SEA Currents: s281
July 23, 2018
Welcome to Kanton
The last 24 hours are a bit of a blur, but they seem to have lasted forever. I have heard this means you are living in the moment. It is hard not too when the moments are as sweet as they are. Last night the folks here on Kanton threw us a welcoming reception.
July 22, 2018
Snorkeling in Kanton
It is our third day in Kanton and snorkeling is in full swing. This morning at 08:30 myself and 11 others took two small 8 person rescue boats to a reef on the outer edge of the atoll. On our way there we were greeted by a pod of dolphins who swam under our little boat, not more than two feet below us, leading us to our destination.
July 21, 2018
Mauri friends and family of the 2018 SEA PIPA Expedition,
Our little world shrunk to 34 people when we boarded this ship in Honolulu, but our world began to grow when we started trawling for zooplankton below us and realized we were far from alone. Our little world just grew again today.
July 20, 2018
It has officially been two weeks since we departed Honolulu and set sail for the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati. After seeing nothing but open ocean and passing by Endurbury Island yesterday for 1900 miles we have made it to Kiribati, specifically Kanton Island where we were finally able to set foot on stable ground for the first time in what seems like an extremely long time.
July 19, 2018
Land Ho! After 2 weeks aboard the Robert C. Seamans we have laid our eyes on land. The Enderbury Island was used in the 1800s for mining guano. This guano was then shipped off to make fertilizer. After the discovery of less isolated location with just as much guano, the island became uninhabited, and has remained so ever since.
July 18, 2018
Into the Protected Area
Brian here again, and what an exciting few days it’s been! My classmate and shipmate Andrew spoke about crossing the equator and what an experience that was. I didn’t realize how much of a feat it was to cross from the Northern Hemisphere into the Southern and I was so enthralled with the festivities that I even allowed myself to get an equatorial haircut! Shortly after, we crossed into PIPA and now the real fun begins.
July 17, 2018
0 degrees North, 0 degrees South. The Equator!
The ship’s company gathered on the quarterdeck today a little before 0700, with C-Watch bleary-eyed but excited from their dawn watch. Captain Rick gave the order to throttle back on the main engine, slowing to a steady 2.7 knots under sail power.
July 16, 2018
My home away from home
We continue to draw nearer and nearer to the equator-news that Sadie mentioned yesterday and will probably continue to be repeated until we actually cross (estimated to be sometime on Tuesday). We aboard are all preparing our “rituals” for the crossing: in some sailing traditions you shave your head when you cross the equator and in others a musical “offering to Neptune” is given by those who have not sailed across the equator before (the students and not a small number of the staff!)
July 15, 2018
Into the Southern Trades
Our latitude is steadily ticking down to 0º00’, and with the equator looming ever closer on the horizon, it strikes me how far we’ve sailed in just ten days - over 1300 nautical miles. We have not seen land nor any sign of humans since leaving Hawaii, our only company some boobies and tropicbirds. Days have melded together into a series of 18-hour watch cycles instead of days governed by the rising and setting of the sun. At only 2ºN, we are truly experiencing the Equatorial Pacific.
July 14, 2018
Learning the lines
Today’s installment of Pacific Adventures ft. the Robert C. Seamans is brought to you by Kerry. If you have been keeping up with the blogs, you know we are on our 9th day of sailing! From our first day aboard, our watch leaders have emphasized the importance of line handling, making sure that we can all safely and securely set and take down sails.