SEA Currents: life at sea
April 25, 2018
Adrift and Well-Rested
Slept in today until 1100 after a successful evening watch (1900-0100) with my B watch friends. The winds failed us at some point in the night, leaving me rudely awakened by increasingly sultry conditions belowdeck. Finally settling into the lopsided 18-hour watch cycle and succumbing to exhaustion means I can pretty much sleep through anything at this point, and the more I settle in, the more I find I can enjoy the small stuff; the little spark of joy I get every time I go up on deck and see the McLane pump deployed or the Neuston tow picking up samples, or the satisfaction of seeing 15 minutes of tough sail handling pay off as we pick up speed and cut through the waves.
April 25, 2018
Aloft and Amazed
As we sail north, the days keep getting sunnier and warmer. My classmates and I have been taking advantage of the recent nice weather to climb aloft on the foremast. The last time many of us climbed aloft was four weeks ago before we left port in Lyttleton, New Zealand. Today I decided to climb aloft with Haley to enjoy the views, watch for marine animals, and take a break from our projects.
April 24, 2018
After much heaving, hauling, sweating, and grunting, A Watch set the tops’l on the foremast not too long ago, which means today is our first day sailing with a square sail. The Cramer is making good speed with the sporty wind, especially with the tops’l set, although we are still waiting for a shift in the wind so we can sail East deeper into the Sargasso Sea.
April 24, 2018
Phase 3 Begins
Today, we officially began the Junior Watch Officer (JWO) and Junior Lab Officer (JLO) phase of our voyage!
April 23, 2018
Sleepy But Satisfied
I just got off dawn watch, so bear with me. Dawn watch is from 0100-0700. I was a helper in lab this morning, classifying the different species of Sargassum and identifying 100 animals in the sample of water that we collected at midnight. And guess what? We found a Frogfish (a fish found only associated with floating Sargassum, and nowhere else)!! And an endemic Sargassum crab! Wow. So cool.
April 22, 2018
Galley on Deck: The Days Standing Watch
Many members of the RCS S278 staff first came to the ship as students and eventually found their way back as professional crew. And several of them have sailed with SEA numerous times a year for multiple years. I, on the other hand, am a brand-new crew member. Before I arrived in Lyttelton a month ago, I had never seen the SEA Semester program in action.
April 20, 2018
Swirly Swirly Cinnamon Buns: An Ode to Lauren
One of the best things on this boat is, hands down, the incredible cuisine. We are so lucky to have such an amazing cook, Lauren. She is able to whip up both healthy and nutritious meals as well as sweet and delicious snacks. She is somehow able to keep everyone’s dietary restrictions in mind, which is no small feat on this boat. Even with this constant cooking over hot stoves, she does it all with a soft smile, full-throated song, and the occasional fiddling.
April 18, 2018
Trinity College Student Reflects on SEA Semester
SEA Semester in the News
“Semester at SEA Offers Chance for Trinity Student to Embrace New Interest”
by Lexie Axon, Trinity College News
Jessica Duong ’19 Researches Human Impact on the Environment Aboard Ship off New Zealand’s Coast
Hartford, Connecticut, April 16, 2018—During a memorable study away experience, Trinity College student Jessica Duong ’19 spent much of her spring semester sailing the waters of New Zealand’s North and South Islands while completing oceanographic research. Throughout the three-month program, Duong analyzed water samples and ocean life in order to understand the influence humans have on the environment. Duong—from Lake Bluff, Illinois—was one of only 23 undergraduate students from across the country to participate in this semester’s Sea Education Association (SEA) program called “The Global Ocean.”
April 17, 2018
Bow Watch Tunes
Having a lookout on the bow is one responsibility of the watch on deck. While on watch, we need to be aware of any potential ships or submerged objects that might be obstacles in our path, so we have to keep a vigilant lookout at all times.
April 14, 2018
Pump Up the Jam
Today was Field Day, a day where we clean the whole ship in two hours, which sounds like daunting task. But, it’s my favorite day of the week. In those two hours we get to listen to music from our phones, which results in singing and dancing all around! Other days the only way to listen to music is to make it - people sing and play guitars, ukuleles and banjos.