SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
December 18, 2017
Track Tramping & Christmas Spirit
36°26.4’S x 175°17.1’E
Course & Speed
course ordered 250° at 2.5 knots
Sailing full and by on a starboard tack through Hauraki Gulf
Wind and rain, but warm smiles all around
With Christmas decorations up in the galley, cookies being decorated, and the hum of “Winter Wonderland” being sung, I’m feeling the holiday spirit even in the New Zealand summer heat! As finals week (loose use of the term here, just look at the photo from yesterday) comes to an end, everyone on board is in high spirits and soaking up all the goodness of life on board the Robert C. Seamans.
Everyone started the day with an early wake up, and coming up on deck, we were reminded of the beauty the place we had anchored the night before provided: lush forested islands surrounding us in the deep blue bay. We packed our trail mix and started the small boat runs to land, ready to explore the island with hiking shoes strapped on, sea legs unfortunately unprepared. No one could stop admiring the immaculate track *fun fact, New Zealanders call trails: tracks, and call hiking: tramping!* even though the straight uphill was kicking our butts, A group of us even found a fresh water spring to cool down in and wash the salt off, a nice change in scenery from the swaying showers and shower time limits we’re used to.
Time on land, however, is not what we signed up for, so we headed back to the ship soon after, ready to set sail again and get back to our routine. Remember how I said our spirits we’re high earlier in my post? Well we were put to the test as winds picked up and squalls loomed on the horizon, and maybe it’s the holiday spirit in the air, but we all banded together for it to quickly became the most fun, entertaining, and exciting watch I’ve had. We set all the sails, tacked twice, and every comment I heard was positive and encouraging towards one another, making it an all-around great time. We had some great giggles too as we all become more comfortable in our leadership roles and find the time for light heartedness. I think the realization that we have to get off this boat that we now call home and go back to the real world is starting to hit us. And while we continue to deny that fate, I’d like to let it be known to you, my land dwelling reader, that I am going to miss this lifestyle and these inspiring, remarkable, crazy people that I’ve grown so close to these past few months. But for now we won’t acknowledge our fate and we’ll continue to live on our 134 ft world, sailing across the Pacific Ocean.
~ to the Pierson fam, Happy birthday Madre!! I can’t wait to see you and give you the biggest hug, I hope your day is filled with happiness and this blog post makes it even brighter because you’ve got a birthday wish special from the middle of the Pacific Ocean! Even featured a picture with me in it as your gift! Also, if Ry misses me yet and decides to read this- I listened to Taylor Swift’s new album, 10/10, big fan, can’t wait to listen to it on repeat with ya so soon!