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June 10, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 10 June 2014

Dane Rudy, Purdue University

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It is incredible to stop and think that I am sitting in a sailing vessel tracking across the Atlantic. This isn’’t only an experience anymore, but a way of life. Living at sea gets better and better as waking up for dawn watch becomes an occasion to look forward to, and our steward Sayzie somehow makes every meal better than the last. Cramer is really starting to become home.

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June 09, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 09 June 2014

Grace Hilling, C Watch, Colgate University

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June 8th at approximately 2200: I was on cloud 9, singing to myself (as we all usual do) when assigned forward watch at night cause uhh hello? Who doesn’t love hanging with some dolphins creating trails of bioluminescence, on the bow of a sailboat with a starlit sky overhead. So unbelievably cool. But today, aye caramba. Today started out a bit more chaotic than expected. Let’s face it, waking up to a siren for an alarm is never ideal and not knowing whether it’s a drill or real life on a boat you’ve been on for approximately a week and a day is even worse.

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June 08, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 08 June 2014

Beckett Colson

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It’s hard to believe that it has already been a week since we all first stepped on the Cramer. In some ways it feels like it has been far more than a week, given the challenges of adjusting to the watch schedule, seasickness, and learning a new language and new skills. But things have started to fall into a rhythm on the boat. Pretty much everyone has overcome their seasickness either through time or “better living through chemistry.”

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June 07, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 07 June 2014

Will Wild

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The last 24 hours have been rocky. The tables in the saloon tilt against the rocking of the boat so that our food stays on them. Without this we would have been wearing our dinner. The wind and waves have been strong and high with a peak of about 35 knots and seas 6 to 8 feet high. We spent the whole day under sail power which is nice because the noise from the engine is no longer depriving people of sleep. For the first time on this trip we have seen water over the beams when big waves come by and rock the ship.

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June 06, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 06 June 2014

Jeffrey Morgan

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To all on shore, we have spent a whole day with the engine off and the sails up!  A low pressure system just passed over us at the beginning of Afternoon Watch and has left behind it clear and sunny skies. We have been able to exercise most of the sails today, which was a great change from the motor sailing we had been doing with just the lowers up. Currently, we are flying the storm trys’l (still up from the low pressure system), the mainstays’l, the forestays’l, the jib, the tops’l and the rafee sail.

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June 05, 2014

Update: Class S-253, Aloha ‘Aina

Peg Brandon, President, Sea Education Association

Class S-253, Aloha ‘Aina: People & Nature in the Hawaiian Islands, is off to a great start. However, the program has experienced an unexpected change in schedule.

We are currently working to address an unforeseen maintenance issue that has delayed boarding for the sea component. Despite this change, we are committed to continuing a high quality academic program. In the meantime, students are continuing their coursework and programming on shore at Hawaii Pacific University, where they’ve been since May 27.

As always, we are invested in our students’ experiences and will post updates as they become available about exactly how we expect the program to be impacted. We hope to have a timeline for repairs in place by noon Hawaii time on Friday, June 6.


June 05, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 05 June 2014

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Dear Shore & Co.,
The fog lifted today! By afternoon, we had a clear view of the horizon although the sky is still quite overcast. That being said, the fog made for a 0-visibility night with the exception of astounding bioluminescence! Swells breaking against our bow made huge glowing waves, and our midnight net deployments were literally sparkling green in the pitch black water.

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June 04, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 04 June 2014

Gabriell Fraser

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Hey everyone, Gabby here! We’ve been on “Mama Cramer” for four days now and things are starting to get easier. Some people have been battling sea sickness and donating to Neptune (myself being one of those people). Most everyone is through that rough stage and our inner ears are adjusting to the rolling motion. Life aboard the ship is becoming an easier routine and is going great so far.


June 03, 2014

S-253, Aloha ‘Aina: People and Nature in the Hawaiian Islands

Aloha Aina

The students of S-253, Aloha ‘Aina, will join the Robert C. Seamans by Thursday, June 5th. They will return to Honolulu around Wednesday, June 25th and finish their program with a symposium at Hawaii Pacific University.


June 03, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 03 June 2014

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So we’ve been officially underway for a full day and night now, and we’re all started to get settled into swing of things!  It’s definitely a different experience being out on the rolling ocean and applying all the things we’re learning in real-time. There’s a lot of terminology and information to know and process, but getting the hang of things is turning out to be a rewarding experience!

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