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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 09, 2019

Goodbye Jamaica!!

Allyssa Stevenson, A Watch, American University

Students participating in the cultural dance of the Mooretown Maroon community.

Ship's Log

Current Location
19°04.5’N x 077°42.4’W

Ship’s Heading
Sailing towards Georgetown, Grand Cayman

Clear skies, Calm ESE winds

Souls on board

At this moment in time, I am certain of three things:

1) There is no better place to watch the sunset than on the ocean, -- with friends-- on top of the Elephant Table.
2) Community is everything.
3) Ginger beer is (and always has been) better than Ting.

Today, after an all hands breakfast and snorkel survey, we departed from Port Antonio and got underway towards Grand Cayman. Leaving the dock at Port Antonio was another all hands affair, with all students and professional crew members helping to remove chafe gear and set sails. With fellow students helping to direct sail maneuvers alongside the crew, the complexity and beauty of sailing was on full display. Everywhere you looked, you could see students hauling lines and working together to make the Cramer come alive and be ready to get back on the ocean. This moment made me realize how much I appreciate our community here on the ship – the overwhelming support and kindness everyone has is simply mind blowing at times. I wouldn’t want to be confined to 134 feet of space with any other group of people.

Now, about Jamaica. Jamaica – with all of its complexity and history and culture – was by far my favorite port stop of our voyage so far (no personal bias here at all!!). Swimming in a waterfall was beautiful and exhilarating, but the part of our field trip I found the most powerful was watching members of the Maroon community perform a cultural dance. At the monument (and grave) of Nanny of the Maroons, with young and older members of the community dancing and singing and sharing their culture with our group, I felt overwhelmed with the gravity and significance of their performance. I will be forever grateful to the Mooretown Maroon community for sharing a part of their culture and heritage with us.

Now, at this moment, I am certain of three more things:

1) Jamaica will always have a special place in my heart.
2) Sailing is complicated but totally awe inspiring.
3) 12 days is too soon for this experience to end.

- Allyssa Stevenson, A Watch, American University

P.S.: Hey, family and friends, I am truly living my best life here sailing around the Caribbean. And Chanel, visiting Jamaica wasn’t the same without you.

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