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SEA Currents: Nov 2021

November 30, 2021

Ode to Zooplankton

Macy Littell , Starboard/B Watch, Wellesley College


Cramer is sleepy today as she rocks back and forth at anchor. We arrived in St. Thomas yesterday after a short sail from Francis Bay, St. John. We still have a little bit of the bay with us, sitting in jars and bottles ready to be processed and analyzed. Two of those bottles are mine, filled with green-brown murky water, a strikingly different color than the rich teal sea they were collected from. Inside my vials, hundreds of plankton swim and float, causing the muddy color.

November 28, 2021

We’ve Got Some News for Ya

Abby Patterson, B Watch, University of Rhode Island


It has been an eventful few days. We were set to leave Rendezvous Bay early Saturday morning.

November 28, 2021

Local Apparent Thanksgiving

Sophia Lacambra, Barnard College

selfie on the quarterdeck

As I’m sure you’ve read in previous posts, life aboard the Seamans revolves around the 18 hour rotating watch cycle that ensures the boat’s constant forward motion (except for science!).  While this cycle optimizes our progress toward Hawaii, it means that there is never a moment for the whole boat to take time to be together without at least a few of us having the responsibility of tending to the ship.

November 27, 2021

Lead up to the LAT

Adam Young, Emory University

Dumbo the heteropod

Hello, world! It’s been quite the busy past few weeks, what with sailing a boat across the Pacific and all. In just under two weeks, we have made the Seamans travel nearly 1,500 nautical miles. For a while there, I wasn’t completely sure if we would ever turn off the engine, but we’ve reached the Northeasterlies and haven’t dropped the sails since.

November 27, 2021

First Swim Call!

Nadia Racz, C Watch, Saint Michael’s College


Today had its high moments and its low moments, but all together it was a great day.

November 26, 2021

All in a “day’s” work

Hannah DelVecchio, George Washington University


Trade winds, alas! After almost a week of motorsailing on and off the winds have finally filled in and we’ve turned the engine off (for now at least…the doldrums await us).

November 26, 2021

Reef Survey Time!

Fiona Chlebecek, A Watch, The University of Rhode Island


Today was our first day of reef surveys!

November 25, 2021


Kira Becker, Northeastern University


So it was my birthday yesterday and it was seriously the best birthday ever.

November 25, 2021

Gratitude and Grief: Thanksgiving 2021 Aboard Cramer

So Hess, B Watch, Mount Holyoke College


We’re finally underway and started our island-hopping snorkel adventure! Long days are ahead of us for sure: My day started this morning at 0530 with the dawn watch, and is filled with classes, rescue drills, and even a snorkel trip later.

November 24, 2021

1000 NM

Carolyn Mavretish, Amherst College


After waking at the ripe hour of 1030 am, I crawled out of my bunk in Sleepy Hollow with squinty eyes, blinded by the daylight.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Climate & Society, • Topics: s301  life at sea  sailing • (3) CommentsPermalink

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