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November 19, 2016

Field Day

Helen Dufel, B Watch, Deckhand

Ocean Exploration

When you think of Field Day you probably envision three legged races and egg tosses. On the Robert C. Seamans it’s even better! Field day happens about once a week and this is our chance to scrub every surface and corner on the boat. Different from our Daily Cleaning, Field Day takes a couple hours and a whole lot of team work. All hands are necessary and dancing is greatly encouraged. At this time, each watch is assigned a section of the boat and you can enjoy various genres of music as you pass from one end of the ship to the other.

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November 18, 2016

A day in the Bay of Islands

Marcel de Wilde , C Watch

Ocean Exploration

Ok. Lets set something straight here. Its tOmato people. Not tAmato. Nuh uh.

My name is Marcel and I’m the only Kiwi on a boat full of Americans sailing through the South Pacific. HELP ME.  When I notice the wind picking up and the temperature dropping I tell my fellow crew members to go “chuck on a jersey”, but all I receive are weird looks and eye rolling.

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November 17, 2016

Fun things that were New-New at Anchor in Whangamumu

Dakota Hanke-Ledwith, C watch, University of Vermont

Ocean Exploration

I woke up for our morning watch, and as I clambered onto the quarter deck, all I could see around us in a 360 degree view, was a beautiful, green, landscape. And my initial thought was ‘how in the heck did we get in here?!’

This was accomplished by some serious maneauvers, clear communication, and teamwork while being “pelted in the eyes” by rain says Captain Pamela.

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November 16, 2016

Heading Towards Russell

Kyra Thompson, B watch, Hawaii Pacific University

Ocean Exploration

We are underway to Russel today once again leaving from Kawau Bay, we were very lucky and fortunate that the weather and winds changed in our favor to a westerly wind that allowed us to get underway at first light this morning. It was a very exciting morning and day overall. We set a max of four sails, our four lowers (Main’sl, Mainstay’sl, Forestay’sl, and Jib). C watch had the watch that put the sails up first. Then during class all hands (everyone) was able to set some sails as we jibed to slow down the ship in order to do a science station.

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November 15, 2016

Our Other Self

Kaia Findlay, A Watch, UNC-Chapel Hill

Ocean Exploration

There’s a Navajo poem called In Lak’ech (this is spelled wrong but without the wonders of Google I can’t look up the correction) that goes:

You are my other me.
If I do harm to you,
I do harm to myself.
If I love and respect you,
I love and respect myself.

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November 14, 2016

Getting Underway

Dr. Chuck Lea, Chief Scientist S-270

Ocean Exploration

We are complete! The last people to arrive have arrived and we are ready to go. After an intense day of orientation to the ship, the lab,the galley and a complete round of safety drills we feel like we can make our way to the north. First we’ll get another good night on the hook getting some more rest but also letting the students become more familiar with the routines, lines and responsibilities of the ship. They are standing anchor watch and looking out after us all after only a day onboard.

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November 13, 2016

Class S-270 begins!

Janet Bering, B Watch, 2nd Assistant Scientist

Ocean Exploration

Greetings family and friends of the newest crew of the Robert C. Seamans, class S-270!

Today is my favorite day of each trip! We, the professional crew and interns, greet our student crew as they arrive to the ship from the states and begin our new adventure. Everyone is so excited and energized for all of the glorious days yet to come and all of the learning we will all do. It is a very fun day.

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November 13, 2016

New Zealand Earthquake Update

As you may have heard in the news this morning, there has been an earthquake event on the South Island of New Zealand.

The Robert C. Seamans is anchored and aware of this event. All appears okay for their area. They have communicated with the harbormaster and have been informed no immediate concerns for Auckland harbor and are continuing to monitor this situation.

We will continue to post updates here should any new information become available.

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November 09, 2016

S-270: Ocean Exploration

Study Abroad Voyage Map

The students of S-270, Ocean Exploration, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland, New Zealand by November 13th. They will return to Auckland around December 21st, after port stops in the Bay of Islands, the Kermadec Islands and Napier.

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