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SEA Currents: Mar 2019

March 10, 2019

A New Phase Begins

Allison Taylor, Chief Mate


We started a new phase in our watch-standing, having departed Port Antonio, Jamaica a little over twenty-four hours ago.  Now we begin what is called the shadow phase on board, in which a student is selected from the deck team to “shadow” the mate during the entire watch, listening closely to all of the information, as well as calling the set and strike of sails and other maneuvers (with some guidance). We switched the watches as well, so it is a big change on two fronts.

March 09, 2019

Goodbye Jamaica!!

Allyssa Stevenson, A Watch, American University


At this moment in time, I am certain of three things:

1) There is no better place to watch the sunset than on the ocean, - with friends - on top of the Elephant Table.
2) Community is everything.
3) Ginger beer is (and always has been) better than Ting.

March 08, 2019

Seattle Weather for a Seattle Girl

Katey Christianson, C Watch, Boston University


Today is my 21st birthday. It’s not exactly the way I envisioned it, but I’m not complaining. Open ocean, the salt breeze, and amazing friends. What else could I possibly need? I spent yesterday as Assistant Steward in the galley. I am a terrible cook, but thankfully, I didn’t burn anything! I made chocolate chip cookies for midnight snack and lasagna for dinner.

March 08, 2019

Hello, Jamaica!

Natalie Bryce, A watch, University of Miami


Hello from the beautiful city of Port Antonio, Jamaica!  This is our second day docked in Errol Flynn marina.  Yesterday, classmates spent the day exploring markets and restaurants and sampling Jamaica’s famous jerk chicken.  Today was filled with exciting activities and exploring even more new places.

March 07, 2019

ABCs of the Robert C Seamans: Apple Crisp, Bioluminescence, and Companionship

Anika Thomas-Toth, C Watch, Carleton College


“Glowing dolphins!” was how I started my day. A little after 0000 I woke up to Fin murmuring to those awake that dolphins were lit up by bioluminescence in the water off the starboard bow. For this rare opportunity I slid out of bed 30 minutes early, pattered up on deck, and draped myself over the rail where I hung staring at the water, dazzled in amazement.

March 06, 2019

Whittle Me This

Helen Dufel, 1st Assistant Scientist


The calm seas, light winds, and beautiful sunsets have made the lab house top the ideal space for crafting. Each afternoon once the sun is low and the temperature drops shipmates far and wide emerge from their shady spots and bunk fans to enjoy some time on deck all together.

March 06, 2019

On The Road Again

Mackenzie Korpi, B Watch, Carleton College


When the wakeup call came for all hands breakfast at 0610 this morning I was already awake having just stood the 0500-0600 port watch. This would be the last time any of us would be standing hourly port watches in Napier as the primary thing on our agenda today was to sail out of Napier and start our revised track to Wellington.

March 05, 2019

Lazy, Lapping, Lackadaisical

Sasha ‘Vuk’ Vukasovich, C Watch. Reed College


You wake up sweating. It sticks to you in a sheen mixed with dirt and the shine of sunscreen and mosquito spray left over from the day before yesterday. Tomorrow’s your shower day. Your bunk is an oven. Thick, maroon curtains trap the heat you made while asleep, your blanket is a crumpled heap at your feet.

March 05, 2019

Last Day in Napier

Jack Porterfield, B Watch, University of Vermont


Today was the last full day of our impromptu stop in Napier. A few days ago, we looked forward to today being the end of our longest segment at sea, as the original plan had us arriving in Wellington today. Instead, we have spent the last three days enjoying Napier, a mid-size beach town in Hawke’s Bay.

March 04, 2019

Boppin’ around Napier

Anna Byczynski, C Watch, University of Rhode Island


We woke up bright and early to two new views: a sea lion, and the Ovation of the Seas! Here we were, dwarfed in comparison to this massive cruise ship. It was quite the sight in this industrial logging port.

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