SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
May 05, 2016
Why is the ship no longer moving?
16° 43.8’S x 151° 26.4’W
Description of location
Alongside Uturoa, Raiatea
The last time I wrote the blog was just under a month ago when we dropped anchor off of Port Hut, in the Chatham Islands. Today, we came alongside in Raiatea and are now tied up in Uturoa. If you have been following our trip, you know that a lot has happened in between.
I came up on watch this morning to find the ship standing off of Raiatea. Huahine could be seen peeking through some clouds off on the horizon, while the passage through the reef into the Lagoon was in front of us. We transited the reef passage a few hours later, striking our sails and prepping our dock lines. After 25 days of open ocean sailing, the lagoon was a bit of a shock. Small sailboats were everywhere, cars could be seen driving near the water, people watched us pass from their houses, and planes flew overhead. We are back in civilization. Everything is super green.
Working together, we docked the ship and got her tied up alongside so that we could clear customs into French Polynesia. Despite being physically tied to land (for the first time since we left the dock in Lyttleton, NZ) we are not getting off the ship until tomorrow. Instead, today was filled with science presentations by the students, general ship maintenance, and excitement over what is coming in the next few days. Stay Tuned.
PS. To my friends and family on shore, I hope you all are well! I am looking forward to hearing from everyone in the near future. Expect postcards.