SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
October 26, 2014
Underway towards New Zealand
Lost forever in the divide (aka 19° 47.3’ S x 177° 40.6’ E)
Motorsailing close hauled under the mainstays’l and deep reefed main with forestays’l in the sail hospital
Course and Speed
170° and booking it!
Sunny and chilly and loving it
Today marks our first full day underway headed toward the magical land of NEW ZEALAND!! Who’s to say what this crazy new land may hold for the crew of the Robert C. Seamans? We’re headed almost dead due south for Auckland now which is also where our wind happens to be coming from, making our sailing transit a bit difficult since we cant sail directly into the wind. However, students are nailing their time at the helm with any steering challenges this may throw them. I can’t wait to see where the next 2 weeks take us (other than Auckland, of course) as we all strap on our sailing pants and head out for our longest sea leg.
They say to fly south for the winter… I think we made a wrong turn because boy is it getting chilly. Maybe we’re all too used to the cuddly warmth of the tropics but a standard 80° F day is starting to feel like a trip to Antarctica. Boots, hats and parkas galore! I know before I wouldn’t even consider wearing pants in this temperature let alone 2 pairs under insulated foulie gear. At least it’s starting to feel like fall… I think I spied quite a few cups of hot chocolate out and about today.
After an entertaining round of fax machine involving an abundance of leprechauns, dog-sharks and feral cats, and a delicious lunch from steward Sayzie and student assistant Susanna, B-watch took the deck donned in plaid, carhartts, and sandals with wool socks for an impromptu lumberjack themed watch. A few beats later, ship’s company was called to the Quarterdeck for the start of Field Day! This weekly ritual allows us some time to give back to the ship and clean all her hard to reach crevices. During this time old tradition, we break into watches, each claiming a compartment of the ship to defeat the mung! We began the battle against the filth with a rousing round of Miniature Tanks! There is truly nothing like crawling around the deck trying to head-butt each other. The rest is made easier with crazy music, candy and the occasional tutu (getting to reorganize the ships stores of chocolate chips and Cheez-its also helps). Dancing and elbow-grease lent the ships company ample energy in keeping our ship clean, healthy and happy.
As watch pulled to an end Val, chief mate Will and I were poised ready on the quarterdeck to watch the mystical green flash, only for it to hide once again, remaining yet a mystery behind teeny clouds on the horizon, but still revealing a magical sunset. As if the day could get any better, the finally clear and moonless night sky allowed for some luminous stargazing! Scorpio, Cygnus, Orion, the rest of the summer triangle and 3 planets are easily found these days with the welcoming sight of the Southern Cross early in the morning!
Katherine Hays, Cheez-It enthusiast.
PS. Familia – I told you I’d finally write one, love and miss you like cheese loves crackers. Maj, can’t wait to see you in NZ!