SEA Currents: s283
November 23, 2018
Multispecies Entanglements, Petrel Friendships, and Chasing the Rainbow
Today we are sailing happily out towards the Kermadecs. Out on the open ocean with no land in sight, we are experiencing something that most people can hardly even imagine. This fact is not lost on me, nor on my shipmates, and as we cruise ever farther from the North Island of New Zealand and towards the Kermadec islands, we live in awe of the incredible ocean-scape that surrounds us.
November 22, 2018
Better Late than Never: More information on our second port stop
It was a pleasant Saturday morning when we sailed past the Hole in the Rock and into the Bay of Islands, just north of Auckland. The scenery all around us was stunning and we encountered lots of boat traffic, consisting mainly of sailboats. We then anchored just off of Russell, a cute little town tucked away between the rolling hills of the Northland.
November 22, 2018
Gales, Gratitude, and Gravy
Hello readers! Happy Thanksgiving!
We aboard the Robert C. Seamans have been preparing for the holiday, some of us helping to bake pies or hang decorations in the main salon (dining area), or even reminiscing about traditions of football and day-after leftovers. In anticipation of this blog post, I have been thinking a lot about the idea of gratitude, especially in the context of this program.
November 21, 2018
Live. Love. Lab.
Today was our first full day sailing the open ocean towards the Kermadec Islands. It was also my third time having lab duty during my watch. Lab duty is by far my favorite part of being on watch. I have always loved hands-on learning especially when it comes to science.
November 19, 2018
Today’s the day; S-283 and crew weigh anchor and leave Russell and the Bay of Island behind and begin our transit out to the Kermadecs. The ships company woke to a beautiful morning at anchor in Russell, NZ. Sabrina, our amazing steward, prepared a delicious breakfast for us all before a 0830 muster on the quarter deck.
November 18, 2018
Moments to Breathe
Today marks the beginning of Week Two of our voyage, and our last day on land before a long stretch of sailing around the Kermadec Islands. It is hard to wrap my head around the fact that only a week ago my jetlagged self boarded the Robert C. Seamans.
November 17, 2018
Conservation and Management Human Use Census #1
The S-283 Conservation and Management class completes a Human Use Census at each port that the ship visits. The goal of this is to catalogue the way humans are interacting with and controlling the use of the harbors we visit. With enough data over time, we will be able to track the changes in the use of each harbor, both visually and quantitatively.
November 16, 2018
The day started at 1300 for B-watch. Jenn and Kate would work with Farley in lab, Camryn would assist Sabrina in the Galley, and Sophia and Elena would stay on deck to partake in routine boat checks, navigation, and more. Having anchored early in the afternoon at Russell Island in the Bay of Islands, the warm spring sun and clear blue skies eagerly invited all members of the crew on deck to enjoy the weather, free time, and the smooth stability of the Robert C Seamans.
November 15, 2018
So the adventure begins. The sails are up and we are underway, course set to the Bay of Islands. There’s a sense of being able to breathe easy out on the water. After a day of motoring out of Auckland’s harbor, it was a relief to see the Jib Tops’l, Maine Stays’l and Mains’l up and flying.
November 13, 2018
Being present in the chaos
This semester has been in my mind for so long, to actually be here almost doesn’t seem real. I have told the story of what I will be doing at SEA so many times that my brain needs time to wrap my head around the fact that the wait is over: it is finally time to sail. After six weeks of intense classes, a collective 18 hours of flights, and a 12 and a half hour layover, I have crossed hemispheres and literally turned my world upside down.