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February 22, 2018

We are on our way!

Hannah Locke, C Watch, Eckerd College

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Today was our first full day at sea for the longest leg of our journey from the Bay of Islands down to Wellington. It was an action-packed day full of SO MUCH SCIENCE. We deployed the first CTD, a Secchi Disk, a hydrocast carousel, conducted a surface station, the one-meter net, and the Neuston net. In order to conduct these activities we had to significantly slow the boat down, we had to heave to.

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February 21, 2018

A perfect day for sailing

Eliza Malakoff, A Watch, Carleton College

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After a thorough ship cleaning this morning, we hoisted several sails and, passing beautiful green hills and craggy basalt cliffs, entered the open ocean. The water slowly turned from the estuary’s brown to a stunning clear blue as sheerwater and petrels - seafaring birds often seen far from coast - replaced orange-billed oystercatchers and cormorant-like shags.

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February 20, 2018

Update on Tropical Storm Gita

Elliot Rappaport, Captain, Professor of Nautical Science

The Robert C Seamans sailed from Opua, Bay of Islands, NZ this morning in moderate northwesterly winds after a successful stop that included visits to the nearby town of Russell and the historic Waitangi Treaty grounds. Yesterday at the wharf we experienced several hours of rain and gusty wind as the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Gita passed to the south of us, but our stay was otherwise unaffected. Gita is forecast to gradually dissipate as she moves away from the South Island over the next 24 hours, and we are looking forward to the advent of some fair weather as we begin our passage towards Wellington.

As always, we are grateful for our local network of friends and colleagues, who were a great resource in planning ahead for any possible contingencies related to this weather event. New Zealand is at its heart a nation of sailors, always willing to assist in adjusting plans when necessary.

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February 20, 2018

Last Day in Opua

Duncan Jackson, C Watch, University of Oregon

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Today brought answers to a silent anticipation much of us have felt since the weekend. Today Tropical Cyclone Gita was expected to (and did) cross New

Zealand’s path at full force. For this reason, we had altered our voyage plan, opting to dock in the small town of Opua as opposed to Russell, in order to retreat further into the Bay of Islands, where we would be better protected from the path of the storm.

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February 19, 2018

Successful First Sailing Leg to the Bay of Islands

Jessica Duong, B Watch, Trinity College

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Over this past weekend we completed our first sailing leg of the trip, navigating northwest of Auckland towards the Bay of Islands. Working in a six hours on watch and 12 hours off watch schedule, we gained introductory experience in various watch duties (boat checks, lookout, steering at the helm). While we motored for the first portion of our voyage, we eventually turned off the engine and set the four lower sails (jib, fore stays’l, main stays’l, mains’l) to truly sail the Seamans.

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February 16, 2018

What a day, we’re underway!

Katie Armstrong, A Watch, Mount Holyoke College

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Hello there landlubbers!

Today is a very special day for S-277, as this is the first time we are not at dock or anchor while aboard the Bobby C! We left anchor outside of the Auckland marina at about 1500 and have our sights set for Russell, in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Bay of Islands.

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February 15, 2018

You Are Here

Annie Roberts, B Watch, Boston College

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Hi there, friends and family!

Today began earlier for B Watch than it did for the other watches, as we were assigned to the first dock watch. Dock watch was done in pairs for two-hour shifts. It involved doing boat checks each hour from 2100 through 0700 in the morning, when we ate breakfast.

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February 14, 2018

Drinking from the Fire Hose of Learning

Summer Stafford, B Watch, University of Redlands

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Hello friends! Today not only marks Valentine’s Day here in NZ, but also our first full day on the ship. We started the morning off by splitting up to do some more training. We spent last night doing the “orientation station rotation” at which we filled our brains to the brim with new boat knowledge, including how to do an hourly boat check and check the engine room.

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February 13, 2018

Haere mai ki Aotearoa (Welcome to New Zealand)

Jeff Wescott, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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The students, faculty, and crew of S-277, The Global Ocean New Zealand, have all arrived aboard SSV Robert C. Seamans, docked in Auckland. Following two full days of intensive ship training, coupled with visits to a local Maori community and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, we will set sail for the Bay of Islands.

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February 08, 2018

S-277: The Global Ocean

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The students of S-277, The Global Ocean, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland, New Zealand on February 13th. They will depart the ship in Christchurch on March 23rd, after port stops in Russell, Wellington, and Dunedin.

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