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February 23, 2016

Class on the Bowsprit

Molly Stark-Ragsdale, C Watch, Macalester College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Starting from the beginning, breakfast this morning was like always, way beyond one’s expectations for breakfast on a ship.  Per usual we had a feast: breakfast burritos with eggs, beans, cheese, bacon, avocado, salsa, and sprouts.  This was all followed by a midmorning snack of banana bread. We set sail at 0830 (8:30) with all hands on deck.  This means everyone contributes to raising the sails, not just one watch.  We’ve all gotten much more efficient at and knowledgeable about sail handling, which made getting under way pretty smooth.

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February 22, 2016

We executed a Sierra Charlie

Hoai-Nam Bui, A-Watch, Macalester College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Despite some bouts of seasickness, it was smooth sailing all through the night. To quote our captain, she moved “like a bar of soap slipping across your bathroom floor.” At 1030 this morning, we deployed the CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) for the first time, and collected a lot of salps! According to Molly, salps stand for “snacking and lunching on plankton sludge.”

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February 21, 2016

The Open Ocean

Leland Swift, Carleton College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

After getting our first taste of sailing yesterday, following three long days of training at port in Auckland, class S-264 has been itching to get out to sea, and today we finally did. Once everyone had finished eating breakfast, we mustered all hands to deck, lifted anchor, raised the sails, and set out for the open ocean by 0800.

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February 20, 2016

First Sail

Johanna Bailey, C Watch, Whitman College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

After waking up, we hit the deck to practice some safety drills. First we talked about the station bill, a document that gives everyone a specific role in each type of emergency (man over board, fire and other emergencies, and preparing to abandon ship). Roles range from taking charge of a life raft to handling sails to grabbing emergency water (my job) or other supplies. We also learned how to deploy the rescue boat, which would occur in man over board situations.

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February 19, 2016

Prime opportunity to get new shoes

Jenna Lilly, A watch, Colgate University

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Kia ora! After 6 weeks onshore of learning about the Māori history and culture, today we finally were able to visit with the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei hapu (subtribe). We didn’t let our travel delay deter us from having an enjoyable morning, so before boarding the one bus in all of Auckland (thanks Ben and Jeff), we spent the morning lounging on the quarterdeck, playing games, and learning some new ASL signs.

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February 18, 2016

The First Full Day on the Bobby C

Alex Salesin, C watch, University of Virginia

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Hello! We’re having a fantastic time getting settled here on the ship. Our second to last member joined us today after a delayed flight and we will be excited to see our last crew member board this evening. We started the day with a chipper triangle instrument calling us to breakfast and sat down to our first family style morning meal. Then the crew attempted to fill our heads with even more information as we learned the basics of line handling.

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February 17, 2016

Kia ora, Aotearoa

Jeff Wescott, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sea Education Association

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Today begins the sea component for the class, crew, and faculty of Global Oceans New Zealand S-264. One advantage of an early ship arrival for a faculty member is the opportunity to see the incredible work of the oncoming and off-going crews in preparing the ship for the next voyage. I have been here on the ship for three days, constantly impressed by the collective knowledge and skill exhibited in every dimension of ship maintenance.

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February 15, 2016

S-264, The Global Ocean: New Zealand

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

The students of S-264, The Global Ocean: New Zealand, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland, New Zealand, by February 17th. They will end their voyage around March 26th, in Christchurch, New Zealand, with planned port stops in Bay of Islands, Russell, Wellington and Dunedin.

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