SEA Currents: c264
February 23, 2016
First Week Aboard
What a first week aboard for class C-264. We began in St. Croix, where we conducted orientation training and a few nice field trips in Christiansted under the guidance of Dr. Craig Marin and Dr. Jeff Schell. After a short sail, we anchored in St. John, and completed even more orientation training! In St. John, students and crew got a chance to check out the Annaberg plantation ruins and conduct a snorkel biodiversity survey in Waterlemon Cay, where the highlight was a nurse shark sighting.
February 21, 2016
Underway to Puerto Rico
Dawn watch, 0300-0700, was held by B watch where we encountered some heavy rain. A squall had passed through while we were on mid-watch the night before; I guess the rain loves B watch! We have been sailing between the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John to avoid a low pressure system and cold front that has moved into the North Atlantic making for rough seas. But no worries, we have managed to stay busy aboard the Cramer!
February 20, 2016
Live from the Cramer, it’s Saturday afternoon
With the first full 24 hours underway at sea, the lack of land is getting to me. I have been led to believe that the seasickness will go away, but still have been taking Meclizine, a seasickness medication, to deal with the rocking of the ship on the ocean. The main effect of the medicine is drowsiness, however I can’t tell if it’s coming from the medicine or the adjustment to our new sea schedule.
February 19, 2016
I’m Swimming In Data!
The day began with a personal lesson in accuracy. While conducting my morning rounds to wake up the next watch so that they can eat breakfast before their shift (which I did do at the right time!), I was telling them the meal was ready twenty minutes earlier than it really was. Upon realizing my mistake, I had to go back below deck to correct my mistake, which brought down simultaneously sleepy and annoyed glares throughout the ship. But hey, now I will never forget that breakfast is always at 0620.
February 18, 2016
The Basics of a Salty Caribbean Sailor
Yesterday was our first day on the open sea as we made our transit from Gallows Bay, St. Croix to our current mooring at Francis Bay, St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While I would like to say it was a 100% delightful crossing, I spent a significant portion with my head stuck over the railing so as not to vomit on our beautiful ship. I am told by the crew that keeping your eyes on the horizon will help with the sea sickness and despite my regurgitation of breakfast, I am thankful for the view.
February 17, 2016
SSV Corwith Cramer departure from St Croix
It is with mixed emotions that we depart from Christiansted, St Croix for the open-ocean and distant ports of call. There is an undeniable sense of adventure – braving the winds, weather, and waves; travel to places new and unfamiliar! Yet, there is also a hint of trepidation and sadness as we say goodbye, for now, to family and friends, to the comforts onshore and familiar routines. Though all onshore will be missed we are heartened in knowing we join a new family of shipmates onboard Mama Cramer.
February 16, 2016
Day 1: Orientation and Field Trips
Today was our first full day of programming, and it was a busy one. The day started with more orientation to life aboard followed rather quickly by a field trip to a local snorkeling site, Cane Bay, where students conducted their first reef survey of Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program sea component. Under the direct supervision of faculty and staff, students set out to locate and tally marine life in and around the coral reef. It was a successful snorkel by all accounts, and we now have a base set of data for comparison with upcoming port stop surveys.
February 15, 2016
C-264: Sea component begins
Hello from the Sailing School Vessel Corwith Cramer and the ship’s company of trip C-264. All is well aboard and the student crew had a great day learning the ropes, taking part in safety drills and getting acquainted with their new home. We will get underway Wednesday for a short sail to St. John.
February 12, 2016
C-264, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean
The students of C-264, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in St. Croix by Monday, February 15th. They end their voyage in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, around March 25th, with planned port stops of St. John, San Juan, Samana, Santiago de Cuba, and Port Antonio.
February 11, 2016
Introducing the First Sailors for the Sea Onboard Reporter
Hello! My name is Aiden Ford and I am an undergraduate at College of the Atlantic, where I am working toward a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology and Secondary Science Education. This winter, I am proud to be a member of SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program at Sea Education Association (SEA). In just under one week, my class and I will fly to St. Croix to meet up with the SSV Corwith Cramer and begin our exploration of history, culture, and environmental issues in several different Caribbean Islands, including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and St. John.