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June 06, 2016

Day of Halfs / Christmas in June?

Siobhan Laughy, University of New Hampshire

Pacific Reef Expedition

Well this has been a crazy journey, so much has happened over these last two weeks. Yesterday June 5th, marked our halfway point of the trip. Knowing this is wicked (I’m such a New Englander) exciting, but very bittersweet. I feel as if I have come such a long way in such a short time because of this experience. Coinciding with the halfway point on our calendar is the geographic mid-point in our sailing journey, Christmas (Kiritimati) Island; neatly situated about 1300 nm from both Hawaii and Tahiti.

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June 05, 2016

Nautical Nonsense: The Journey to Becoming Shellbacks

Hannah Adams, Trinity College

Pacific Reef Expedition

The event we have all been waiting for finally occurred: we officially crossed the equator.  Before we crossed, us pollywogs (non-equator crossers) had to be initiated by King Neptune in order to become official shellbacks (someone who has crossed the equator on a sailboat).  The staff who were already shellbacks dressed up in interesting costumes including body paint, masks, and hats, while the pollywog professional staff was blindfolded.

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June 04, 2016

Pollywog Watch

Kylie Bold, Eckerd College

Pacific Reef Expedition

Ahoy from the realm of King Neptune! Today for Field Day we were visited by His Majesty’s messengers who so kindly informed us that dirty ships were not permitted to cross the equator, and with our arrival to this magical line quickly approaching we shipmates got down to work making the Bobby C. spotless.  Every last inch was scrubbed clean, top to bottom.

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June 03, 2016

Living the High Life!

Andrew Musgrave, Humboldt State University

Pacific Reef Expedition

I started this morning off a bit early with a wake up at about 0045, our watch started at 0100 and continued through till 0700. During watch I was assigned to lab, one of my favorite jobs on the ship, with Hannah. In lab we did a large variety of tasks, we processed the previous watches Neuston tow and discovered a large spike in biovolume(we later learned it was due to equatorial upwelling caused by Ekman transport and the coriolis effect), We also measured the pH, chlorophyll-a concentration, and the PO4 concentration of our sea surface sample.

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June 02, 2016

YoHo, YoHo, It’s a Pirates Life for Me!

Alex Pica, Stonehill College

Pacific Reef Expedition

When we were young we were probably all caught thinking of what life would be like if we were a pirate. Maybe one year we dressed up as one for Halloween, or went on the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride at Disney. However, one does not truly know the life of a pirate until you live as one. So far my journey on the SSV Robert C. Seamans has taught me many things about adjusting to life at sea.

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June 01, 2016

Setting Sails, Tying Knots, Living the Dream

Heather Crosby, Sewanee: University of the South

Pacific Reef Expedition

Wow what an adventure this has been. I feel as though everyone is well on the way to becoming true mariners. I can confidently say that I have never learned so much so quickly and actually felt as though the information was being retained. A large part of the day was spent hastily learning knots and lines, as part of our phase one objectives list. Knots that I now know include the bowline, figure-eight, reef knot, a double sheet bend, a rolling hitch, and a round turn & two half hitches.

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May 31, 2016

Whatever The Weather

Maya Ludtke, Wellesley College

Pacific Reef Expedition

Hello to friends and family far away! Last night at 19:00 the crew of the Robert C. Seamans “Heave Ho’d” together to set the main’sl and begin the next leg of our journey en route to Kiritimati Island. Yesterday, we spent the day snorkeling at Karoraina conducting reef surveys. Students broke into pairs to focus on inverts, coral, and fish within the ecosystem. Although impossible to ignore evidence of bleaching, the reef was magnificent.

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May 30, 2016

Wrasses and Turtles and Sharks, Oh My!

Sam Wall, Rollins College

Pacific Reef Expedition

Today the crew of the Robert C. Seamans had the privilege of snorkeling one of the most remote and least seldom visited reefs in the Pacific, the fore reef of Caroline/Karoraina Island. From what I understand, the island is a protected area in Kiribati, and I can absolutely see why!

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May 29, 2016

Sweeeeet Carolineeee. . .Bum Bum Buuuum (que music)

Johann Vollrath, American Samoa Community College

Pacific Reef Expedition

This entire journey so far has been such a blast. First off, I have been getting used to our watch schedules which are used to determine who will be up for every part of the day. From our watches I have learned that I am sleeping way too much at home then i should be. I get so much work done before the sun starts to rise over the horizon. Our steward is also such an awesome cook. I eat just as well as i do at home, and she surprises us each night.

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May 28, 2016

Sailing under a full stack and Field Day!

JJ McDowell, Tech Hand

Pacific Reef Expedition

Last night was a momentous occasion. For the first time on this trip we set the full stack, and were zipping along without motoring. Within a few hours of departing our anchorage at Rangirora the students set the forestays’l and mainstays’l, set the tops’l, set the raffee, struck the forestays’l, set the course, and set the mains’l. Being the diligent students they are, there was hardly a misstep as we set more sails than we have had all trip.

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