SEA Currents: new zealand
March 07, 2019
ABCs of the Robert C Seamans: Apple Crisp, Bioluminescence, and Companionship
“Glowing dolphins!” was how I started my day. A little after 0000 I woke up to Fin murmuring to those awake that dolphins were lit up by bioluminescence in the water off the starboard bow. For this rare opportunity I slid out of bed 30 minutes early, pattered up on deck, and draped myself over the rail where I hung staring at the water, dazzled in amazement.
March 05, 2019
Last Day in Napier
Today was the last full day of our impromptu stop in Napier. A few days ago, we looked forward to today being the end of our longest segment at sea, as the original plan had us arriving in Wellington today. Instead, we have spent the last three days enjoying Napier, a mid-size beach town in Hawke’s Bay.
March 04, 2019
Boppin’ around Napier
We woke up bright and early to two new views: a sea lion, and the Ovation of the Seas! Here we were, dwarfed in comparison to this massive cruise ship. It was quite the sight in this industrial logging port.
March 01, 2019
Today, B-watch took the deck at 1300 after most of us slept in until lunchtime due to our long evening watch the previous night. Morale was a bit low, as the rough seas we have been facing have taken a toll on both our bodies and our original plan for out course track. Our morning was spent preparing for the notorious pin rail race that would be happening during class time at 1430.
February 25, 2019
VolcaNO Place I’d Rather Be
According to my watch, it’s Monday, so I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Sunday on the Robert C. Seamans was spent sailing around Whakaari, an active volcano. That morning, having slept through breakfast after midwatch, I woke up to the sight of Whakaari framed by my bunk’s porthole.
February 22, 2019
Field Day Fun
Today marks day two of our passage to Wellington. Despite the watch officer transition yesterday, things have been running smoothly and everyone is happily settling into life offshore once again.
February 21, 2019
Can Ya Gybe with it?
Today was day one of our 12-day sail from Russell down to Wellington. The near future is both exciting and daunting as we will not set foot on land for the next two weeks or so. With that being said, everyone is settling back into the groove of being on a watch schedule and adjusting well to life at sea after being anchored for two nights.
February 20, 2019
Exploring the Bay of Islands
Finally having a full day in port after a long week of learning the ropes (pun), the crew was ready to fill our one full day in the Bay of Islands with as much as we could before setting off on the long journey to Wellington. The day was to be separated into three main activities; a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, “research time,” and dinner back aboard the Robert C. Seamans with important guests that were friends of Professor Jeff Wescott.
February 18, 2019
Present and In Awe
Day four of sailing, and we’re already accustomed to life at sea! It took a few days for a couple of us to gain our sea legs, myself included. Some waves are bigger than others, and I definitely could feel the bigger waves. But now, the gentle rocking, the unbalanced moments, and everything else the Pacific has to offer us, can now be fully embraced.
February 15, 2019
A 21st birthday celebration on land is deceivingly similar to that underway. Full of well wishes, tasty cakes, reflection, and likely some vomiting. I began my morning with a watch shift, where we made sure the boat was safe and secure and that all was well as the sun rose.