SEA Currents: s272
April 25, 2017
“Wow, what an exciting day!” – me, every day
There truly is no limit to the excitement on board here. I especially felt this way today, which also happens to be my favorite schedule. We (B/Best watch) had night watch last night (1900-0100), meaning we got a semi-normal night sleep and then the whole morning until lunch free to ourselves. For me, that meant starting off with an awesome breakfast quiche made by Angel, even though I slept right through 0700 breakfast (she’s the sweetest).
April 24, 2017
The Beginning of the End
Hello world! To you, it’s Day 26 of our ocean voyage…but our watch rotations make for 18-hour days, so today feels more like Day 35 for us. It’s been one crazy rollercoaster ride having weathered out the effects of two cyclones but thankfully, the weather has finally steadied up a bit and both air and water temperatures are on the rise as we go farther north. Also, we broke 3000 nm today and are currently within 150 nm to the island of Raivavae!!!
April 13, 2017
Promesas a Las Estrellas
There are twenty-four hours in a day and we use every minute of it. Thus, this blog post is for April 13th, and starts promptly at midnight. We were continuing East on a starboard tack under the Stays’ls. I had just relieved my shipmate from bow watch and took his spot standing on lookout in the foremost part of the ship. I fastened my harness around the Stays’l line and looked out into the horizon. There was a light breeze, and the sea rippled with the appearance of scales. Beaufort force 2. It appeared as if were sailing through the moonlight.
April 12, 2017
Far Away From Anywhere…
I’m sailing my first trip as a dayworker (I sleep at night and work during the day instead of standing watch), so I’ve been able to come up on deck and join the dawn watch for absolutely stunning sunrises the past few days. I know that there is beauty all over the world, but knowing that we are about 700 nautical miles from the nearest point of land makes the ocean seem endless, and the sunrise even more beautiful.
April 11, 2017
Eating the Heart of the Sea
Once upon a time there was a group of sailors. In their hearts they knew that there were fish out in the deep blue ocean, but where were they?
Their lines got taken, and day by day they came up with nothing. These poor sailors did not know what to do. They even ate (amazing) sushi with shrimp salad and smoked salmon in hopes of bringing in the fish. Their moral were down, no hope of fish on the horizon, then it happened. A TUNA!!
April 10, 2017
Line chase, dead whales, and sunshine
We’re about a quarter of the way through our time on the Seamans, and after some time of seasickness, and nerves about being the people in this (very small) ship community who don’t yet have knowledge of the ship on the forefront of our minds, people are feeling like themselves again. More time has been found for good conversations, sharing music and stories as well as sailing knowledge. The magic of this community is starting to shine through all of the transitions and information and changes that we have been processing for the last week and a half.
April 09, 2017
Rockin’ and Rollin’ (But thankfully not as much)
I think the highlight (besides the chai tea and cookies for snack) of today was that while walking around the deck, I forgot we were on a boat.
The swells are still large, but today I was able to walk around the engine room without creating a new bruise somewhere on my body.
April 08, 2017
How’s S-272 Feeling Today?
As I’m sure won’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me, I’ve spent the few spare moments of the trip so far reading a book about math for fun (thanks dad!). Several unsuspecting shipmates, upon lightheartedly making fun of me or questioning what I was reading, have found themselves subjected to a longer than expected (or desired) conversation about statistics. So I thought I’d try and wrangle up some statistics about how people on the ship are feeling today.
April 07, 2017
Roaring Forties Come Roaring Back!
Well! Dawn watch had an interesting time as the weather arose seemingly out of nowhere (it is hard to see cloud activity in the dark). Near the end of our watch it really picked up and we had to strike the jib and storm trys’l before breakfast. The captain gave us compliments on our no complaints attitude as we were called back on deck to finish some sail handling, especially Carina’s helmsmanship in the peak of the squall! Way to go C Watch!
April 06, 2017
We woke up to the sound of rattling and banging this morning, along with a change in how the boat tossed and turned us in our bunks, just a few moments before B watch (my watch) was to be woken up for Dawn Watch from 0100-0700.