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SEA Currents: May 2018

May 23, 2018

Last Day with Cramer & Co.

Scott Waller, Middlebury College


We all knew this moment was coming. As the sun set over the East River, those of us leaving tomorrow began packing our belongings and cleaning our bunks. I can hardly believe that we’ve concluded our voyage already; the Cramer became our home, and it’s hard to leave such a familiar place behind and to readjust to the rhythms of life on land.

May 23, 2018

Pacific Reef Expedition Begins!

Pamela Coughlin, Captain

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Welcome to Pacific Reef Expedition (PRX) - cruise S280 onboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans!

Today we welcomed onboard our new shipmates - 21 students from across the United States and from around the world. Everyone’s excitement is palpable as they begin their life aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans.

May 22, 2018

S-280: Pacific Reef Expedition

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The students of S-280, Pacific Reef Expedition, will join the Robert C. Seamans in Pape’ete, Tahiti by May 23rd. They will end their voyage in Honolulu, Hawaii around June 24th, after port stops in Rangiroa, Caroline Island, Kiribati, and Kiritimati.

May 21, 2018

Right of Way in NY Harbor: Staten Island Ferry

Helen Wolter, Sailing Intern

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We made it through New York Harbor! With last night’s sunset it dawned on us how close we were to land. Our lookout began report lights off the port and starboard bow and suddenly we realized we were sailing straight towards an expansive Long Island. Having heard the light pollution of the city is cause for some beautiful sunsets, all the ship’s company stood on the port side and watched as the lights faded through yellows, pinks, and reds, and finally the sun disappeared in the haze on the horizon.

May 20, 2018

Perspectives of a Bermudian sailing cadet

Giovanni De Braga, Sailing Cadet from Bermuda

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I can’t explain how much this leg has opened my eyes to certain things. Leaving Bermuda was pretty interesting. Sailing on a much larger scale of ship is pretty amazing and unique. From previous tall ship experiences “Mama Cramer” takes the cake on how slow she is at her top speed of 7 knots, but she’s pretty sweet. Sailing into open water gave me that thrilling rush, teaching me what to expect in upcoming days.

May 18, 2018

Hitting the Wall

Geoffrey Gill, A Watch, College of Charleston

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We’ve whipped our way out of Bermuda, wearing a little extra paint off of our starboard side from the steady port tack. After sailing for the last four days set for maximum sail area, the trip towards the coast has been pushing a zesty seven or eight knots. After taking our stop ashore and watching the little island of Bermuda fade into the distance, it has strange to take in how familiar and consistent the ocean can sometimes be.

May 17, 2018

Notes of a “Voyager”

Doug Karlson, SEA Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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The wind has picked up and there are sizeable swells today - not the smooth, sunny conditions we’ve enjoyed since leaving Bermuda. It’s just after lunch and conditions may be classified as “sporty” as we approach the counter-current of the Gulf Stream - about Force 7 on the Beaufort Scale.

May 16, 2018

Children of the Boat

Mason Martinez, B Watch, Macalester College

Study Abroad at Sea


Three days out from Bermuda. I’ve found that the first three days out from port prove to be the most taxing, both mentally and physically, as we have to readjust to the watch schedule, motion of the ocean, and extreme self-containment of sea life. That said, tomorrow is looking up. After a long dawn watch and 3 total hours of sleep last night I’m more than ready to sleep from 0100 to 1100 tonight after evening watch.

May 15, 2018

Deep Water and Dolphin Spotting

Alex Merkle-Raymond, B Watch, Northeastern University

Study Abroad at Sea

We left Bermuda only two days ago but time is flying by now that we are back in the Sargasso Sea. We start our third and final phase today: Junior Officer. JWO (Junior Watch Officer) and JLO (Junior Lab Officer) mean that one student or sailing intern are in charge of the procedures during the watch and they basically act as the current mate. My first chance is tonight during dawn watch where I’ll be in charge of the lab during B watch’s first meter tow.

May 15, 2018

New Collaboration on Marine Debris

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In partnership with the University of Georgia, SEA was awarded a grant from 11th Hour Racing. Working with the University of Georgia, SEA will support curriculum and in-port research activities around waste management and ocean plastic pollution in the next Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems (SPICE) program.

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