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December 23, 2019

Studying or Snorkeling?

Valeriia Vakhitova, Middlebury College

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Today we all said ‘goodbye’ to Corwith Cramer. I could see her proudly standing in the golden waters of St. Croix from the window of my plane: that was my last sunset with her. I believe not a single person remained unchanged through the program. But it might be a little too early to see the difference yet.


December 22, 2019

The Last Watch of C-289

Matthew McKenzie, Visiting Professor of Ocean Science and Public Policy

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There are no happy returns without departures, and three months ago, you—the loved ones of C-289—said goodbye to your people in Woods Hole. Three months later, they will soon return to you.


December 20, 2019

Steward Finally, T.H.T.F, and SURPRISE!

Muriel Bingham, Stony Brook University

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Welcome to another episode of Muriel’s Blog Post! Many things have happened as y’all have been reading these posts, so here are some more! Back on December 18, I finally had the wonderful experience of being the assistant steward in galley all day.


December 19, 2019

‘Twas the Night Before Boatsmas

Izzy Slaymaker, Tufts University

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‘Twas the night before Boatsmas and all through the sea,
the Cramer was sailing, ‘cause we had places to be!


December 18, 2019

Caribbean Reefs and Ocean Optimism

Heather Page, Chief Scientist

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As we leave Falmouth Harbor, Antigua behind, it is hard to believe we are sailing the last leg of our journey. It feels like yesterday we were splashing around the waters of St. Croix before embarking on the SSV Corwith Cramer.


December 17, 2019

And Now It’s Time to Play… “Who Wants to Be a Mega-Yacht Deckhand?”!

Rikki Borkowski, Colgate University

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Hello family, friends, and prospective students stalking the blogs! I am Rikki Borkowski, a student of the class of C-289! I have written once before during the beginning of our sea component and here I am again as we begin to finish up our semester.


December 16, 2019

Welcome to Antigua!

Liz Harris, Missouri State University

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Ahoy readers! It’s Liz from Missouri State again (Go Bears!). Today, December 16, started in Montserrat with A Watch on the deck from 0700 to 1300. The crew woke to the smell of bagels and lox that Izzy and Jamie made for us. Watch was exciting to say the least, with a squall that brought out our full foul weather gear, even the pants!


December 15, 2019

The Island of Ash

Brett Bohnert, Grinnell College

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Ahoy! My name is Brett and I am a senior at Grinnell College. Today we finally set foot on Montserrat, which was a long-awaited moment considering we’ve been staring at it for three days! After shuttling everyone over in a very bumpy, splashy ride in our small boats, we began a bus tour of the island.


December 15, 2019

Murky Waters, Goat Cheese Salad, and Small Boat Tinkering

Francesca Whitecross, Middlebury College ’23.5

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Hello and welcome to my second blog post! Today was quite busy. It started off with a 0300-0430 anchor watch with Dan. While we were both pretty exhausted and a bit grumpy, we enjoyed looking at the stars and chatted as the wind howled next to us. Then we had breakfast, featuring one of my favorite cereals (honey smacks), plenty of yogurt, and freshly cut mango.


December 13, 2019

Intellectual Paradise

Jamie Dinulos, C Watch, Dartmouth College

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Dear friends, family, friends of friends, and family of friends,

My name is Jamie Dinulos, and I am a senior at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Like my shipmates before me, I am writing to you all today from the Caribbean aboard the 135 ft. legend of a vessel named the Corwith Cramer. If you are just tuning in to our daily broadcasts, allow me to provide a quick recap of the past few days.


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