SEA Currents: new zealand
November 24, 2018
Miscellaneous watch experiences
I am writing this blog post right after dawn watch from 0100-0700. As many of my shipmates have already written, our lives are basically just eat, sleep, stand watch. Yesterday one of our professors told us that pretty soon we will get into a rhythm and we should find time to fit in school work when we are feeling good.
November 21, 2018
Live. Love. Lab.
Today was our first full day sailing the open ocean towards the Kermadec Islands. It was also my third time having lab duty during my watch. Lab duty is by far my favorite part of being on watch. I have always loved hands-on learning especially when it comes to science.
November 18, 2018
Moments to Breathe
Today marks the beginning of Week Two of our voyage, and our last day on land before a long stretch of sailing around the Kermadec Islands. It is hard to wrap my head around the fact that only a week ago my jetlagged self boarded the Robert C. Seamans.
November 16, 2018
The day started at 1300 for B-watch. Jenn and Kate would work with Farley in lab, Camryn would assist Sabrina in the Galley, and Sophia and Elena would stay on deck to partake in routine boat checks, navigation, and more. Having anchored early in the afternoon at Russell Island in the Bay of Islands, the warm spring sun and clear blue skies eagerly invited all members of the crew on deck to enjoy the weather, free time, and the smooth stability of the Robert C Seamans.
November 15, 2018
So the adventure begins. The sails are up and we are underway, course set to the Bay of Islands. There’s a sense of being able to breathe easy out on the water. After a day of motoring out of Auckland’s harbor, it was a relief to see the Jib Tops’l, Maine Stays’l and Mains’l up and flying.
November 13, 2018
Being present in the chaos
This semester has been in my mind for so long, to actually be here almost doesn’t seem real. I have told the story of what I will be doing at SEA so many times that my brain needs time to wrap my head around the fact that the wait is over: it is finally time to sail. After six weeks of intense classes, a collective 18 hours of flights, and a 12 and a half hour layover, I have crossed hemispheres and literally turned my world upside down.
November 11, 2018
Yesterday afternoon, students arrived in Auckland and boarded the Robert C. Seamans for the commencement of our S283 Global Ocean New Zealand program.
November 05, 2018
Sayonara Mama Seamans
We did it. S-282 is in Auckland! The only thing crossing my mind is how did it end so quickly?! Last week on the boat our Professor, Jeff, said in just a week we will be on land again and everything will be different and just like that, it was.
November 02, 2018
Skills, Useful and Otherwise
Greetings loved ones. Let’s take a journey. I… know a place… where the grass is really greener. Oh oh!
Just kidding. That’s the start of a Katy Perry song. And this is the S-282 blog post! Haha.
November 01, 2018
The End is Nigh
This morning started with the sun shining its beautiful rays on the South Pacific Ocean. It was a glorious sight. B-Watch was just finishing up dawn watch and for the second half I had the opportunity to be Junior Watch Officer.