SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
October 18, 2015
17° 57.5 S x 179° 07.8 E
Course and Speed
195 and 4.3 kts
Main stays’l, fore stays’l, and jib
Windy and cloudy
Even though at sea we have a very busy routine that limits us to mostly just eating, sleeping, and being on watch, we still manage to have a "weekend". Now, our weekend only lasts about 12 hours but we get them every three days. Having a weekend means that you do not have the morning watch (0700-1300) or the afternoon watch (1300-1900). And just like weekends in the "real world", we don't get them without a week worth of work. Before getting to the weekend a watch must have the 3am dawn watch. Dawn watch can be great because you can sometimes experience the dark starry sky fade to a meld of warm bright colors (if it is not cloudy or rainy). But on the other hand it can be a drag after the "week" of being up at weird hours and working constantly.
Today was C watches weekend. And once we got off dawn watch to a hot banana pancake breakfast I knew it would be a good one. The typical C watch weekend is productive and full. After the dawn watch clean-up of scrubbing the floors and toilets, we all retire to our bunks for a nap. Slowly we wake up one at a time and congregate to the saloon with a book in one hand and tea in the other. Eventually the books fall to the side and the chatter over tea and mid-morning snack begin. We all hang out in the saloon until lunch appears on the tables. Class proceeds shortly after with reports and lessons (sadly there is still school on the weekend). However this weekend was especially important because it was Adrienne's 21st birthday (#23- C Watch). So after class we all got red velvet cupcakes. This motivated the C watch ladies (Erin, Annelise, Adrienne, and Elsie) to start their daily exercise routine. Followed by Adrienne leading us in a spectacular Yoga session.
From there we pack the rest of our time with card games, journaling, hanging out on the bowsprit and anything else we desire. The weekend comes to an abrupt end after dinner when our evening watch beings. All the other crewmembers meander to bed between 2000-2100 in order to rest up for their next watch schedules. However the weekenders stay up late (evening watch: 1900- 2300). Even though it is forced, I like to think it is because it is my weekend.
Our weekends are not long but as a sailor you learn to adjust to the schedule you are given. You learn to be to be thrifty with your time and not to waste a moment. I became amazed by how much I could do in just 12 hours.
As Robin Lee Graham said "the sea has taught me how little I need- not how much."