SEA Currents: News
September 30, 2015
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Aloha ‘Aina: for the love of the land”
by Erika Haavie, Furman University | Sept. 30, 2015
While she spent part of her summer sailing through Hawaii, Kelsey Orr ’17 wasn’t on a leisure trip. Her 12-hour days as a student and rookie sailor were often spent cleaning, line hauling, and collecting water samples aboard a 134-foot-long sailing ship for her team’s research project.
September 17, 2015
SEA Semester® in the News:
“A Summer at Sea
by Larry Hertz, Vassar College | Sept. 17, 2015
Ben Lehr ‘16 honed his leadership skills this summer as a member of the crew of a 134-foot sailing ship that crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Katie Hoots ’18 gained a greater understanding of what she calls “a sense of pride and love for the earth” during a five-week visit to Hawaii that included nearly two weeks at sea. Both Lehr and Hoots say their summer travels, organized by the Sea Education Association (SEA), were among the best experiences of their lives.
August 27, 2015
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Ramos ’16 Studies Oceanography, Marine Policy in Hawaii”
by Lauren Rubenstein, Wesleyan University | Aug. 27, 2015
Q: This summer you did a SEA Semester program, “Aloha ‘Aina: People & Nature in the Hawaiian Islands.” How did you become involved in the program?
A: I learned about the program from another Wesleyan student who had done it a few years ago. As a biology and E&ES double major, it sounded like it was right up my alley! At the time, I was thinking about how I was going to apply my studies—what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. This seemed like a good opportunity to explore new options.
SEA Semester does programs at sea all over the world. This summer just happened to be the trip to Hawaii, and I was very excited to go there! I also didn’t want to miss out on a whole semester on campus at Wesleyan, so this worked out well in that it was just five weeks in the summer.
July 08, 2015
Hello and Aloha from the island of Oahu and the beautiful windward campus of Hawaii Pacific University. The final student has left the HPU campus and we must sadly draw the curtains on this academic adventure. The final week back onshore at Oahu has been a busy one, as students complete their final projects and write their final papers. But no worries, there was a balanced share of free time and an appropriate celebration of July 4th!
June 30, 2015
Today marks the end of the S-260 Sea Component for Aloha ‘Aina 2015. The ship, crew and students have safely returned from their voyage among the Hawaiian Islands. The students depart the ship with mixed feelings, both sadness as they say goodbye to their new home and shipmates, but they are also glad to see solid ground and have the opportunity to reconnect with friends and family back home and abroad.
June 27, 2015
Today we awoke to the ship being anchored just outside of Kaunakaka’i Harbor on the island of Moloka’i. This was the last island on our itinerary we had yet to visit, which made our 0630 wakeup call slightly more tolerable. The prospect of spending an entire day on land after 7 straight days at sea also provided extra incentive to get the day started.
June 25, 2015
Today was another beautiful day on the ship. As everyone on the ship skillfully and diligently rotated through their watches, relaxed, read, and bantered, we continued on our journey towards Lanai. I had just woken up and was getting ready for my watch when I heard the captain yell, “Molokini!” Expecting to see just another far off island, I climbed the ladder above deck to see what could possibly be so exciting about this one. Once on deck, and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This wasn’t just another island.
June 24, 2015
I guess the morning weather foreshadowed a great day. My day started out calmly with an 0700 watch. When we arrived on deck the boat was moving quickly but steadily under clear and cool skies. The weather was perfect, not too warm or too cold, with a nice breeze to compliment the morning. Mentally preparing for a six hour watch can be difficult, especially when you aren’t sure of the tasks your shift can behold, but the weather made it easy.
June 23, 2015
This morning was a rough one; I got up and everything was kind of spinning, probably because of the rocking of the ship, but nevertheless I pushed on to breakfast! Today we had some oatmeal with all kinds of cool toppings like raisins, peanut butter (which, sadly, I’m unable to eat), and brown sugar (of which I had heaps!). I had Morning Watch and that’s supposed to go from 7 am until 1 pm with some class time in the middle.
June 22, 2015
I started the day off with watch from 0700 to 1300 with C-Watch. I noticed that my nausea and sea-sickness has moderated after being pretty miserable the day before. The other main observation I made was that my present sense of comfort was in large part due to the fact that the ship was not going anywhere. The sails were set so the ship was hove to, or effectively stopped for science. For this reason heaving to is my favorite sailing position thus far! Plus, it allows for the deployment of the scientific equipment onboard; extra, bonus for me since I was scheduled to be in the lab with two of my shipmates.