SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
April 06, 2019
Saying Goodbye to New Zealand and Friends
43º52.517’ S x 176º49.85’ W
It’s the first April 6th here on the Robert C. Seamans! We will cross the international dateline and move back a day at one am our time tonight. I am a part of A watch here on ship, and today A watch had morning watch from 7 am to 1 pm and will have watch dawn watch at the time change, from 1 am tonight to 7 am tomorrow morning—the second April 6th! Today at the start of watch there was a beautiful sunrise. I’m pictured here with another watch member, Claire, enjoying some of those beautiful morning rays. We made our way to the Chatham Islands in order to say goodbye to one of our crew members. We were sad to see her go, but we wished her well on her journeys back home.
Today I was an engineer with the chief and assistant engineers Clare and Amber. Another watch member Mecky and I had to hand pump the fuel tank since the automatic fuel pump isn’t working properly. You could say it was arm day today because that was quite a workout. It’s also super-hot in the engine room, but it was cool helping out the engineers and learning some new things for the day. We were also on deck during watch, which was fun because we got to strike and furl some sails. I was at the helm and I was lookout for a bit, which can be amazing like the other night when we saw about 20 dolphins zooming below us colored with bioluminescence, or a pod of whales yesterday afternoon off the bow. After a successful watch, we had drill practice and then A Watch and a few others did A Watch Abs lead by our watch’s sailing intern Harry.
Yesterday our watch won the Line Chase competition, which is where we compete to see which watch knows all of their lines the quickest! The scientist of our watch, Steve, is also undefeated in the clicking competition, where he clicked a cell counter a whopping 298 times with one thumb in one minute. I scored a close 260! Last night after our afternoon watch from 1 pm to 7 pm, our watch got together for a couple competitive games of cards for some bonding time and fun, which is exactly how I pictured my evenings here on the Seamans. After everything that happened today, I’m ready for Sabrina’s amazing dinner and some sleep so I can wake up for my 1 am dawn watch tomorrow morning, the next Saturday the 6th!
P.s. to all the fans at home: I donated 5 whole times the first night we got underway but I’m feeling great now, and I still had an amazing time under a night full of spinning stars! Wish you all could see/enjoy this with me! Miss you <3
- Ginny Svec, A Watch, Smith College