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Class S-274, SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems (SPICE) departed campus on September 22, 2017 and will sail the SSV Robert C. Seamans from American Samoa to Auckland, New Zealand making several island nation stops along the way. You can find the ship's blog and podcast, Sea Stories, here. Class C-275 SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration, is still on campus finishing their shore term and will meet the SSV Corwith Cramer in October.
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Ahoy to whom it may concern!
We awoke at 0300 for our dawn watch and witnessed a glorious, yet distant thunderstorm under a starry sky. We then witnessed a majestic sunrise under which we continued to celebrate our glorious line chase victory. The line chase is a relay where we test our knowledge of the ships lines.
Our latitude is steadily ticking down to 0º00’, and with the equator looming ever closer on the horizon, it strikes me how far we’ve sailed in just ten days - over 1300 nautical miles. We have not seen land nor any sign of humans since leaving Hawaii, our only company some boobies and tropicbirds. Days have melded together into a series of 18-hour watch cycles instead of days governed by the rising and setting of the sun. At only 2ºN, we are truly experiencing the Equatorial Pacific.