SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
October 28, 2015
24° 25’ S x 174° 30’E
Course and Speed
175° PSC, 5 kts.
Four Lowers, Tops’l, Raffee
Wind NE, Force 3, Clear Sky
Passages across Open Oceans are hard to describe to those who haven't yet had the opportunity to experience the vast open ocean from the deck of a sailing ship cutting through the waves under the power of the wind alone. Living life on a sailing ship on the open ocean opens ones perspective on the world and creates a feeling of power and strength in the soul while teaching how small and powerless we really are against the supremacy of the elements. How do a group of young people coming from different parts of the world come together to learn about themselves, the ocean, and how a community sustains itself on a daily basis to become a cohesive and powerful team that has seemingly boundless energy to accomplish all of the ships fluctuating needs? The experience of the everyday molds and bends these individuals into what one student told me was a team "with one mind and different bodies." How is this accomplished within such a short time among such different people?
We have been together as a ships company for 4 weeks traveling across 1720 nautical miles of South Pacific Ocean in conditions from flat calm and oppressively hot to mountainous seas and blowing rain that sucks the heat out of your body. Through all of these experiences we have been looking out for each other and keeping the ship safe and "stoke levels high" throughout our time onboard, learning every moment more about the ship and the ocean around us. Constant vigilance along with experiential learning in leadership, navigation, ocean sciences, the physics of sailing, and the community living of keeping the ship clean builds the team stronger and closer together. Nothing on a ship can be done alone, so Leadership and teamwork play a vital role at every moment. As the Student Crew take on exponentially more responsibility over the operations of the ship during the last 2 weeks of the voyage experiential learning and team work will be intensified. This point in the voyage is the most challenging, but also when the most rewarding learning takes place. With our "one mind" attitude that was developed early in the voyage, our students will master these challenges amongst the stress of paper deadlines and the daily routine of a ship at sea. As we bring our experiences and lessons learned from sailing a beautiful ship towards the never ending horizon to what will seem like an all too soon end, what we really take home with us will be memories of the community and teamwork that we built with our shipmates.