SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
May 07, 2016
Open ship and French baguettes
16° 43.8’S x 151° 26.4’W
Description of location
Alongside Uturoa, Raiatea
Ia’orana everybody, this is Gabo again writing with news of the Robert C. Seamans. Today’s schedule was a bit more leisurely than yesterday’s, as we spent the day welcoming visitors to our ship and overall enjoying the best of what land has to offer. While half of the students and crew guided people through our open ship event, the other half spent time walking around, catching up with their close ones, sipping fruit juice in the shade or stretching their legs on a hike. Most of the shops of Uturoa were closed on this Saturday afternoon so it was a quiet and relaxing time in town.
To the joy of many, we took our sailing dory Gene out in the afternoon and small groups of two went for a sail with 2nd mate Finn around the lagoon.
As the afternoon stretched into early evening, we bid farewell to Raiatea and cast our dock lines – but not before enjoying a snack of French baguettes and goat cheese, bien sûr. The students were quick to set sail, making many a crew member proud of how skilled they’ve become. As the silhouettes of nearby Huahine and Bora-Bora faded into the distance, we sailed out of the lagoon and steered for Moorea. It will be about a 120 nm journey to the island where we will spend our last day of program together at anchor. Nothing beats witnessing students high-five and celebrate their return to sea after they spent even just a couple of days on land. It makes us crew warm and fuzzy to see them love this as much as we do.
Sending our best from the South Pacific and a happy Mother’s Day to all our moms tomorrow,