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SEA Currents: Nov 2018

November 16, 2018

Going aloft

Jennifer Crandall, B-Watch, Middlebury College


The day started at 1300 for B-watch. Jenn and Kate would work with Farley in lab, Camryn would assist Sabrina in the Galley, and Sophia and Elena would stay on deck to partake in routine boat checks, navigation, and more. Having anchored early in the afternoon at Russell Island in the Bay of Islands, the warm spring sun and clear blue skies eagerly invited all members of the crew on deck to enjoy the weather, free time, and the smooth stability of the Robert C Seamans.

November 16, 2018


Alyssa White, Bard College


True to SEA form, Grenada has been packed from day one. The first day here was spent all over the island. We had to be at breakfast by 7:15 to leave the resort on a bus by 9:30. Our bus driver, Mandu, doubled as our tour guide. As we drove from place to place, he told us about life on the island. He talked about politics, about trying to get young people interested in combating climate change, and the influence of tourism on day-to-day life on the island, along with many other things it would decimate my word count to enumerate.

November 15, 2018

Home sweet home

Jonathan Lopez de Leon, C-watch, Puerto Rico


First of all I want to special thanks to everyone at SEA semester for giving me the opportunity to have such amazing experience. It’s incredible how time has passed and now we are here, at anchor in the face of the wind. It feels like it was yesterday when I was in Woods Hole having no clue if I was going to be able to be here (I was recovering from a broken arm), but surprisingly my cast went away 3 days before this trip and that is the best thing that happened to me.

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November 15, 2018

Sea Legs

Katie Shambaugh, Smith College


So the adventure begins. The sails are up and we are underway, course set to the Bay of Islands. There’s a sense of being able to breathe easy out on the water. After a day of motoring out of Auckland’s harbor, it was a relief to see the Jib Tops’l, Maine Stays’l and Mains’l up and flying.

November 15, 2018

Grenada Island Component begins

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist


Welcome to Grenada, and welcome to SEA Semester: Caribbean Reef Expedition (CRX) – cruise C283 blog!  On behalf of Sea Education Association and all the faculty let me say how excited we are to start the next chapter in our academic adventure in the Caribbean.

November 14, 2018

C-283: Caribbean Reef Expedition


After six weeks at SEA’s Woods Hole campus, SEA Semester students of Class C-283, Caribbean Reef Expedition, begin a 12-day shore component in Grenada on Nov. 15th. They join the SSV Corwith Cramer on Nov. 27.  The class’s cruise begins in Grenada and ends in St. Croix, USVI, after port stops in Tobago Cays, Montserrat, and Barbuda.

November 14, 2018

SEA Assistant Scientist Kelsey Lane wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Doug Karlson,

SEA Semester

Q: Kelsey, Congratulations!  Can you tell us more about what this means?  When did you apply, and how did you find out you had won?

A: Thanks!  It was a big surprise for me since it’s so competitive.  The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) means that I have my own funding for graduate school so I can focus on my research.

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November 13, 2018

Being present in the chaos

Caitlin DiCara, Middlebury College


This semester has been in my mind for so long, to actually be here almost doesn’t seem real. I have told the story of what I will be doing at SEA so many times that my brain needs time to wrap my head around the fact that the wait is over: it is finally time to sail. After six weeks of intense classes, a collective 18 hours of flights, and a 12 and a half hour layover, I have crossed hemispheres and literally turned my world upside down.

November 12, 2018

Dear Future Me…

Steven Maré, B Watch, Cornell University


Today we were instructed to write ourselves a letter that would be mailed to us six months after the trip:

Dear Steven,

It’s been a long six months since you sailed across the North Atlantic aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, and by this point you have likely forgotten some of the finer points of that beloved journey. As I write this letter, we are cruising along on a glorious day under full sail, biding our time before our arrival in Carriacou tomorrow morning.

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November 11, 2018

S-283: The Global Ocean, New Zealand


The students of S-283, The Global Ocean, New Zealand, join the SSV Robert C. Seamans on Nov. 11th in Auckland, New Zealand. Their cruise ends in Auckland on Dec. 20th, after stops in Russell, Napier, and Great Barrier Island.

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