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April 22, 2015

SEA Semester® Student Spotlighted by Hawaii Pacific University

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Student Sails on Atlantic Expedition with the Sea Education Association”
Hawaii Pacific University website | April 22, 2015

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University student Sabrina Hutchinson set sail this week from San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a 5-week scientific expedition through the North Atlantic, with the Sea Education Association.
Read the full story.


April 22, 2015

Our First Day Out at Sea

Katarina Rolf, Carleton College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

We began preparing the ship to leave port at 0700 this morning. The lines were prepped, sea sickness medication at the ready, water and food sloshing in our bellies, we were prepared to finally start our voyage across the Atlantic Ocean through the Sargasso Sea. We hauled up the mains’l, the mainstays’l, forestays’l, tops’l, and the jib to make it out of the harbor by 0830. So many lines to learn, so little time! Everything went as smoothly as we could have hoped for, and the weather has remained in our favor throughout the day.


April 22, 2015

Splendid Infestation

Ryan Shamburger, Boatswain/Second Mate

Oceans & Climate

With the glorious arrival of tropical weather, certain worms have been spotted coming out of the woodwork to bask in the warmth of our sun-soaked deck.  It seems some still prefer the coziness of their lair, but the majority are brave enough to expose their wanderings to the crew.  They don’t feed off our hull like the menacing shipworms feared by tropics-bound wooden boats, but they have found their fuel in the libraries’ shelves. That’s right, the book worms are among us!

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April 21, 2015

Leaving the Dock, Remaining in the Harbor

Dr. Amy Siuda, Chief Scientist

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

At 0930 this morning, we pulled in our dock lines, headed to an anchorage, and rolled into the rest of orientation - safety drills, line handling and science deployments. After a long second day, we decided to delay our departure from San Juan until tomorrow. The Trade Winds are light in the morning and strengthen through the afternoon. We anticipate calm seas as we leave the harbor tomorrow morning, making for an easier transition to life underway. In the meantime, students are settling in to the routines aboard the Cramer.


April 21, 2015

Expectations vs Reality

Audrey White, C Watch, Cornell University

Oceans & Climate

Expectations are an inevitable part of life. They shape the way we experience life, and can make a moment better or worse just from the state of mind you come in with. This program is a perfect example of how expectations can color your experience. I had never sailed or had any experience with boats before starting this semester back in Woods Hole.

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April 20, 2015

Penny for Your Thoughts

Chrissy Dykeman, 1st Assistant Scientist, SEA Alumna S219

Oceans & Climate

Well, here we are sailing (and rolling) along under the full stack and mainstays’l, with Ile Rapa faded into the distance behind us and our sights set to our next stop: Raivavae. The transit from New Zealand has been exciting, rewarding, and even a little stressful at times, but overall the ship’s company is in good spirits.

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April 20, 2015

C-259 First Day Aboard the Corwith Cramer

Jason Quilter, Captain

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Greetings from San Juan Puerto Rico,
Class C-259 and the Marine Biodiversity & Conservation semester course has begun aboard the Corwith Cramer. All of our staff and students have safely arrived at the ship and are settling into life onboard. We will stay docked overnight in Old San Juan and get underway on Tuesday April 21st, bound for the Sargasso Sea & eventually Bermuda, 900 nautical miles to the North.


April 19, 2015

The Ingredients for a Perfect Day

Nicole Abib, C Watch, Cornell University

Oceans & Climate

There aren’t many perfect days in life, but living aboard the Robert C. Seamans certainly provides opportunities a plenty. On land, one might not usually associate being woken up at 0230 by a friend whispering your name and giving you a brief weather report with a good day, but after you groggily put your harness on and stumble onto deck, the first thing that greets you is a night sky full of stars.

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April 18, 2015

The Importance of Being Silly

Sam Nadell, A Watch, Cornell University

Oceans & Climate

One of my favorite stories of exploration is that of Ernest Shackleton, who sailed to Antarctica three times in the early 20th century in an attempt to lead the first team to the true South Pole. On his final voyage, Shackleton’s ship became stuck in the sea ice, and hope of making it home safe seemed all but lost. But Shackleton knew that survival was possible, and successfully led every single man out of the Antarctic ice alive.

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April 17, 2015

A Steward’s Perspective

Vickie Leavitt, Steward, SEA Semester Alumna

Oceans & Climate

I would like to dedicate this blog post to the parents of the students and staff on board.  I am the Steward on the RCS and I have the amazing opportunity to spend one on one time cooking with each of the students. Some of my favorite questions to ask them are about their cooking experiences, where they learned, what they grew up eating, and what their parents are like.  I know my own love of cooking, as well as many others’, started by watching and helping their parents.

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