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March 13, 2014

S251 Weblog 13 March 2014

Evan Ridley, A Watch, University of Rhode Island

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For the first time in what seems like a very long time, the Robert C. Seamans is moving with alacrity while entirely under sail.  After days of wind that would simply not cooperate, we’ve finally been blessed with a strong Force 3 that has us zipping along.  Since leaving Hao, it has been a game of ping pong as our course steered bounces up and down in order to remain five nautical miles from the scattering of atolls that make up the Southwestern portion of the Tuamotu Archipelago.


March 12, 2014

S251 Weblog 12 March 2014

Aleja Ortiz, B Watch, Graduate Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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So last night, we finally deployed the 2-meter net! We have been deploying throughout the trip two different nets for collecting different types of plankton: the neuston net and the 1-meter net. The neuston net is towed at the surface for 30 minutes. The 1-meter net is towed at depth (typically around 150 m). Basically water and biota is funneled through the net and collected at the end of the net in a small bottle (think a Nalgene minus the top).


March 12, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 12 March 2014

Joe Messere, Chief Engineer

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Hey friends and family! We put to sea again from Bequia today after having a few days to enjoy one of my new favorite spots in the Caribbean. This place was wonderful and the thing that made it so enjoyable was the people. The first thing I saw when going ashore was a little boy named Chadwick who was fishing near the dingy dock… from the refrigerator he was paddling! Chadwick and his friends met us on the docks several times to hang out and dance.

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March 11, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 11 March 2014

Lenna Quackenbush

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Hello, to everyone living in the world outside the Corwith Cramer. Today was a perfect day spent in Bequia. All of the students left the boat at 0730 this morning. After a little bit of time using wifi and getting back in touch with the outside world we went to a local fruit market had fruit including soursap, star fruit, coconut, wax apple, mango and banana.  At 0900 we met Craig and Mr. Belmar for a tour of The Bequia Boat Museum and a chance to learn about Bequian history and culture.

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March 11, 2014

S251 Weblog 11 March 2014

Shoshana Moriarty, B Watch, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Four days away from Tahiti and the end of our sea component, I can’t help but think about how much we’ve experienced and accomplished over these past weeks. As each of our classes begin to wrap up, I can now see how together they’ve created a complete experience. Nautical science will be the first to end, as our deck practical and sheet anchors are due tomorrow.


March 10, 2014

S251 Weblog 10 March 2014

Lauren Barber, A Watch, University of Connecticut

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As I sit on deck writing the blog post this evening, I can’t help but to feel rather discontented that the sailing component of our trip is quickly coming to an end. I have really enjoyed living at sea and on board the Robert C. Seamans for the past 5 weeks and I’m just not quite ready to leave! There are just so many incredible things to experience while sailing. Although we are all hard at work on our various papers and projects, I was convinced by my shipmates, Nanuk and Jerusha, to take a break and climb aloft with them during our transit from Mangareva to Hao.


March 10, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 10 March 2014

Kevin Murray, 3rd Mate

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Hello! This is your Third Mate Kevin Murray signing in. The Corwith Cramer has made its way to Admiralty Bay, Bequia as of 0800 today. There was a lot of great sailing between Tobago Cays and Bequia. Being on the Caribbean side of the lesser Antilles we really got to see what Cramer could do! I am the watch officer for A Watch and it was amazing to see how much my watch and all the crew have come along! On our dawn watch (0300-0700) we gybed 3 times as we worked our way to windward for our approach to Admiralty Bay. Everyone knew right where to go for every sail evolution and it all went very smoothly.

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March 09, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 09 March 2014

Matt Hirsch, 2nd Assistant Scientist

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Hello world! We are underway again for a quick jaunt to Bequia, our next port stop. Last night we enjoyed some singing and guitar strumming on the quarter deck followed by one-hour anchor watches throughout the night. This morning we split into port and starboard watches after breakfast and took turns visiting the Tobago Cays beach and snorkel spot. Our Chief Scientist, Chuck Lea, reminded Captain Elliot that they visited this same spot when Elliot was a SEA Semester student just a few years ago (ok, maybe more than a few).

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March 09, 2014

S251 Weblog 09 March 2014

Mickey Cavacas, Assistant Engineer

Today’s blog is coming you direct from the engineering department on the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Some people may wonder why we need to have 2 engineers onboard a sailing vessel. To answer such an inquiry, let me take you through an average day in the engineering department.


March 08, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 08 March 2014

Gabrielle Page, Sailing intern

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Dear families and friends: ahoy! Today we were lucky enough to reach another beautiful spot of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Less than 10 nautical miles NE of Union Island, the Tobago Cays are a set of small islets surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. It is said to be a stupendous snorkeling spot – a rumor we will investigate in person tomorrow.  The ship’s company worked hard to earn their time in such a beautiful anchorage. This morning, students and crew alike dived head first into field day – an intense, two-hour cleaning of the entire ship that’s filled with sponges, music and candy.

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