SEA Currents: s251
S251 Weblog 23 February 2014
Ahoy landlubbers, and greetings from the deck of the Bobby C! We are now in the middle of royal blue waters nearly 3 nautical miles deep with 700 nautical miles to go to Mangareva. We hope for smooth sailing ahead as this will be our longest open ocean transit yet for the next six days. We hauled in our anchor last night and departed Fatu Hiva around 2000 (pronounced twenty-hundred, or 8PM).
S251 Weblog 22 February 2014
There are no words in existence that are beautiful enough to describe today. After waking up to softly-spoken words from my shipmate Midori and an interesting Polynesian-styled breakfast we embarked on another adventure into Fatu Hiva.
Last night we were invited to dinner by a local family consisting of two grandparents and their nine and a half year old granddaughter whose name is Naheia, pronounced Na-hey-a. She is something special.
S251 Weblog 21 February 2014
I’m swinging in a hammock strung between the forestays’l traveler and the forward port shrouds, preparing to write about my day today, which was just as full of activities as every other day this month. Three days ago, a very old woman taught us about the relationship the ancient people of Nuku Hiva had with sex and sexuality. Two days ago, we were greeted in Tahuata with an enormous feast and beautiful music and dancing, and with a cake with a single candle, presented to us in the hope that the Robert C. Seamans will return to the island in one year’s time.
S251 Weblog 20 February 2014
After our first full day in Tahuata, we were able to visit the town of Vaitahu to experience the island’s rich local culture for ourselves last night. The locals had prepared a massive feast for us, including poisson cru, coconut bread, goat meat, and a variety of other Marquesan specialties. We also had the privilege of watching some school children from the town perform traditional cultural songs and dances and were even able to learn a couple of our own. For me, this was by the far the most immersive connection we have had the opportunity to make with another community and I will continue to cherish this meaningful experience in the future.
S251 Weblog 20 February 2014
On the night of the 18th, the Robert C. Seamans motored quietly into Vaitahu Bay besides the main village on the island of Tahuata. Amid the inky darkness we could faintly see the outline of mountainous peaks looming above us. The light of the next morning gave way to our sight of the landscape, rising well over 1,000 meters in some places with scatterings of palm trees, sandalwood and foraging goats. With this new day we were greeted with a very hectic yet very exciting schedule.
S251 Weblog 18 February 2014
What an amazing few days in Nuku Hiva! Yesterday, we invited twenty local high school students aboard the Robert C. Seamans for a day sail, and it was a blast! We headed out of Taiohae Bay and quickly set the tops’l, and the stays’ls. This was a first for all of us, as we had yet to see the tops’l set. When hauling on the lines, we need all the help that we can get, and the Marquesan guys were a huge help!
S251 Weblog 17 February 2014
Nuka Hiva is a place laden with history. Yesterday we got a glimpse of its history, as well as some of the natural marvels of the landscape, as we RVed around the island traveling to 4 different valleys—Taiohae, Taipivai, Hatiheu and Houmi—viewing the island from car windows with the occasional photo or historical pit stop along the way. Many of us were more than happy to spend some time sitting down after the hike we went on the day before. We happen to be in Nuka Hiva during its wet season so everything is especially green and the rivers especially full.
S251 Weblog 16 February 2014
I’m Sarah, the Chief Mate of the Robert C. Seamans. Today I had an awesome day on the ship. We are at anchor in Nuku Hiva, a beautiful, green, volcanic island in the Marquesas. Our anchorage is in a protected bay with mountains towering high on three sides. We are about a mile in from the mouth of the bay, and there are smaller cruising sailboats anchored between us and the public dock.
S251 Weblog 15 February 2014
Today on a remote Polynesian island called Nuka Hiva, I got married. In a traditional Marquesan service, my hair and the hair of my current wife, Zoe Walpuck (Denison 2015), were woven together and bathed with soothing scented oils. Zoe, after realizing what she had just done, quickly annulled the marriage so I guess I cannot call her my “current” wife any more. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
It all started when the Robert C. Seamans pulled up, literally out of the blue, to a tall and dark island.
S251 Weblog 14 February 2014
It may not feel like February here in the tropics, but students and crew awoke this morning eager to celebrate Valentines Day the Bobby C way. Earlier in the week we randomly chose Valentines-Secret Santa style-to make cards, poems, or gifts for. With the help of the craft drawer in the main salon where we eat meals, students and crew made everything from funny poems and sweet letters to a handmade bracelet. In such close quarters, it was hard to keep a secret, but everyone had fun discovering personalized valentines in their bunks this afternoon.