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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 04, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 04 May 2014

Theo Collins, MBC Policy TA


Leaving from Pennos Wharf, St. George’s, Bermuda.

Ship's Log

32° 09’’ N X 064° 44’’ W
Overcast and snotty. 

This is familiar. I’‘ve been here, done this before. But setting sail in St. Georges Harbor and steering through the narrow cut still thrills. The Sargasso Sea greets us with slapping head-seas, waves nearly on our bow, and the boat’s pitching shakes all of the land habits (and food) out of our systems. I only arrived on Friday and have just recently met a lot of the students, but their excitement and anxiety shows. There’s a lot of work and a shrinking time window in which to do it. Now’s the time when we start applying pressure to the students to take on stronger leadership roles throughout both the navigation and science operations of the ship.

Oceanography research projects need to be done, celestial navigation assignments completed, and now a new ocean policy project will be impressed on them. That’‘s where I come in! Over the next few weeks I will be guiding them through several assignments that will eventually culminate with a conservation plan for the Sargasso Sea. It involves a large, team-written paper and a presentation. We will also discuss some important concepts and current events happening in the realm of ocean policy. All in all, the student crew and professional crew have a great deal of work to accomplish in the next ten days. But first, we learn to sail again, and how to recover from sea-sickness! Being at sea again is a joyful experience.

- Theo

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