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March 03, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 03 March 2014

Courcelle Stark

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After a night of motorsailing, the silence of simply sailing is refreshing. We are under the four lowers with the JT, but there is a new sail set, called the fisherman! It is difficult to set up and only used in light winds. The excitement has been high because it is the first new sail that we have set. Also, today Chuck made the announcement that we have entered tropical waters! Woot!

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March 02, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 02 March 2014

Trevor Kaufman, Assistant Engineer

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Greetings from the engineering department aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer! It’s almost 2300 and the ship is as alive as ever.  A Watch is in the process of taking the deck from C watch, and the entire ship is humming in tune with our throaty Cummins diesel.  You can feel the rumble in your feet, your ears, your chest: motorsailing!  We’‘d probably all prefer to straight sail whenever possible, but it sure is pleasant to fall asleep to the deep vibrations of the main engine.


March 02, 2014

S251 Weblog 02 March 2014

Rachael Ashdown, C Watch, Sweet Briar College

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It is always feels a bit strange to be on shore after a long period at sea. Not that a week is that long, but it certainly feels that way after our island-hopping in the Marquesas.  As it is Sunday, the morning started with a sizable number of students heading off to mass at the local Catholic church.  From what I heard, it was extremely crowded and had some great music.  I decided to forgo this particular activity in favor of something more adventurous.


March 01, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 01 March 2014

Matt Harrison, Sailing Intern

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Hello from the SSV Corwith Cramer, currently in the Eastern Caribbean!

On this lovely first day of March, 2014, we find ourselves about two day out of our first port-stop, and the ship’s company has quickly adjusted back into life at sea. The sun is high and bright and the waves are rolling past the port-hole in front of me as I write this. I’m hot and tired, but in a satisfactory kind of way.

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March 01, 2014

S251 Weblog 01 March 2014

Mackenzie Haberman, C-Watch, 3rd Mate

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Today has truly been a full day!  The morning started for C watch with a 0230 wake up to a squally watch motorsailing closer and closer to Mangareva. It took a while to find the land amidst all the shifting squalls on the radar, but 30 minutes after the dawn broke we finally spotted the peak of Mount Duff!  Dry land is not a myth after all! After waiting out some rather mutinous rain clouds, all hands prepared for the transit to this new anchorage. 


February 28, 2014

S251 Weblog 28 February 2014

Dan Stone, B-Watch, 2nd Mate, C-204 Alum, Middlebury College Alum

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Here we are, a month into our trip, the calendar about to switch over to March, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans about to arrive at our next port stop of Mangareva.  I have been trying to get aboard for SPICE ever since my last visit to Polynesia on an Oceans and Climate trip over two years ago. This trip has been very different from that one, and most of the trips I’ve done, as there are many more port stops. 


February 28, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 28 February 2014

Emily Tradd

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After spending about two days ashore in beautiful Antigua it is sad to say goodbye but it is good to get back to the routine of watch schedules, class, meals, etc. My time spent in Antigua was filled with exploration of Falmouth Harbor and St. Johns and much time spent at Pigeon Beach. This peaceful beach was pretty unpopulated and overlooked the harbor where many incredible yachts were anchored. Some of these boats just finishing up a 600 mile race. I met many wonderful people from places such as New Zealand, England, Brazil and more.

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February 27, 2014

S251 Weblog 27 February 2014

Lauren Barber, A Watch, University of Connecticut

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Ahoy and greetings from the South Pacific!
During our long transit to our next port stop, Mangareva, we have begun the shadowing phase of our trip, where students shadow the mate of their watch and learn how to lead sail handling maneuvers, organize tasks that need to be completed on watch, and get a glimpse into the jobs and duties of the mates that work here at SEA.


February 27, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 27 February 2014

Jess Hartsock, Sailing Intern

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In Antigua, the busy season is from the beginning of January to the first week of May. Sailing races and the arrival of yachts of all sizes keep the harbors full while cruise ships bring thousands of tourists to see everything from the scenic beaches to historic sites left over from the British Colonial era.  The resident population doubles, triples or quadruples in size as people from Antigua or other Caribbean islands hope to find work in the services sector of Antigua’s economy. However, a combination of inflated prices and the seasonality of work make life very complicated for many Antiguans.

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February 26, 2014

S251 Weblog 26 February 2014

Kelsey Lane, 3rd Assistant Scientist, SEA Alum S233

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Hey y’all out there! We’re cruising along south and enjoying the groove of life at sea. It’s been fun and a bit nostalgic to sail this trip, as my introduction to sailing was as a student on the SPICE voyage three years ago. I was bitten by the ‘boat bug’ and dreamed of coming back to SEA to work as an Assistant Scientist. I’‘ve been working on boats ever since and sailing with SEA in that role since this fall.


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