SEA Currents: s251
S251 Weblog 05 March 2014
Today is our last day in Mangareva before we head off to Hao and eventually end our trip in Tahiti. As you’ve probably read in prior blog posts, the weather has been iffy at best in Mangareva.
The first full day was absolutely gorgeous and a couple of us had the chance to hike Mount Duff, a steep local mountain.
S251 Weblog 04 March 2014
This morning we woke up with the expectation of taking a boat tour of the lagoon of Mangareva. The plan was to visit the various islands and motus, have lunch on the beach, and perhaps do a little snorkeling. When the time came to go, we learned that our boat driver had canceled on us. The squalls passing by caused him to cancel because of weather, a disappointing decision.
S251 Weblog 03 March 2014
Yesterday morning I went ashore with a number of my classmates to attend the Sunday morning catholic mass at the local church. I really had no idea what to expect and hadn’t quite decided the extent to which I was going to participate in the service. Although I spent a good portion of my Sundays at church back in the day, I’m not religious now and wasn’t interested in my own prayer so much as the cultural aspects of the mass that were unique to Mangareva.
S251 Weblog 02 March 2014
It is always feels a bit strange to be on shore after a long period at sea. Not that a week is that long, but it certainly feels that way after our island-hopping in the Marquesas. As it is Sunday, the morning started with a sizable number of students heading off to mass at the local Catholic church. From what I heard, it was extremely crowded and had some great music. I decided to forgo this particular activity in favor of something more adventurous.
S251 Weblog 01 March 2014
Today has truly been a full day! The morning started for C watch with a 0230 wake up to a squally watch motorsailing closer and closer to Mangareva. It took a while to find the land amidst all the shifting squalls on the radar, but 30 minutes after the dawn broke we finally spotted the peak of Mount Duff! Dry land is not a myth after all! After waiting out some rather mutinous rain clouds, all hands prepared for the transit to this new anchorage.
S251 Weblog 28 February 2014
Here we are, a month into our trip, the calendar about to switch over to March, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans about to arrive at our next port stop of Mangareva. I have been trying to get aboard for SPICE ever since my last visit to Polynesia on an Oceans and Climate trip over two years ago. This trip has been very different from that one, and most of the trips I’ve done, as there are many more port stops.
S251 Weblog 27 February 2014
Ahoy and greetings from the South Pacific!
During our long transit to our next port stop, Mangareva, we have begun the shadowing phase of our trip, where students shadow the mate of their watch and learn how to lead sail handling maneuvers, organize tasks that need to be completed on watch, and get a glimpse into the jobs and duties of the mates that work here at SEA.
S251 Weblog 26 February 2014
Hey yall out there! Were cruising along south and enjoying the groove of life at sea. Its been fun and a bit nostalgic to sail this trip, as my introduction to sailing was as a student on the SPICE voyage three years ago. I was bitten by the boat bug and dreamed of coming back to SEA to work as an Assistant Scientist. I‘ve been working on boats ever since and sailing with SEA in that role since this fall.
S251 Weblog 25 February 2014
Prior to beginning this trip, I often got the questions, How big is the ship? And HOW many people will be living on it? Naturally, many people were curious what living in such a small community and living space on the Seamans would be like. I too was somewhat challenged by the notion, fearful of how difficult it would be to be living so close to so many people for forty-four days.
S251 Weblog 24 February 2014
Its Monday 11.21 AM and I just realized that is my turn to write something on the blog. For me, it a real challenge to transcript my feelings in English because I’m the French guy of the ship. I’m going to try but don’t laugh.
First, the team S251 is very nice. Students enjoy the life on the boat. We can see it on their eyes when they are on the land, speaking with local people, testing new fruits, taking a ride.