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SEA Currents: Jun 2015


June 25, 2015

High Seas, High Grades

Nolan Snyder, B Watch, University of South Carolina

Transatlantic Crossing

Today we were reminded we are sailing in the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Wind and waves reached among their highest yet on this trip. It was a surprisingly comfortable ride now that we are so in-tune with the Cramer. Despite the pitching and rolling, we had an eventful day. As planned, our poster presentations began today during class.


June 25, 2015

Discovering the wonders of the world together, and conga

Deesha Patel, A Watch, Brandeis University

Aloha Aina

Today was another beautiful day on the ship. As everyone on the ship skillfully and diligently rotated through their watches, relaxed, read, and bantered, we continued on our journey towards Lanai. I had just woken up and was getting ready for my watch when I heard the captain yell, “Molokini!” Expecting to see just another far off island, I climbed the ladder above deck to see what could possibly be so exciting about this one.  Once on deck, and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This wasn’t just another island.


June 24, 2015

What A Great Day: Birthdays, Charades and Dolphins, Oh MY!!

Brianna ‘Bri’ Belo, A Watch, American University

Aloha Aina

I guess the morning weather foreshadowed a great day. My day started out calmly with an 0700 watch. When we arrived on deck the boat was moving quickly but steadily under clear and cool skies. The weather was perfect, not too warm or too cold, with a nice breeze to compliment the morning. Mentally preparing for a six hour watch can be difficult, especially when you aren’t sure of the tasks your shift can behold, but the weather made it easy.


June 24, 2015

Ben Runs the Show and No Serious Disasters Happen

Ben Lehr, C Watch, Vassar College

Transatlantic Crossing

Today I was a Junior Watch Officer, which meant that I was supposed to run the deck, under Chief Mate Mackenzie’s supervision. I was a bit nervous for this, because usually I prefer to be a lookout, zone out, philosophize, and serenade myself with national anthems. Fortunately I prepared for it pretty well and for the first couple of hours everything went smoothly. Then it was time to strike the tops’l, gybe, heave to, and strike the jib so that Science could deploy the styrocast.


June 23, 2015

SEA Semester Class Unveils Sargasso Sea Management Proposal

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

The 20 advanced undergraduate students of this year’s Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program recently completed a high seas management proposal for the Sargasso Sea, a North Atlantic region increasingly recognized for its strong ecological importance and economic impact.


June 23, 2015

FINALLY!! First Dolphin Sighting!!

Robert Ramos, Wesleyan University

Aloha Aina

This morning was a rough one; I got up and everything was kind of spinning, probably because of the rocking of the ship, but nevertheless I pushed on to breakfast! Today we had some oatmeal with all kinds of cool toppings like raisins, peanut butter (which, sadly, I’m unable to eat), and brown sugar (of which I had heaps!). I had Morning Watch and that’s supposed to go from 7 am until 1 pm with some class time in the middle.


June 23, 2015

Let the JWO phase begin!

Clare Feely and JJ McDowell, Deckhands

Transatlantic Crossing

Last night’s evening watch marked the beginning of Phase 3, the JWO (Junior Watch Officer) and JLO (Junior Lab Officer) phase. From here on out the students will be putting their newly acquired knowledge to the test and running the ship on deck and in lab, while the mates and assistant scientists take a step back, guiding with a more hands off approach. Our first three JWOs were JJ from A Watch (evening watch), Darcy from B Watch (midwatch), and Clare from C Watch (dawn watch).


June 22, 2015

Another Day on the Pond

Garrett Lague, B Watch, UMass Dartmouth/Bristol Community College

Transatlantic Crossing

As I sit in the computer lab of the ship, on the port side just below the waterline, I watch the porthole in the room dip in and out of the water as I think of what to write in this blog. The problem is I am not sure where to start. No matter what I talk about, I still feel like I am going to miss something. We could start with all of the whales, dolphins, sea turtles, tuna (which came out delicious, by the way), and even a couple dozen liters of jellyfish; or perhaps the sunrise, sunset, moon, stars and planets that we have been using to find our location in the world.


June 22, 2015

Working in the laboratory during a day shift

Cristina Cammarota, C Watch, Hawaii Pacific University

Aloha Aina

I started the day off with watch from 0700 to 1300 with C-Watch. I noticed that my nausea and sea-sickness has moderated after being pretty miserable the day before. The other main observation I made was that my present sense of comfort was in large part due to the fact that the ship was not going anywhere. The sails were set so the ship was hove to, or effectively stopped for science. For this reason heaving to is my favorite sailing position thus far! Plus, it allows for the deployment of the scientific equipment onboard; extra, bonus for me since I was scheduled to be in the lab with two of my shipmates.


June 21, 2015

Happy Father’s Day!

Joseph Sitzmann, C Watch, The George Washington University

Transatlantic Crossing

Here I am:  perched out on bow watch. Visibility is about 30 yards, if that. The fog-covered ocean exudes an ominous sort of feel on this chilly and moist morning, something you expect out of a movie (perhaps Pirates of the Caribbean). After a solid 2 weeks of tall-ship experience under my belt, I start to feel the routine sinking in. Enrolling in this program, I had relatively high expectations. I kept telling myself not to but, on some sub-conscious level, I clearly did.

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