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April 26, 2019

Pina Coladas and 12 Foot Swells

Cecily Tye, B Watch, University of California at Berkeley


April 26, 2019

Lessons Learned While Aboard Mama Cramer

Abigail Kwiat, C-Watch, University of Connecticut

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Hello everyone!

I am currently sitting in the hot (but cozy) library of the Corwith Cramer, looking back at the whirlwind of events that have happened over the past couple of weeks.


April 25, 2019

New Routines: JWOs and Policy

Cecilia Howard, B Watch, Johns Hopkins University

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As we have departed Bermuda, we’ve welcomed aboard several new shipmates. B Watch has been lucky enough to gain two new members, Mary Ellen and Steve. We have also been joined by our final faculty member from Woods Hole, Porter. This means we’ve resumed policy lectures, which are done with each morning watch.


April 24, 2019

SEA collaborating with WHOI to study the ocean’s twilight zone!

Porter Hoagland & Rene Francolini, SEA Faculty Member in Ocean Policy; Researcher, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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This morning we sailed from the Bermuda exclusive economic zone (EEZ) into the “area beyond national jurisdiction” (aka the “high seas”) in deepwater (about 5,000 meters) on the Cramer. Our progress is marked by twice-a-day collections of ocean water as well as surface and deep-ocean net tows.


April 24, 2019

Wake-ups

Alice Della Penna, Visiting Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington

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I hate waking up. It doesn’t matter how hard and long my day is, I always feel that the most difficult moment of any day is when I have to open my eyes and get out of my bed. I really like sleeping and I dread any alarm sound. I am therefore very happy that on our ship I don’t have to hear one every day.


April 23, 2019

Propellers, hats and visitors

Mecky Kuijpers, A-Watch, Oberlin College

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Today was an exciting day aboard the Seamans. We had an all-hands class when the engineers taught us how engines and propellers work, we set a sail for the first time on this trip, and we had a surprise visitor!


April 23, 2019

Bread on the Boat

Alexandra Reilinger, Vassar College

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There’s a lot of smells that happen on a sailboat, out in the middle of the ocean, with 35 people packed aboard like sardines. Salt and sea air, that’s pretty nice.


April 22, 2019

JWO and birthdays

Camille Ros, C Watch, Colby College

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We have entered Junior Watch Officer (JWO) phase, meaning that we get a chance to essentially take on the role of a mate for a watch.  It has been really exciting to see how much we now know about the boat, as well as all the stuff we still have to learn.


April 20, 2019

An Unexpected Community

Claire Mayorga, Watch A, University of Texas at Austin

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What can I say except life is good on the Robert C. Seamans. Yesterday during our watch we hit 2000 nautical miles, we experienced the best sailing onboard yet-beating the trip record for distance sailed during a single watch with 35 nautical miles in 6 hours, and it was a full moon. I think A-Watch has finally relaxed from the mainstays’l tear and main boom snapping, both on our watch, literally.


April 19, 2019

First Night of Passover

Sophie Vallas, C-Watch, Sailing Intern

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Happy Passover! Tonight is the first night of Passover.  In my family that would mean that either my parents, sister, and I would be getting ready to go to my aunt and uncle’s for seder, or my mother would be cooking all day and we would be getting ready to have everyone at our house for seder.


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