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October 24, 2018

The Beginning of the End

Dietrich Klug, C-Watch, Sewanee: University of the South


Today is our third day of the long haul to our final destination of New Zealand. The day started off as any normal day C-Watch had the deck at 0100 to 0700 switching positions of lookout, the helm, boat checks and science processing.

October 23, 2018

ABC’s of the Robert C. Seamans

Lizzy Hinman, A Watch, Grinnell College


Hello to all you land folks out there! Thinking that there would be little to talk about since we have already settled into the routine of being underway, I had prepared a fun vocabulary list of sorts to help you understand some of the important aspects of living on the Seamans. Well, I was wrong - there is never a dull day on the Mama Seamans, and there is plenty to talk about regarding these past 24 hours. So, as a compromise, I’ll give you a quick rundown of our day before I go into the ABC’s of the Robert C. Seamans.

October 22, 2018

Suva & Drua

Mariah Reinke, A Watch, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Greetings, once again, from the good ship lollipop!

Ah the misery of forgetting to save your blog posts… technology working against me once again.

October 19, 2018


Charlotte Lynch, Sailing Intern


Our first glimpse of Fiji and a feeling of excitement is in the air. Last night my watch, C watch, stood night watch (1900-0100) and I spent a good amount of time on lookout looking at the city lights in the distance, a new sight compared to our regularly scheduled view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

October 18, 2018

Countdown to Suva

Merlin Clark-Mahoney, Assistant Engineer


Field Day! Today was long and productive. I work as assistant engineer, and on Thursday our regular preventative maintenance routine is to exercise fifty or so valves, and lubricate ventilation dampers. It is not generally the favorite chore. This morning it was made easier with the excellent help of Olivia, one of the sailing interns. Valve day ended up only taking all morning, which is pretty good, considering.

October 17, 2018

Back in the Swing of Things

Haley Ferrer, C Watch, University of Vermont


What a day on the Robert C. Seamans! After many days spent altering between the states of standing by, motoring, and being hove to, today was one of the first full days of sailing that the ship has had in a while. While the time that we spent exploring Tonga and maneuvering around the brand new island has been nothing short of incredible, I have missed the sight of full sails and the feeling of being back in a steady routine.

October 16, 2018

Near-Gale Excitement

Emily Settlecowski, University of Denver


Our second day underway to Fiji from Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai has been an exciting one weather wise. Long gone are the days of motor sailing under the stays’ls on smooth, glass-like waters. Last night on evening watch, 1900-0100, the wind was blowing force 5 and force 6 with gusts at 7.

October 15, 2018

This too shall pass

Malika Elizabeth, The Evergreen State College


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I started the morning with a lovely wakeup by Irena at 5:20a.m. I was able to be assistant steward for breakfast.

October 12, 2018

Sunset in Nuku’alofa

Glenn Billman, B-Watch, Northeastern University


Now that we are clear of the excitement of a cruise ship booting us from the dock, we’re back to our routine. After re-docking in Nuku’alofa, we kept up our regularly scheduled programming and met with the Tongan Department of the Environment. But first, we started our day by going aloft for the first time.

October 11, 2018

To Nane and the Tongan Way

Ryan James Lavin, A-Watch, Cornell University


O.K. we just departed the dock by the palace in under 20 minutes to make way for an emergency aboard an incoming cruise ship that needed our parking space. Captain says we done good. No makings for an Allstate mayhem commercial here, no sir.

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