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SEA Currents: Pacific Reef Expedition

Mikaela Yuchen Wang, B Watch, the George Washington University

Hello everyone! Welcome to the last student blog from PRX 280. I am Mikaela, originally from Beijing and I go to school in Washington D.C.

After more than ten days of sailing, we reached Hawaii and anchored in the Auau Channel off the town of Lahaina of Maui Island.



Natalie Renfro, C Watch, Purdue University

As we near the end of our trip, I can’t help but reflect on all the things we have seen, done, and felt. As we look towards Hawaii, a common sentiment among my peers is a little homesickness and awe at how far each of us has come as individuals and as a group. I think it is safe to say that this voyage has been life changing.

Tiff Croucher, B Watch, Eckerd College

Hi guys it’s Tiff again.

Highlights of my week are as follows: I solidified my commitment to getting an octopus tattoo when I held baby octopuses in my hand at Kiritimati Island, feeling as if they were my own children. Will I become the new crazy octopus lady rather than the crazy cat lady?

Ziyad Johnstone, A Watch, Saint John's College

Today I sought solitude with the intention of seeing where my thoughts might lead. I climbed atop where the sails were only an arm’s length away. I sat there and took in the imagery of the ocean, letting the boat rock me from side to side.

Justin Kaashoek, B Watch, Harvard College

125 nautical miles down, another 1000 to go! Since departing from Christmas Island yesterday, we have made good progress to our final destination: Hawaii. From the moment we left, everyone has been extremely busy. Between being back on the regular watch schedule, oceanography projects, reef reports, nautical science, it is difficult to find free time.

Kaleigh Duggan

Hi S280 blog! My name is Kaleigh, I’m from Boston MA, a student/ crew of the Robert C. Seamans!

Since the wind was so favorable coming from Caroline Island, our arrival to Christmas Island is a day early! It’s a very strange feeling seeing cars and people from the anchored boat for the first time in over a week, we’ve gotten so used to life on board the ship.

Abril Fleitas, A Watch, Northeastern University

Waking up today was different than the past 6 days. It was our first time seeing land since we departed Caroline Atoll! Upon our arrival, we were visited by the Kiribati Coastal Guard. They inspected our vessel and did all of our immigration papers.

Ralfs Beitans, B Watch, Northeastern University

Today started off with sweltering 31 degree heat, and a very calm Ocean.

Being in the Sun is has not been easy at any point, but longing for persistent shade is something we have all experienced. The lack of wind meant that we were moving a meager 3 knots until we engaged the engines
later in the afternoon.

Sarah McNamara, B Watch, University of Michigan

Some of the most beautiful parts of sailing in the equatorial Pacific cannot be captured well on camera. On dawn and evening watch today I could see stars both above and below us. Above us the sky lights up with more stars than most of us students have ever seen.



Kelly Watson, C Watch, Penn State

If someone was to ask me, “What’s it like sailing on the open ocean?” I would respond with: Imagine you’re in a snow globe, with nothing but the ship, the people on the ship, and the current environment - disconnected from the outer world and in tune with your direct surroundings.

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