SEA Currents: sailing
October 28, 2019
Banana Bread and Knots
Day 18: Another beautiful day here aboard the Cramer in the sub-tropical convergence zone of the Atlantic Ocean. Today, students spent time learning the ropes of whipping, seizing and eye splicing for our Nautical Science class this afternoon.
October 27, 2019
Today I was the birthday junior junior watch officer, as the plebs (or students) say. Officially, the title is junior watch officer, shadowing phase, but since it was my birthday and we like to get creative on the Robert C. Seamans, I was crowned the birthday junior junior watch officer (B-J-JWO).
October 22, 2019
A Super Science Station Morning
As I rose from my nest (aka my bunk) this morning, the smell of warm zesty muffins wafted my way. I climbed up the ladder to lab approximately 30 minutes after breakfast to begin morning watch from 0700-1300. After turnover, the A watch lab crew for the day (Jordan 2nd scientist, Riley sailing intern, and I) realized we had a nice busy day ahead of us.
October 21, 2019
The sea the sea the sea! It rolls and rolls and calls to me
A ship on the ocean distills the idea of movement. It’s the underlying force. We pitch and yaw and roll, and learn that walking in socked feet will end in sliding. It’s all about finding the balance between bracing and moving to the ocean’s rhythm.
October 20, 2019
Approaching Fiji: A Swim Call!
This morning started off slow with a late wake-up for A Watch as we had watch till 1 AM last night. I slowly rose out of my bunk in the forward ship and made my way to grab some waffles. Watch began at 13:00 and A watch had the privilege of making sure we stayed on the right course as we began to approach Fiji.
October 19, 2019
At the Helm
“Two turns right!” Allison, our chief mate, shouts.
“Two turns right!” I call out. Grabbing the top spoke of the helm, I rotate the wheel, my hand moving from my shoulders to my ankles to my shoulders and then to my ankles one more time and then the turns are complete, each movement more difficult than the next.
October 19, 2019
Learning for the Sake of Learning
Daily life aboard our new home is filled with not only fun and adventure but also knowledge and experiences that we will never forget. It’s really easy not to notice how much we are actually learning because of how exciting everything is.
October 18, 2019
The Ties that Bind
Perched upon the narrow wooden platform, partially up the foremast, I secured myself to the shrouds with my black and gold harness. I dangled my toes over the edge, 40 feet above the surface of the ocean. My harness straps pinched my thighs as I scooted closer to overcautiously grasp the sturdy rigging. I
October 13, 2019
Finally Off To Sea… Sort Of
Today after spending a couple of days docked in Woods Hole doing trainings and waiting for a shift in the weather, we finally heard the words we had all been waiting for “All hands to the quarter deck…prepare for departure!”
October 12, 2019
B Watch, Best Watch!
Ahoy Mateys! Hello all the way from Nuku’alofa, Tonga! After a long day of data organization and ship cleaning yesterday, we set sail at 0500 this morning towards the capital of Tonga and arrived around 1330. It was all hands on deck as we helped safely get Bobby C. Seamans into dock.