Thursday September 20, 2012
Greetings from the Robert C. Seamans! We are happily sailing along under the four lowers on a Southerly track headed towards Cortes Bank. The wind is coming out of the West making our sail south very enjoyable! We had our first super station today, one of three during our trip for data collection for student projects. More to come on those later!
We have been lucky to see a few charismatic mega fauna on our trip so far! Yesterday Katy from Williams spotted and identified a pod of Rissos dolphins. And just now, at 1900 another pod of dolphins could be seen in a “feeding frenzy” after which they circled the ship a few times before heading out to sea on the starboard side.
In our watch system, each six person watch is spilt up to cover different areas of the ship. Three students are on deck, two can be found in the lab, and the last assists the wonderful stewards in the galley. For example, on deck today Will from California Maritime Academy, stood at the helm, did hourly boat checks, and helped furl the Jib out on the bowsprit. Mike from Williams worked in the lab with his assistant scientist launching a neuston net to bring back samples of the offshore waters of southern California filled with the animals and plants living within! Kirby from Smith is assisting in the galley helping clean and setting up for dinner – tacos! Every student will cycle through each watch station at least once during our time at sea.
I can hear Kirby ringing the dinner bell (a triangle) calling B and C Watch to dinner!