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SEA Currents: Jul 2018


July 18, 2018

Into the Protected Area

Brian Desrosiers, C Watch, Northeastern University

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Hello all,

Brian here again, and what an exciting few days it’s been! My classmate and shipmate Andrew spoke about crossing the equator and what an experience that was. I didn’t realize how much of a feat it was to cross from the Northern Hemisphere into the Southern and I was so enthralled with the festivities that I even allowed myself to get an equatorial haircut! Shortly after, we crossed into PIPA and now the real fun begins.


July 18, 2018

Last Day of Classes

Grace Levins & Bryce Menichella, Easthampton High School & Charlotte Country Day School

SEA Semester

We started the day by being able to sleep in until 8. We had breakfast, did chores, and had our final watch meetings with Phoenix and Orion. After that we headed for oceanography which was a student choice set of lessons.

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July 18, 2018

Sextants and seahorses

Katie, A Watch

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Ahoy!

Last night, both C and A watch endured some scattered thunderstorms with lightening, fog and rough seas. However it cleared up around 0500, and the crew’s spirits remained high. Although we were experiencing these rough conditions, we all had fun wearing our foul weather gear, and the dolphins from our bow.

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July 17, 2018

Live chat with the International Space Station

SEA Semester

Highlights from our live chat with NASA astronaut (and former Sea Education Association Assistant Scientist) Ricky Arnold aboard the International Space Station. Among other topics, he reflected upon his experiences with SEA saying, “There’s nothing I’ve done in my life that prepared me better for my experience up here.”


July 17, 2018

0 degrees North, 0 degrees South. The Equator!

Andrew Chin, A-Watch, University of Washington

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The ship’s company gathered on the quarterdeck today a little before 0700, with C-Watch bleary-eyed but excited from their dawn watch. Captain Rick gave the order to throttle back on the main engine, slowing to a steady 2.7 knots under sail power.


July 17, 2018

Blog 7, and a haiku

Bristol and John, C Watch

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Ahoy to whom it may concern!

We awoke at 0300 for our dawn watch and witnessed a glorious, yet distant thunderstorm under a starry sky. We then witnessed a majestic sunrise under which we continued to celebrate our glorious line chase victory. The line chase is a relay where we test our knowledge of the ships lines.

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July 16, 2018

Q & A with Marty Schwarz, S-239, Fulbright Scholar

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

Marty Schwarz graduated from Carleton College in 2014 with a degree in physics and is an alumnus of SEA Semester, S-239 (Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems).  Last summer, Marty served as an assistant engineer for the SSV Corwith Cramer Major Maintenance Period in Belfast, Maine. He recently was awarded a Fulbright grant.

Q:  Please tell us about your grant, and what’s you’ll be doing (and when).

A: The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

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July 16, 2018

“I went looking for boats but came home with friends”

Michael Jacobson, W-72, Elsaesser Fellow

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SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72), the recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award, recently traveled to southern Taiwan to document the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture.

I went to Taiwan and Orchid Island to learn about a tribal fishing boat and I came back deeply appreciative about how small the world is, how generous and wonderful people are, and a sense of awe for the indigenous people of Taiwan.

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July 16, 2018

Data, Data and More Data

Suzu Seki & Lia Nachtigal, Tabor Academy & Brookline High School

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Our day started with, as usual, Jamie’s breakfast. During the watch meeting some continued working on their projects, and some played Whist.

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July 16, 2018

My home away from home

Lucas Asher, University of Chicago

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We continue to draw nearer and nearer to the equator-news that Sadie mentioned yesterday and will probably continue to be repeated until we actually cross (estimated to be sometime on Tuesday). We aboard are all preparing our “rituals” for the crossing: in some sailing traditions you shave your head when you cross the equator and in others a musical “offering to Neptune” is given by those who have not sailed across the equator before (the students and not a small number of the staff!)


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