SEA Currents: sailing
IT’S PARTEE TIME!!!!
Hello parents, friends and family. It is currently 1625 and the day is a gorgeous sunny blue with light winds and gentle waves. It has been a pretty sweet day since the first hour and continues to look good for the rest. As a member of C watch today is my day to see the beginning and end of December 5th, 2017 since I stood dawn watch and will soon be standing evening watch.
It’s on days like this, when I get to see the sun rise and set and the new day begin that I feel the progression of time on the ocean the most.
When was the last time you were awake from 1am to 7am? What were you doing for those hours? Maybe you were on an all-night road trip or cramming for the next midterm. As I write this, C-watch is in the midst of Dawn Watch, which runs from 1am-7am.
Dawn watch begins with a wake-up from a member of the previous watch.
Oh, What a Day!
When C-Watch took the deck at 0100 this morning, we were told to put on our foulies because it had been raining for quite some time. Although it was pouring down on us, we still had great visibility from the waxing gibbous moon above us. As the moon started to set and the sun started to rise, we were able to see the orange glow of the moon peak through the clouds. It was definitely a bright spot! As the sky got brighter, I noticed a double rainbow while at lookout.
Deep Waters and Shrinking Cups
Hello from water world (term from Assistant scientist Steve, who’s constantly on lookout for land)!
There is still no land in sight today, and we have been enjoying easterly winds and sunny skies here in the Pacific the past few days. It’s finally starting to feel like summer here along the subtropical currents. C watch (my watch) had the deck today from 0700-1300. Every watch has begun Phase 2 of our learning and leadership here on the ship. This includes shadowing our watch officers, making the rotation schedules, and even calling hands to sails as we all begin to take on more responsibility during watch.
Hello from the Pacific!
Today is another beautiful day on the Robert C. Seamans. It’s beginning to feel like summer here in the Southern Hemisphere and shorts and sandals are becoming more common than fleeces and hats. We have now passed the final islands in the Kermadec island chain and will be out of sight of land again for the next week and a half or so until we get to Napier.
Dear blog reader,
Today marks the beginning of our first phase change. Prior to today, our watch officers and assistant scientists were responsible for ensuring sailing and science were happening according to plan. In phase 1 we proved ourselves capable of taking on the next big challenge. What will this challenge look like?
Well, our first 24 hours has gone quite well since leaving Grenada. So far we have conducted two science stations and sampled with our hydrocast, meter net and neuston nets. Additionally, we have used flow through sensors to get readings on all kinds of water properties as we sail northwest of Grenada.
The Pinrail Chase: May the Best Watch Win!
Greetings from aboard the Robert C. Seamans, which is currently sailing northwards along the Kermadec Ridge! We were blessed with wonderfully sunny weather today - quite a stroke of luck, as we spent part of the day on the deck of the ship. Why, you may ask? Today was the PINRAIL CHASE, a lively inter-watch competition to see which of the three watches had best mastered the ship’s lines and their locations.
Useful Tip: It’s All About the Wide Stance
As I write this, the Seamans is sailing over thousands of meters of water!!! S-276 is extremely fortunate to be sailing over the Kermadec Ridge on our journey northward to Raoul. Our constantly sounding CHIRP instrument (which is pretty annoying) has been gathering data on the bathymetry (topography for the layman) of the ocean floor beneath us. So far we’ve sailed over some sea mountains and the saddle (the highest point) of the Kermadec Ridge which then drops to over 10,000 meters deep at its lowest point!!
A Sailor Survey
As we settle into a comfortable routine and get accustomed to the constant rocks and rolls of the boat, our focus can shift from some of us trying to keep our lunches down (there are fewer new members of the Fish Feeders Club every day) towards navigation, science deployments, and group discussions on cultural heritage. Our watch groups have been setting and striking sails, working in the labs and eating as one unit, so it’s fair to say we are getting to know each other pretty well.