SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
March 28, 2015
We’re finally eating
43° 34. 6’ S x 177° 35.5’ E
Course & Speed
095°; East at 6.2 knots
Fore Stays’l, Mainsl, and Main Stays’l are set
It’s a sunny day with strong winds
In just three days, we’ve become well adapted to life on the Mama Seamans. Most of us students have officially developed our sea legs and are gradually transitioning our eating habits from grazing on saltines and bread to scarfing down generous amounts of gumbo and salad. We’ve never talked about how good it is to eat and keep it down until now. Thank goodness for sea sickness medication!
Forking food off of these gimbaled tables is also a bit interesting. When they lean towards you and then away from you, your instinct is to catch the drinks and plates before they fall. But these magical tables have had it all figured even before we did; they take advantage of gravity and sway with the motion of the waves to keep everything balanced. As you can see in the picture, we’re learning to avoid touching the table and letting it do its own thing.
Now that we’re relatively comfortable in our bodies during this constant rollercoaster, we’re jumping right back into academics where we left off on shore. We have class every day between 1430 and 1600, and today we took the time to practice celestial navigation using the sun. We’re also preparing for an assignment called “Creature Feature,” where we creatively teach the class how to identify organisms through song, poetry, or skit. I feel that this is a good way to put some humor into class time and keep our creative juices flowing.
All in all we’re getting used to life onboard, collecting data, sleeping like babies, actually eating like normal people, and of course having fun. By the end of this trip, we’ll collectively have enough pictures to paint our whole story… well minus the parts where we’re hanging over the railing. I’m excited to see how this will continue and what we may find in our science and in ourselves. Who will we become? That is the question.
From the other side of the world,