SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
February 18, 2019
Present and In Awe
35° 06.68’ S, 174°26.90’ E
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Due North through the ship’s magnetic compass (000), 4.9kt
Partly cloudy with a mix of cumulus and altocumulus clouds. Bright sunshine, light breeze heading east, northeast all afternoon. Cool evening.
Day four of sailing, and we’re already accustomed to life at sea! It took a few days for a couple of us to gain our sea legs, myself included. Some waves are bigger than others, and I definitely could feel the bigger waves. But now, the gentle rocking, the unbalanced moments, and everything else the Pacific has to offer us, can now be fully embraced. Usually I spend my mornings and evenings with my watch group either on deck or in lab, but today I was assigned to the galley. The stewards are the heart and stomach of a vessel, so I was very excited to work with them!
Yesterday evening, Natalie and Sophie pulled me aside to help determine what meals we should make. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. We settled on waffles, falafel, and jerk chicken, respectively. For a snack, I tried my hand at my Grandpa’s famous Orange Dreamsicle cookies. I didn’t have the recipe on hand, so I made one up. It wasn’t as good as his, but pretty close. Once a meal was finished prepping, it was my job to alert the correct watches it was time to eat. Really, this meant I rang a triangle throughout sleeping quarters below deck and then again on deck to get everyone’s attention. Today, because we made great time to Russell, we sailed around Mahinepua Island in Whangaroa (Fun-gah-ROW-ah) Bay, just north of Russell. This sightseeing adventure took all afternoon, and everyone was excited to take action! Every couple of hours, when I walked on deck, the island would be in a different position, exposing more beautiful scenery. Imagine rocky cliffs in several shades of green, contrasting with crystal blue waves gently lapping at the shore. Absolutely beautiful. Every day, New Zealand becomes even more breathtaking, and I’m just lucky enough to live in it.
Working the galley was a nice change in my routine. I love deck watches though, especially when I can steer the helm or stand lookout at the bow. Saturday evening, while on lookout, I spotted a pod of dolphins jumping through the water to catch fish! We counted at least 18 duskies splashing around the Seamans. Earlier that day too, Jack spotted a family of dolphins playing in the waves our boat made! I can’t describe how magical it felt to stand tall at bow, watching over a dozen dolphins swimming below us. I knew before that moment, but I’ll reiterate it now: this is where I belong. I’m learning and growing in the most positive direction and I’m seeing the most beautiful and natural sights one could imagine at sea. SEA Semester is definitely one of the best decisions of my life.
To my family and friends, I miss you all, and I hope you are doing well. Happy (late) birthday Giovanni! I cannot believe you’re actually 18 now. Henry, I hope you have an awesome performance this week. I’ve had Young/Lovely stuck in my head for five days now. And mom, I hope you have an excellent performance as well. I’m so proud of you. I love you all, take care!
-Nichole Padovano, C Watch, Boston University