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SEA Currents: Nov 2015

November 20, 2015

We Work While Dolphins Play

Kennedy Holland, C Watch, Claremont McKenna College

Oceans & Climate

Today, the Cramer is heading farther into the high seas, with swells up to 15ft! Trust me, this gives an entirely new meaning to ‘rock and roll’. I want to use this blog opportunity to explain a little further into exactly how SEA students are spending our time so far on the Cramer. Personally, I am overwhelmed. Try learning a new language, adjusting to a new lifestyle, and having pending assignments due all within a week. This is by far the steepest learning curve I have ever experienced.

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November 19, 2015

Roller Coaster Life

Anna Simpson, A Watch, University of New Hampshire

Oceans & Climate

Dear family, friends, and all other wonderful people reading this blog,

Over the past few days we have been getting some great wind and doing lots of sailing, putting away lots of miles! Last night we finally left Spain’s EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) and now are on the international high seas of the Atlantic where the sailing and science are free. We have also been experiencing lots of big waves rolling the ship around, especially today.

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November 19, 2015


Nick Monica, B Watch, University of San Diego

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Hello all you Land Lubbers!
We have officially set sail! With some not-so clear skies, fairly strong winds and a heavily rocking boat it was a perfect introduction to life at sea for the next 34 days.  We motored out of the harbor and as we passed the last buoy, we were fortunate en ough to hoist the first sail of the trip.  The first sail up was the mainstaysl which was actually a bit harder than we had anticipated, but once it was up it almost felt as though it was a symbol for the start of our journey.

November 18, 2015

Neusty and Mama

Colette Kelly, B Watch, Barnard College

Oceans & Climate

The Corwith Cramer sails Southwest under an unusually cloudy sky this morning, with a stiff breeze at her back and only open ocean in sight. How strange is it to look for miles in every direction and not see a single point of land – something I expect that we will get used to, but for now remains one of the more disquieting sensations on board. Disquieting, but freeing, as if this tiny world of the Corwith Cramer exists beyond any earth-bound realm.

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November 18, 2015

Craving Sea Under Sail

Travis Terrell Ramos, B Watch, Colorado School of Mines

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Ahoy family, friends, and fellow followers –
The itch and anxiousness to find open seas have overcome us all. Thoughts of escaping the dock and unfurling the sails are brought up often between one another. But putting aside our sailing excitement, one last port day in Auckland awaited us.

November 18, 2015

SEA Research Offers New Insight on Caribbean Seaweed Invasion

Anne Broache,

SEA Semester

Massive quantities of Sargassum, a distinctive brown seaweed, have flooded Caribbean shores in recent years, setting off local concerns about economic impacts on fishing and tourism. The country of Trinidad has even declared these so-called inundation events to be a natural disaster. But little is understood about the ecological implications of Sargassum invasions or how they should be managed. New research published by Sea Education Association provides first-hand observations in support of these questions.

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November 17, 2015

Pros/Cons of life on board

Jennifer Dong, C Watch, Grinnell College

Oceans & Climate

Ahoy from the Canary Current! We’re currently sailing away (good riddance, motoring) for Dominica. All of us are being put hard to work on setting (putting up) and striking (taking down) the sails. To everyone reading right now, be prepared for some tough calloused hands when we get back. School on the Corwith Cramer is most definitely a different experience than school on land. The late nights and plentiful naps from college have been preparing us for the sporadic sleep schedule on board. Personally speaking, I might just like this schedule more. Also, how often does class get interrupted on land by five dolphins playing off the starboard side??

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November 17, 2015

Auckland, East to West

Maya Norman, Bowdoin College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Hello friends, family, and other viewers,

Overall premise of the day: Bus tour with our local guide Joe, a professor at Auckland University, who was quite the hoot.

Here are some of the big highlights:

November 16, 2015

Day 2 in Auckland

Julianna Childs, Middlebury College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

To all parents, friends and those lost trying to find SEA Semester details- AHOY! This is Julianna piping in to tell you about day 2 in Auckland. On every road trip there exists an inevitable first stage to the expedition. You all get in the car and morale immediately shoots sky high. People are singing songs, dancing to the beat and hollering left and right at every intersection. No matter how tired you get driving all night, or how good you feel when you get out to take a jumping photo with a landmark, or how sad you are when its all over, nothing can ever touch this initial honeymoon phase.

November 16, 2015

First Day at Sea

Jennifer Kenyon, Louisiana State University

Oceans & Climate

After being trapped in port by massive cruise ships obstructing our way out to sea, C-263 is finally underway! It has been a whirlwind of a day. At roughly 2230 last night, the Cramer crew hurriedly made their way out of port in between cruise ship arrivals and departures. We waved goodbye to the bright lights of Gran Canaria, and sailed into the black, starry night. I thought that I would be nervous and scared, but when we finally left port I was overcome with excitement and enthusiasm for our adventure to come.

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