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October 07, 2014

Exploring Uvea

Valerie Mitchell,, B Watch, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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“Land-ho” was announced early in the morning while I was fast asleep in my bunk, exhausted after a long day of being the galley (kitchen) assistant yesterday. Uvea (aka Wallis) had been sighted on the horizon. After a couple days of being surrounded completely by water, it was nice to see land again (although being alone in the big blue has its charm too). Curious birds started circling around the boat, investigating us.

As Uvea got closer and closer, the view began to get more astonishing.


October 06, 2014

Birthday at Sea

Colin Froines, B-Watch, Carleton College

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Napoleon said, “du sublime au ridicule il n’y a uu’un pas,” which translates roughly to between sublime and ridiculous there is one step. It is this delicate balance that I have been recently considering while at sea on the Robert C. Seamans. I found myself today struck at how improbable our existence at sea seems. Life at sea can seem a daily battle against the elements. We fight to keep afloat, navigate, and with water and food. While each of these systems are regularly maintained and are backed-up, they must all function properly to support our rich life onboard. This awareness was reiterated today as our chef engineer Dusty said, “safety is no accident.”


October 06, 2014

View from Aloft

Sophia Sokolowski, A Watch, Wellesley College

The Global Ocean

Day 1 in Mallorca
The moon shone a bright orange through the wisps of clouds as A Watch headed to the deck for dawn watch at 0300.  We sailed straight ahead to Mallorca at course order 180º.  After completing a 100-count sample with Merry and Maya that was filled with turquoise copepods and other obscure zooplankton, we walked outside to assist the deck watch.  I assumed the role as a second pair of eyes beside Courtney who was on lookout.  As the distance between the SSV Corwith Cramer and the coast of Mallorca decreased, it became more difficult to distinguish between city lights and smaller boats in the bay.


October 05, 2014

Squalls

Winton Kingman,, C-watch, University of Denver

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I was woken up at 0240 for watch, and told it was a bit rainy.  When I arrived on deck at 0250, all was well and the rain has stopped.  After a few short minutes, a large squall was approaching.  We started to adjust our course to prepare for the large wind gusts.  The weather worsened and we soon had to wake Captain Jason to take over the helm.  Wind gusts reached 40 knots, and our speeds were approaching 10.5 knots.  It was an intense, but short-lived beginning to C-watch’s early morning shift.  After no more than 30 minutes, the weather had calmed and we were able to return to our original course.


October 04, 2014

Learning the Ropes

Alyssa Gause, Lawrence University

The Global Ocean

Day 1 at Sea
Morale was (and remains) high as we waved adios to Barcelona in the light of the rising sun. We are finally en route for the island of Mallorca off the coast of Spain and the weather could not be more perfect. The sun is shining, the temperature is mild and the seas are gently rolling as we slowly glide toward our destination. Things are slightly hectic on board as we all attempt to adjust to our new sleeping, eating, and working schedules. The crew have been wonderful in showing us the ropes (literally) of sailing and inhabiting the Corwith Cramer.

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October 04, 2014

Apia Farmers Market

Bryn Huxley-Reicher, A Watch, Harvard University

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The day began very quickly, with an all hands breakfast at the usual 0700. After breakfast, our wonderful and talented steward Sayzie asked if anyone wanted to go to the farmer’s market to buy fresh provisions with her and the first assistant steward of the voyage, Rebecca.  Colin and I volunteered, and within fifteen minutes we were driving through Apia with our third mate Cassie at the wheel.  We arrived in the market and were immediately struck by the size and density of it. The market is housed in a huge red structure with a tin roof and no walls. It is about 100 yards by 300 yards, and nearly every square inch is filled with the fresh produce of the farmers who sell their goods there.


October 03, 2014

Ambassador’s Visit

Merry Richter, A Watch, Boston University

The Global Ocean

Another awesome day, but no surprise there because that is how the first week has been! We did drills all morning, which might seem boring, but it was super helpful. It is not like I was afraid, but I feel safe on the Cramer and with all of the crew. They have thought of everything that could go wrong and have come up with procedures to respond to every situation.

One of the drills was for a man overboard. My watch, A watch, is in charge of getting the rescue boat into the water.


October 03, 2014

Last Day on Samoa

Lauren Speare, B watch, UNC Chapel Hill

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Today was our last full day in Samoa and it was packed with indigenous culture and food! However, I will start this blog with a story about last night. Hatesa, Yaz, Monica, Colin, and I went to a fa’a fafine show and it was incredible (a fa’a fafine is a person born male and representing the third gender and some perform in shows similar to a drag show). The fa’a fafine performed mostly numbers by Beyonce, and also a group of younger girls performed a few traditional island dances for us. Colin, being one of the only guys in the audience, truly was the star of the show and was even brought up on stage for a song. It was a one-of-a-kind experience.


October 02, 2014

Boat Tours

Adam Ceely, University of New Hampshire

The Global Ocean

After a breakfast of fresh fruit and yogurt, we made our way across the harbor to the headquarters of the Barcelona World Race, a race around the globe that starts and ends in Barcelona. The seven competing double-handed teams race in 60-foot boats that depart from the port on December 31st, and usually take 80-90 days to circumnavigate. The class got to learn all about the daily obstacles the teams face, from their rigorous diet to the constant battle to keep the boat as light and fast as possible. Our tour guide also explained that the race is trying to support ocean science by having the racers deploy scientific instruments as they go.


October 02, 2014

Another Day in Paradise

Holly Moynahan, A watch, Colorado College

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Today was just another typical college day. HA! Who am I kidding? Today was a day full of adventure and experience like no other!

We began our morning off with all-hands breakfast (meaning everyone had breakfast at the same time when normally there are two seatings of most of our meals due to watch schedules) of frittata and yogurt with granola (compliments to the chef, our wonderful steward, Sayzie). After a brief meeting discussing the day’s plans, we all headed off into Apia to kill time before our scheduled event.


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