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February 20, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 20 February 2014

Meryl Friets

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Greetings from the Corwith Cramer! It is safe to say that this past week as been a whirlwind of information! As one intern put it, “just think of throwing spaghetti against the wall, eventually some of it has to stick and pretty soon you will have a whole wall of spaghetti.” My spaghetti wall is overflowing! We have come to agree that there is a whole dictionary dedicated to sailing terms. Things like striking and the jib and preparing to gybe once seemed like a daunting task, but it is now second nature.

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February 19, 2014

S251 Weblog 20 February 2014

Evan Ridley, A Watch, University of Rhode Island

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On the night of the 18th, the Robert C. Seamans motored quietly into Vaitahu Bay besides the main village on the island of Tahuata.  Amid the inky darkness we could faintly see the outline of mountainous peaks looming above us.  The light of the next morning gave way to our sight of the landscape, rising well over 1,000 meters in some places with scatterings of palm trees, sandalwood and foraging goats.  With this new day we were greeted with a very hectic yet very exciting schedule. 


February 19, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 19 February 2014

Anne Schulberg, Carleton College

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I think the past 24 hours have adequately encapsulated the breadth of experiences on this trip thus far. Last night was characteristically gorgeous, with storm clouds illuminated by the sunset. Every day somebody proclaims to have seen the green flash, but I stare at that sun until the last sliver disappears and all I see is spots for a while, so I’‘m not quite buying it. The stars then spilt across the sky and mirrored the bioluminescence on the waves breaking beneath the bow. On lookout, this was a sight to behold and belittled all Minnesotan stargazing which I had regarded so highly.

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February 18, 2014

S251 Weblog 18 February 2014

Charlotte Bloom, A watch, Union College

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What an amazing few days in Nuku Hiva! Yesterday, we invited twenty local high school students aboard the Robert C. Seamans for a day sail, and it was a blast! We headed out of Taiohae Bay and quickly set the tops’l, and the stays’ls. This was a first for all of us, as we had yet to see the tops’l set. When hauling on the lines, we need all the help that we can get, and the Marquesan guys were a huge help!


February 18, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 18 February 2014

Lenna Quackenbush

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As the first student blogger on our trip, I would like to formally say “Hello” from the class of C-251! We are now fully immersed in all parts of ship life, from handling sails on the deck, to science, to helping in the galley. Sometimes it feels as though we are learning a different language with the amount of new information and vocabulary coming our way.

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February 17, 2014

S251 Weblog 17 February 2014

Margaret Giese, B Watch, Macalester College

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Nuka Hiva is a place laden with history. Yesterday we got a glimpse of its history, as well as some of the natural marvels of the landscape, as we RV’ed around the island traveling to 4 different valleys—Taiohae, Taipivai, Hatiheu and Houmi—viewing the island from car windows with the occasional photo or historical pit stop along the way.  Many of us were more than happy to spend some time sitting down after the hike we went on the day before.  We happen to be in Nuka Hiva during its wet season so everything is especially green and the rivers especially full.


February 17, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 17 February 2014

Becky Slattery, Assistant Steward

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I am pleased to report that all is well on board the Corwith Cramer. As we rock and roll our way across the ocean life is looking quite nice for the C-251crew. Sails are set, the fish are jumping/flying, science is happening, the daystar is burning, & the fishing line is out.

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February 16, 2014

S251 Weblog 16 February 2014

Sarah Herard, Chief Mate, SEA Alum C-197

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Hello!
I’m Sarah, the Chief Mate of the Robert C. Seamans. Today I had an awesome day on the ship. We are at anchor in Nuku Hiva, a beautiful, green, volcanic island in the Marquesas. Our anchorage is in a protected bay with mountains towering high on three sides. We are about a mile in from the mouth of the bay, and there are smaller cruising sailboats anchored between us and the public dock.


February 16, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 16 February 2014

Thom Young, Sailing Intern

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It has been a mere 24 hours since setting sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Yet, already, land is far out of sight and the students of our watch are being fully immersed into the world of sailing and oceanographic research.  Many aboard are fighting battles of mind over body against the stomach churning “mal del mar,” and the blisters and raw skin from heavy line handling are just beginning to take their toll.  It is rarely easy to enter the guarded domain of Neptune and Poseidon. 

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February 15, 2014

S251 Weblog 15 February 2014

Levi Shaw-Faber, B Watch, Bard College 2015

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Today on a remote Polynesian island called Nuka Hiva, I got married. In a traditional Marquesan service, my hair and the hair of my current wife, Zoe Walpuck (Denison 2015), were woven together and bathed with soothing scented oils.  Zoe, after realizing what she had just done, quickly annulled the marriage so I guess I cannot call her my “current” wife any more. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

It all started when the Robert C. Seamans pulled up, literally out of the blue, to a tall and dark island.


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