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March 01, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 01 March 2014

Matt Harrison, Sailing Intern

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Hello from the SSV Corwith Cramer, currently in the Eastern Caribbean!

On this lovely first day of March, 2014, we find ourselves about two day out of our first port-stop, and the ship’s company has quickly adjusted back into life at sea. The sun is high and bright and the waves are rolling past the port-hole in front of me as I write this. I’m hot and tired, but in a satisfactory kind of way.

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March 01, 2014

S251 Weblog 01 March 2014

Mackenzie Haberman, C-Watch, 3rd Mate

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Today has truly been a full day!  The morning started for C watch with a 0230 wake up to a squally watch motorsailing closer and closer to Mangareva. It took a while to find the land amidst all the shifting squalls on the radar, but 30 minutes after the dawn broke we finally spotted the peak of Mount Duff!  Dry land is not a myth after all! After waiting out some rather mutinous rain clouds, all hands prepared for the transit to this new anchorage. 


February 28, 2014

S251 Weblog 28 February 2014

Dan Stone, B-Watch, 2nd Mate, C-204 Alum, Middlebury College Alum

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Here we are, a month into our trip, the calendar about to switch over to March, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans about to arrive at our next port stop of Mangareva.  I have been trying to get aboard for SPICE ever since my last visit to Polynesia on an Oceans and Climate trip over two years ago. This trip has been very different from that one, and most of the trips I’ve done, as there are many more port stops. 


February 28, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 28 February 2014

Emily Tradd

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After spending about two days ashore in beautiful Antigua it is sad to say goodbye but it is good to get back to the routine of watch schedules, class, meals, etc. My time spent in Antigua was filled with exploration of Falmouth Harbor and St. Johns and much time spent at Pigeon Beach. This peaceful beach was pretty unpopulated and overlooked the harbor where many incredible yachts were anchored. Some of these boats just finishing up a 600 mile race. I met many wonderful people from places such as New Zealand, England, Brazil and more.

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February 27, 2014

S251 Weblog 27 February 2014

Lauren Barber, A Watch, University of Connecticut

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Ahoy and greetings from the South Pacific!
During our long transit to our next port stop, Mangareva, we have begun the shadowing phase of our trip, where students shadow the mate of their watch and learn how to lead sail handling maneuvers, organize tasks that need to be completed on watch, and get a glimpse into the jobs and duties of the mates that work here at SEA.


February 27, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 27 February 2014

Jess Hartsock, Sailing Intern

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In Antigua, the busy season is from the beginning of January to the first week of May. Sailing races and the arrival of yachts of all sizes keep the harbors full while cruise ships bring thousands of tourists to see everything from the scenic beaches to historic sites left over from the British Colonial era.  The resident population doubles, triples or quadruples in size as people from Antigua or other Caribbean islands hope to find work in the services sector of Antigua’s economy. However, a combination of inflated prices and the seasonality of work make life very complicated for many Antiguans.

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February 26, 2014

S251 Weblog 26 February 2014

Kelsey Lane, 3rd Assistant Scientist, SEA Alum S233

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Hey y’all out there! We’re cruising along south and enjoying the groove of life at sea. It’s been fun and a bit nostalgic to sail this trip, as my introduction to sailing was as a student on the SPICE voyage three years ago. I was bitten by the ‘boat bug’ and dreamed of coming back to SEA to work as an Assistant Scientist. I’‘ve been working on boats ever since and sailing with SEA in that role since this fall.


February 26, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 26 February 2014

Jade Moret

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Today was adventure day! The wonderful crew of the Corwith Cramer cared for her while the students took a trip to the other side of the Antigua from Falmouth Harbor to the port town of St. John, where the massive cruise ships dock, and tourists are plentiful. There was a juxtaposition of deteriorating buildings with small market shops and the area immediately available to cruise ship patrons, a brick street lined with common brands such as “Sunglass Hut” and “Timberland” shoes.

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February 25, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 25 February 2014

Kirsten Johnsrud, Second Mate and Bosun

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We motored under staysails all night to arrive this morning at 0700 at a waypoint three miles off of the entrance to Falmouth Harbor.  We had adjusted our course and speed to arrive at first light to a place so few of us have been.  We stood in for the anchorage and let go the starboard hook at 0756.  Ever since then we have been on anchor watches which are shorter and less strenuous than regular sea watches but are very important never the less.  Anchors are funny things and they can grab hold or not as they choose. 

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February 25, 2014

S251 Weblog 25 February 2014

Zoe Walpuck, C Watch, Denison University

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Prior to beginning this trip, I often got the questions, “How big is the ship? And HOW many people will be living on it?” Naturally, many people were curious what living in such a small community and living space on the Seamans would be like. I too was somewhat challenged by the notion, fearful of how difficult it would be to be living so close to so many people for forty-four days.


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