing” our Watch and Lab Officers for two weeks, and we’re all starting to get more comfortable with the new responsibilities that are bestowed upon us. Today, our Watch started the first of a series of class presentations that will accustom us to Polynesian navigation and steering “instrument-free,” which is pretty bad-ass in my opinion. It’s like “Hey, I’m in the tropics, and it’s April 17th so I can deduce that the sun is rising at 80 degrees. It’s 5am and since I can see the sun dead perpendicular on my right as I stand at the helm, I now know that I am steering at exactly 350n degrees. Who needs a compass even if you’re in the middle of the Pacific with nothing but water and sky for your horizon?” I’m looking forward to the next Polynesian navigation presentations. Since the Mates have started covering the compass, I wonder if there’s a point where they will have us steer the boat blindfolded. That’d be interesting.
I think that these few last days have been the best so far for me in terms of feeling the experience. There are many moments that have left a striking impression in my memories. From the day we set sail from Pape’ete (time at which I generously donated my GoPro to Neptune), to our arrival in Rangiroa which revealed an interesting array of activities (snorkeling with sharks and giant eels, scrubbing Mama Seamans’ beard while swimming above a beautiful 14m deep seascape, enjoying the most beautiful waterfront ever at a 4 star hotel where we interviewed the owner), followed by the bioluminescent flashing waters of Nuku Hiva, and the sailing with our square “pirate sails” along a pod of 500 dolphins as we left the island, I feel like I’ve been given more colors than my human eyes can see. But yes, as I was starting to say, these last few days have been getting more real to me.
It’s been hard since the beginning to keep up with everything that was thrown at us, and my mind, if not others’, has been busy trying to deal with all of it, not really letting room for much more. But as everything is starting to settle down, I get more and more of these moments, where for example, I’ll be at the helm (my favorite position) and look at the night’s sky, and just have my mind blank out by the sight of so many beautiful stars which each have their little detail and charm. Life on a boat is indeed demanding, but what you get while you’re on it is all worth it.
Gros bisous a Papa, Maman et Kimberly! J’ai hate de vous voir en Californie vous me manquez.