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SEA Currents: Mar 2018

March 17, 2018

Reflection as the end nears

Anna Golub, C Watch, Lafayette College


It is rare that when something begins, you immediately recognize its importance. On February 16th, I wrote in my journal, “I know I am going to want to return to right now.” Even so early on, I could tell the Cramer was a place of both personal growth and learning through collaboration.

March 16, 2018

Sweltering in the heat and skiing in the rain

Barnacle (Laurel) Sheufelt, B Watch, The Evergreen State College


Hello All,
Though I have been sweltering in the Caribbean heat (especially on afternoon watch today!), my thoughts keep straying back to a distinctly wintery experience: cross-country skiing. Now, I’m not thinking of just any skiing but a specific experience that’s burned into my memory the very same way I’m sure many moments of this voyage will.

March 16, 2018

On dualities

Jessica Duong, B Watch, Trinity College


There is always so much going on when we’re underway. From navigation to science deployments, and chores to frequent and delicious meals, so much goes on at all hours. Our captain often paraphrases The Big Lebowski, who said “There’s a lotta ins, a lotta outs, s—t’s complicated.”

March 15, 2018

Science withdrawals and the unpredictability of caffeine

Kyle Cramer, Recent graduate of Canisius College


Hey readers, hope this finds you all well.  Our first full day of sailing since leaving Grand Cayman has been an fun one, for sure.  I was woken up at 0230 this morning for Dawn Watch, which is always an interesting time.

March 15, 2018

Howdy Homies

Nate Polo, A Watch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Only a few days ago did I appreciate the word “homie” as a reference to one’s closest companions being miniature semblances of home. One of my largest questions this semester has been understanding what is a home and where is it on a map. The whole college experience teaches anyone how to build a home in a new community and routine.

March 15, 2018

Stranger as a State of Mind

Maya Sokolow, C Watch, Bard College


Speaking over the soft sheets of rain which overtook the misty Blue Mountains of his hometown, Colonel Wallace Sterling leaned forward slightly, as though he were speaking in confidence and said, “If you treat me like a stranger, that’s what I will be. If you treat me like one of your own, that’s what I will be.”

March 14, 2018

Pi in the Sea and the Sky

Espy Thomson, A Watch, Colorado College


Today, the 14th of March, is International Pi Day. I was on morning watch so I was able to sleep in until 5:50 am and then stumbled, bleary eyed, to breakfast where we were treated to quiche pie. Pi Day holds a special place in many children’s hearts.

March 13, 2018


Bastian Silvestre, C Watch, Wesleyan University


It’s been a rolling day. We are entering a cold front, and yep it does get colder. C watch had morning watch today just as we were transitioning into foul weather. We saw a cloud that perfectly illustrated this weather change. The cloud curved downwards, showing that the warm air was pushing the colder air down and curving the cloud into a slide shape

March 12, 2018

Picture This

Izzy Nolan, B Watch, Boston College


Hey! What’s up everybody, we are back at sea for the next leg of our journey. We left Wellington and started our next adventure with new watch officers. B watch is now under the command of first mate Allison and chief scientist Nick. Also, just want to start this post by saying happy birthday to my awesome momma, hope things are groovy back in Beantown.

March 11, 2018

A Visit from King Neptune’s Court

Louisa Crane, Wellesley College, A Watch


More than a day has passed after parting ways with Port Antonio, during which we have transitioned back to life underway. While routine tasks, meals, and watch schedules continue, the elements, conditions, and circumstances of every moment mean life on board is always engaging. Getting complacent is not an option­.

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