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SEA Currents: Apr 2015

April 25, 2015

Tiki Quest

Brittany Denzer, B Watch, Colorado College

Oceans & Climate

Today was the day everyone on the boat has been waiting for since leaving the Chatham Islands 26 days ago and surely dreaming about since signing up for this program - setting foot on a beautiful French Polynesian island. Because there are 35 of us on board and we are still responsible for ship duties even in port, half of the boat was allowed to go ashore while the other half stayed aboard and worked on the ship (deep cleaning, sailing our little boat Gene, and swim calls). Tomorrow we will switch.

April 25, 2015

Dodging Squalls then Field Day Calls

Anthony Daley, A Watch, University of New Hampshire

MBC spring 2015

Good Evening Parents, Friends, Lovers, Acquaintances and other blog readers that don’t fall under any of these categories,

All students aboard the Corwith Cramer are starting to get used to the schedule of rotating watch shifts. Altogether there is dawn watch (0300-0700), morning watch (0700-1300), afternoon watch (1300-1900), evening watch (1900-2300) and mid watch (2300-0300). Sleeping opportunities are precious and nap time is definitely taken advantage of by many. This morning my watch (A team!) relieved C watch at 0700 and the seas were still calm like the day before.

April 24, 2015

Puttering to Paradise, or Are We Already There?

Lizzie Tonkin, B Watch, Colby College

MBC spring 2015

Hello Parental Units, Friend-Type-People, and other Denizens of the Internet reading this Blog,

If we were in Bermuda, laying on the beach getting a tan, today would have been a great day.  Alas, we are sailors, so extremely hot with little wind is not the ideal sailing weather.  Thankfully, we have an engine.  Today I was assistant engineer, so I was able to assist Ted in making sure the engine kept working properly.

April 23, 2015

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s… a UARV!

Liz Olson, Northeastern University

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Today marks our first full day out at sea, but we have already been taught a lifetime’s worth of sailing knowledge. As the crew gains their sea legs, seasickness quickly gives way to high spirits on the SSV Corwith Cramer. As the Cramer continues to inch her way closer to the Sargasso Sea, we are beginning to see larger mats and windrows of Sargassum across the clear blue surface waters (rumor has it that visibility goes all the way down to 30 feet).

April 23, 2015


Nicole Harbordt, B Watch, SUNY-ESF

S258 nearing Ravivae

The excitement of getting to land after three long weeks at sea since we left the Chatham Islands has been building aboard the Robert C. Seamans. We have all been feeling a lot of pressure lately as JWO/JLO responsibilities have heightened and we are finally putting together our manuscripts for our research projects. It is clear that sleep is becoming more and more compromised, especially when you see fellow shipmates looking a bit dazed for their late night watches or when the breakfast table has a few less attendees than usual. But amongst all of this, everyone has been in great spirits.

April 22, 2015

SEA Semester® Student Spotlighted by Hawaii Pacific University

SEA Semester

SEA Semester® in the News:
“Student Sails on Atlantic Expedition with the Sea Education Association”
Hawaii Pacific University website | April 22, 2015

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University student Sabrina Hutchinson set sail this week from San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a 5-week scientific expedition through the North Atlantic, with the Sea Education Association.
Read the full story.

April 22, 2015

Our First Day Out at Sea

Katarina Rolf, Carleton College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

We began preparing the ship to leave port at 0700 this morning. The lines were prepped, sea sickness medication at the ready, water and food sloshing in our bellies, we were prepared to finally start our voyage across the Atlantic Ocean through the Sargasso Sea. We hauled up the mains’l, the mainstays’l, forestays’l, tops’l, and the jib to make it out of the harbor by 0830. So many lines to learn, so little time! Everything went as smoothly as we could have hoped for, and the weather has remained in our favor throughout the day.

April 22, 2015

Splendid Infestation

Ryan Shamburger, Boatswain/Second Mate

Oceans & Climate

With the glorious arrival of tropical weather, certain worms have been spotted coming out of the woodwork to bask in the warmth of our sun-soaked deck.  It seems some still prefer the coziness of their lair, but the majority are brave enough to expose their wanderings to the crew.  They don’t feed off our hull like the menacing shipworms feared by tropics-bound wooden boats, but they have found their fuel in the libraries’ shelves. That’s right, the book worms are among us!

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April 21, 2015

Leaving the Dock, Remaining in the Harbor

Dr. Amy Siuda, Chief Scientist

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

At 0930 this morning, we pulled in our dock lines, headed to an anchorage, and rolled into the rest of orientation - safety drills, line handling and science deployments. After a long second day, we decided to delay our departure from San Juan until tomorrow. The Trade Winds are light in the morning and strengthen through the afternoon. We anticipate calm seas as we leave the harbor tomorrow morning, making for an easier transition to life underway. In the meantime, students are settling in to the routines aboard the Cramer.

April 21, 2015

Expectations vs Reality

Audrey White, C Watch, Cornell University

Oceans & Climate

Expectations are an inevitable part of life. They shape the way we experience life, and can make a moment better or worse just from the state of mind you come in with. This program is a perfect example of how expectations can color your experience. I had never sailed or had any experience with boats before starting this semester back in Woods Hole.

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