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SEA Currents: Dec 2016

December 02, 2016

St. John’s College chronicles transatlantic voyage

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SEA Semester in the News
The Fellowship Awakens
By Tim Pratt
St. John’s College News

St. John’s College student Mary Christman was on watch when the Skellig Islands appeared through the haze off the coast of Ireland.

The sight of the rocky islands, made famous in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” was celebrated by Christman and her fellow sailors on board the SSV Corwith Cramer.

Established in the fall of 2013, the Pathways Fellowships Program was created to enable St. John’s students to transition into graduate study or careers that call for special or prerequisite courses. Global Pathways Fellowships are available to Santa Fe campus students for summer study abroad; general Pathways Fellowships are available to Annapolis and Santa Fe students for summer study or attendance at professional conferences in the United States.

Christman applied for the Global Pathways Fellowship last school year as a junior on the college’s Santa Fe campus.

After an essay and an interview, Christman learned she was accepted into the SEA Semester study abroad program. She would be participating in a trans-Atlantic crossing. The goal was to conduct environmental research, collecting and analyzing data along the way.

The prospect of crossing the Atlantic was a bit nerve racking, Christman says, as she didn’t have much sailing experience.

“I went in knowing basically nothing,” she says.

They had just spent nearly four weeks crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

“We all called ‘Land ho!’,” Christman says with a smile.

Christman was on board the 134-foot SSV Corwith Cramer as a result of a Global Pathways Fellowship.

Read the FULL STORY.

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December 02, 2016

New Challenges and New Depths

Ryan Loftus, B Watch, Third Mate

Oceans & Climate

Hello everyone back on shore!  We have officially passed the midpoint of our journey both in time and in distance. We have also found the trade winds once again and have been happily sailing for over 48 hours now. The winds could not have returned at a better time as today we rotated watches in preparation for Phase 3. This is the phase that allows everyone to truly appreciate how much they have learned and really come together on the watch.

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December 01, 2016

Company on the High Seas

Kayla Wilson, C Watch, Rhodes College

Oceans & Climate

Today has truly been one of the best days of the entire trip! After many days of squalls and light winds, we welcomed today’s sunshine and breezes. While the weather was gorgeous, the absolute highlight of the day occurred in the afternoon when we came within half a nautical mile of the Sea Cloud, a tall ship that was docked quite near the Cramer while in Las Palmas at the start of our voyage. The Sea Cloud is a 117 meter sail-cruise vessel currently carrying 50 passengers and 60 crew members to Bridgetown, Barbados.

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December 01, 2016

Peanut Butter Provisions

R. Teal Witter, B Watch, Middlebury College

Ocean Exploration

We go to sea in order to answer questions. What’s it like on the high seas? How many brilliant sunsets and crystal clear nights can we enjoy in six weeks? How stinky can thirty four people get? Is there a point when we stop noticing the smell? While my shipmates have already answered many of these questions for you, today I set out to answer two more rather specific ones.

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