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February 22, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 22 February 2014

Max Acheson

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I cannot believe only a week has passed since I hopped aboard one of the largest sensory overloads in which I could ever conceive of, a new world of teak, lines, sails, and science, most of which was Greek to me prior to the commencement of this voyage aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Wake up calls pierced through odd hours of day and night, commands were given in a language that I could not yet comprehend, and many new faces revealed themselves upon arrival, extending two helping hands while seeking in return both our unwavering friendship and cooperation.

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February 21, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 21 February 2014

Matthew Hurst

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Hello again from SSV Corwith Cramer,
Time passes strangely aboard the ship. Days start and end not with the rising and setting of the sun but a small voice in your ear letting you know that your watch is beginning. It adds an intensity to life not generally found on land. Where most would be planning meals and sitting down to an evening show; our delicious and most times complex meals are crafted seemingly out of thin air by the magic of the galley, and our evening show is watching the heavens rise and set allowing us to compute our position by shooting the stars.

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February 20, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 20 February 2014

Meryl Friets

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Greetings from the Corwith Cramer! It is safe to say that this past week as been a whirlwind of information! As one intern put it, “just think of throwing spaghetti against the wall, eventually some of it has to stick and pretty soon you will have a whole wall of spaghetti.” My spaghetti wall is overflowing! We have come to agree that there is a whole dictionary dedicated to sailing terms. Things like striking and the jib and preparing to gybe once seemed like a daunting task, but it is now second nature.

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February 19, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 19 February 2014

Anne Schulberg, Carleton College

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I think the past 24 hours have adequately encapsulated the breadth of experiences on this trip thus far. Last night was characteristically gorgeous, with storm clouds illuminated by the sunset. Every day somebody proclaims to have seen the green flash, but I stare at that sun until the last sliver disappears and all I see is spots for a while, so I’‘m not quite buying it. The stars then spilt across the sky and mirrored the bioluminescence on the waves breaking beneath the bow. On lookout, this was a sight to behold and belittled all Minnesotan stargazing which I had regarded so highly.

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February 18, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 18 February 2014

Lenna Quackenbush

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As the first student blogger on our trip, I would like to formally say “Hello” from the class of C-251! We are now fully immersed in all parts of ship life, from handling sails on the deck, to science, to helping in the galley. Sometimes it feels as though we are learning a different language with the amount of new information and vocabulary coming our way.

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February 17, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 17 February 2014

Becky Slattery, Assistant Steward

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I am pleased to report that all is well on board the Corwith Cramer. As we rock and roll our way across the ocean life is looking quite nice for the C-251crew. Sails are set, the fish are jumping/flying, science is happening, the daystar is burning, & the fishing line is out.

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February 16, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 16 February 2014

Thom Young, Sailing Intern

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It has been a mere 24 hours since setting sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Yet, already, land is far out of sight and the students of our watch are being fully immersed into the world of sailing and oceanographic research.  Many aboard are fighting battles of mind over body against the stomach churning “mal del mar,” and the blisters and raw skin from heavy line handling are just beginning to take their toll.  It is rarely easy to enter the guarded domain of Neptune and Poseidon. 

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February 15, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 15 February 2014

Janet Bering, 3rd Assistant Scientist

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Greetings from the Atlantic Ocean! Class C251 is officially underway heading north (ish) (and hopefully east!) from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We are sailing full and by, beating to windward as we make our way towards Antigua, our first port stop.

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February 14, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 14 February 2014

Craig Marin, Maritime Studies Faculty

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The program “Ocean Exploration, Caribbean,” C-251, has now begun.  Thirteen students from ten different American colleges and schools have boarded the Corwith Cramer and have started their orientation for life aboard a tall ship—their “sea component.”  Some students arrived in San Juan a number of days ago with friends and family and have begun the “port stop” exploration that will be an integral part of the program.  The sixteenth-century walled city of Old San Juan will provide an excellent starting point for comparing and contrasting the histories, cultures and economies of the Caribbean island nations we visit.

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February 11, 2014

S251 Weblog 11 February 2014

Charlotte Bloom, A Watch

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After being underway for two and a half days, and sailing for a good amount of time, we are gaining more and more knowledge on sail handling. Words like “make fast the jib sheet” and “that’s well” seem a lot less intimidating. “Making fast” a line means to fasten it to a pin in a specific way. “That’‘s well” means a line has been adjusted just perfectly, and to stop what you’‘re doing to the line. There really could be a whole dictionary made of sailing terms, those are just two of them! Coiling lines clockwise and walking on the windward side are quickly becoming second nature. And trust me that was not the case a week ago. If one thing is true, sailing has a huge learning curve.

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