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March 08, 2019

Hello, Jamaica!

Natalie Bryce, A watch, University of Miami


Hello from the beautiful city of Port Antonio, Jamaica!  This is our second day docked in Errol Flynn marina.  Yesterday, classmates spent the day exploring markets and restaurants and sampling Jamaica’s famous jerk chicken.  Today was filled with exciting activities and exploring even more new places.

March 06, 2019

Whittle Me This

Helen Dufel, 1st Assistant Scientist


The calm seas, light winds, and beautiful sunsets have made the lab house top the ideal space for crafting. Each afternoon once the sun is low and the temperature drops shipmates far and wide emerge from their shady spots and bunk fans to enjoy some time on deck all together.

March 05, 2019

Lazy, Lapping, Lackadaisical

Sasha ‘Vuk’ Vukasovich, C Watch. Reed College


You wake up sweating. It sticks to you in a sheen mixed with dirt and the shine of sunscreen and mosquito spray left over from the day before yesterday. Tomorrow’s your shower day. Your bunk is an oven. Thick, maroon curtains trap the heat you made while asleep, your blanket is a crumpled heap at your feet.

March 04, 2019

Motor Boat, Motor Boat go so Fast (5 knots exactly)

Skylah Reis, A Watch, Harvard College


Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Hello all of you beautiful C-284 blog readers. I am here to report that we woke up on this fine Monday anchored in Great Inagua, Bahamas but it wasn’t long until A watch (best watch) took the deck at 0650 and began preparing for departure.

March 03, 2019

Can you hear me now?

Sarah Weiss, Visiting Scientist/Resident Whale Expert, NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center


In the field of acoustics, a soundscape can be defined as the combination of all of the sounds that occur in, and make up, an environment. When we think of the ocean, we can categorize these sounds into three main groups: biological (such as whales or fish), abiotic (natural sounds such as wind or rain), and anthropogenic, or human-caused (such as vessel noise).

March 02, 2019

More Salt Than You’ve Ever Seen

Mica Hastings, Bee Watch, Bard College


The things we saw today were unreal. We are currently anchored off of Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas and today we saw some of the primary features of the island: flamingos and salt.

March 01, 2019

Did Somebody Say Swim Call?????????

Julia Grady, A Watch, Colby College


I’m writing from Great Inagua, Bahamas, where the ocean is as blue as a YMCA swimming pool and clear enough to see 33.2 feet below. The new watch schedule has been a tough adjustment; for me, the most challenging part of being underway is the cyclical nature of the days. Thankfully today was about as blissful and unpredictable as I could’ve imagined.

February 28, 2019


Maria Jose (MJ) Fernandez, Teaching Assistant/Deckhand


As I sit at one of our gimbaled tables in the main saloon and look around at all of my shipmates swaying along to the rocking of the ship, I can’t help but be filled with gratitude as I look back at our weekend in the DR. It never ceases to humble me to realize that I get to call so many incredible places home.

February 28, 2019

Oh Whale

Emily Brooks, Sea Watch, The University of New Hampshire


Due to unfavorable weather conditions we were not able to spend the day in Silver Bank observing whales as planned. Instead we set course for Great Inagua in hopes of getting there a day early.

February 27, 2019

Windy Whale Watching (try saying that 5 times fast…)

Alle Brown-Law, C Watch, Carleton College


Hello faithful followers of the C-284 blog! I am writing this blog entry in the Cramer’s library, while we roll the characteristic side-to-side motion of a downwind sail. Today was full of whales and waves as we sailed around the edges of Silver Bank, the marine preserve known for its humpback whales.

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