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SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans

April 18, 2014

Sailing for Science

Jay Amster, Chief Mate


(above) The GPS, accurate to the thousandth of a minute of latitude and longitude, as we cross the equator earlier today. (below) The Pollywog Liberation Force making itself heard onboard; here, it took the Mate seven hours to realize they’d tagged his shirt (photo credits: Julian Honma)

Current Position
0° 44.0’ N x 141° 17’ W

Course & Speed
350° PSC; 7.2 kts

Sail Plan
Motorsailing under reefed 4 lowers @ 1200 RPMs

Squalls in the area; Winds ExS, F2-4

Darkness. Groggy bodies, shaking off the remnants of a short post-dinner nap, begin making their way on deck for the mid-watch. The moon, which has lighted our way these last few nights, is obscured by the squall to windward. As the rain begins to fall, we continue to do the ship’s work, sailing for science.

Gybing around after completing our meter net tow, we continue to make our way northbound. Newly arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, students aboard are getting ready to take on new responsibilities as we transition into the ‘Junior Watch Officer’ phase of our voyage. Soon students will be standing a watch as a supervisor, making sure we continue to achieve our navigational and scientific goals. This transition, and the responsibility that comes with it, is what we’ve been working towards since the students stepped on board four weeks ago. I’m looking forward to watching our group of diligent, enthusiastic and caring students rise to this new challenge.

As we crossed the Equator today, many tried, and some succeeded, to capture a picture of our GPS as it read all zeros. This picture of the GPS as we’re crossing the line, where you can actually see the 0 on the far right turning into a 1, (indicating that we’re 6 feet North of the equator) is a metaphor for life aboard ship: always in a state of transition, constantly in motion.

- Jay

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