SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
April 26, 2019
Pina Coladas and 12 Foot Swells
19 º41.9’ S x 150 º20.5’ W
The “Tropics” – 200 nautical miles away from Raiatea!
SExE, Force 5
We have officially crossed the Tropic of Capricorn, one of the lines of latitude that defines the warm, tropical paradise located between 23.5 º North and South. PSYCH. Though the breeze has become much warmer and the air much more humid, it seems as though no one has told the seas that we were supposed to have transitioned into the relaxing, calm portion of the journey. My watch decided to celebrate our passage into the Tropics by wearing Hawaiian shirts and sarongs, but we were quickly put in our place by a large whitecap that washed on deck and soaked all of us five minutes in. Josie and I have taken to writing daily haikus about our experiences aboard the ship, and this weather has certainly inspired us.
The deck is now restricted
I won’t be sleeping
Where is the sunshine
We all want to tan on deck
It’s time for swimsuits
Though it’s not exactly what we were expecting, we’re still having a blast. We’ve started seeing flying fish and different tropical birds, and the other morning we even saw a coconut floating past (even though we were still several hundred nautical miles from land!). Today we were rushed onto deck to strike one of the sails before the winds picked up, and were caught in a sudden warm rain shower. Trying to haul the lines in in time while slipping and sliding across the deck had all of us laughing pretty hard, and the rain was honestly a nice break from the constant sweating.
I think everyone is having mixed feelings as we approach land—on the one hand it’s a bit sad because it means that our time on the Seamans is drawing to a close, and these open ocean views that we’ve become so accustomed to will become a thing of the past; but on the other, I know everyone has something they’re looking forward to enjoying on land. Tales of beautiful endemic flowers on Raiatea and handmade vanilla ice cream from Tahitian plantations have both students and crew excited for what’s to come.
Raiatea is near
The things I’ve been dreaming of
Cheeseburgers and beer
- Cecily Tye, B Watch, University of California at Berkeley
P.S. Happy (almost) birthday Riley!! Presents to come when I see ya in TAHITI! Missing all my brothers extra today
P.P.S. Miss you too Mom & Claud, give the pups a kiss from me