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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

June 05, 2018

Oceanography Projects Underway

Sofia Giordano, B Watch, Loyola University New Orleans

Ship's Log

Current Position
6°13.004’S x 152°47.26’W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
325˚ PSC, 6.0 knots

Sail Plan
Starboard tack using the mainsail, mainstays’l, forestays’l, and tops’l towards Christmas Island

Sunny skies with lightly scattered clouds. Wind 15-20 knots from ESE.

Ship’s Company

Hello SEA blog readers, my name is Sofia and I’m a student on this voyage, I live in New Orleans, Louisiana and am a rising Junior studying Environmental Science. I started my day bright and early by getting woken up at 2:30 am by my fellow shipmate Riley to stand dawn watch from 3am-7am. After indulging in the delicious midnight snack (chocolate chip cookies), prepared by our awesome steward Sabrina, I made my way to the deck for turnover. After turnover, I took over the helm (steering the ship) for about an hour; then I was on dish duty to prepare the galley for breakfast. After this very early watch a nap after breakfast was essential to make it through the rest of the day. I had a 12 hour break until I had to stand watch again at 7pm, so after a nap I hung out with my fellow shipmates in the main saloon who also just woke up from their post-watch nap. After hanging out for a little bit, some shipmates and I got the motivation to do some laundry, and once that was done it was just about time to have lunch. After lunch we got ready for class where we had a brief ship meeting where we discussed things that were happening on the ship, along with presentations given by fellow shipmates regarding weather, navigation, and the science that had been happening in the past 24 hours. After the presentations, class shifted to meeting with our oceanography mentors to discuss our research project.

I met with my mentor, Farley (one of the assistant scientists), and discussed my research project which focuses on macro and microplastics near and offshore along our cruise track. Each of the assistant scientists on board mentors a small group of students, and during our meeting, Farley ensured that everyone he mentors had their topic chosen and determined where their data would be coming from. He also assisted us in figuring out what steps we should take towards preparing for our approaching due dates. Having mentors allows us students to have an outlet to go to whenever we have any questions regarding our research. After class my day consisted of relaxing and studying until it was time to stand watch from 7pm-1am, which is prime time for star-gazing. Although the days are long here aboard the Robert C. Seamans, they are packed with amazing experiences, scenery, and opportunities for learning that not many people can witness in their lifetime.

For any family or friends reading this at home: I am having a great time and have adapted well to life on the water; and don’t worry, I will be home soon, safe and in one piece.

- Sofia Giordano, B Watch, Loyola University New Orleans

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Pacific Reef Expedition, • Topics: study abroad  polynesia.  s280 • (4) Comments


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#1. Posted by ADRIANA GIORDANO on June 07, 2018

Hi Sofia and everyone at SSV Robert C.Seamans,
We are so happy to know that everything is going well and as planned! The fact that we can check on this site where the sailboat is located all the time really helps a lot to cope with the stress of not be able to communicate at all with you.  It was very nice to see you in the photo with the other students, the inside of the boat looks pretty large.
We wonder when it will be the next time you will have WiFi available to message with us? Just in case we have the cells with us all the time (even during the night) just in case you have a chance to contact us.
Over here, in Louisiana, everything is ok, just getting a little bit hot but you know that is normal.
Best of luck to all of you, enjoy the Seamans experience!
We love you very much Sofia!
The Giordanos

#2. Posted by Barb Watson on June 07, 2018

Thanks everyone for they great blogs and pictures. What a life adventure!

To our daughter Kelly Watson - The Caps won! The Caps won! 2018 Stanley Cup Champions!  smile  We love you. Keep following your dreams!

#3. Posted by Alicia Torriglia on June 10, 2018

Hi Sofia and everyone at SSV Robert C.Seamans,
I am very proud of you. You are touching with your fingertips the origin of life and you are discovering the amazing world of nature, a nature that we have to preserve. We are following from France your adventure every day! enjoy every minute of this incredible experience. Love from everybody here! see you soon; Alicia

#4. Posted by ADRIANA Giordano on June 12, 2018

Hi Sofia and everyone at Robert Seamans!
I can’t wait to see pictures of this increible experience.  We are all checking this blog several times a day to see if there is a new post or just to see the position of the boat and speed.  We are missing you very much! Love you!



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