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November 15, 2018

Home sweet home

Jonathan Lopez de Leon, C-watch, Puerto Rico

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First of all I want to special thanks to everyone at SEA semester for giving me the opportunity to have such amazing experience. It’s incredible how time has passed and now we are here, at anchor in the face of the wind. It feels like it was yesterday when I was in Woods Hole having no clue if I was going to be able to be here (I was recovering from a broken arm), but surprisingly my cast went away 3 days before this trip and that is the best thing that happened to me.

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November 10, 2018

“SIGHT!”

Emma Hayward, B Watch, Sailing Intern

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Upon the Corwith Cramer, community is key. There are twenty-nine of us aboard, each one equally responsible for the health, happiness, and general well-being of the others.  One must always stow their gear neatly, brush their hair on deck, and bid their thanks to the day’s dish-doer.

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November 08, 2018

When in Doubt, Label

Tyler Barron, Sailing Intern

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For most people, I would argue that it’s not everyday one interacts with a space in which everything is in its right place and put there in a specific way. The gravity of this noticing may feel a bit heavier in light of my current living patterns (which may not be the tidiest or most organized), however, it’s become quite evident that nautical life consists of and necessitates certain relationships with the objects (especially the massive one you are living on and riding across the ocean) by which you are surrounded.

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October 29, 2018

The Next Phase : Shadow Watch Officer

Maddie Hurtgen, A Watch, Hamilton College

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Hello to all friends, family, and blog followers,

Spirits are high today as we have finally crossed into the tropics! Warm layers have been shed, and it is officially sunscreen season. We have also shifted phases into the Shadow Watch Officer phase.

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October 24, 2018

A day on the Corwith Cramer

Paula Angel, A Watch, Universidad de los Andes

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Hello family and friends of C-282 crew!

Today we had a beautiful day with calm winds and sea. My watch had the pleasure to see a stunning sunrise this morning during dawn watch (0100-0700) after a pretty busy watch. We did some science processing alkalinity, pH, Chlorophyll-a, and microplastics for a water sample from a surface station.

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October 23, 2018

The Calm After the Storm

Isabella Andersson, B-Watch, Hawaii Pacific University

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Hi all friends and family of the crew on C-282!

I know it has been few days since our last blog post, but we have been experiencing some Gale force conditions and almost all our energy went to trying to stay vertical and keeping the seasickness away.

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October 17, 2018

And We’re Off!

Nino Tomas, C-Watch, Middlebury College

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Hi everyone!  Today marks our first full day on the open ocean!  After leaving the anchorage at the mouth of the Sakonnet River yesterday, we sailed a course of 170 degrees through the night on favorable western winds, making quick progress along our cruise track.

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October 15, 2018

Underway (for a little while)

Ben Harden, Chief Scientist

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We are underway aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Students boarded the afternoon of Saturday 12th October to began their time aboard as the crew of SEA Semester Cruise C282 from Woods Hole to St. Georges in Grenada.

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October 11, 2018

C-282: Ocean Exploration

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The students of C-282, Ocean Exploration, board the SSV Corwith Cramer in Woods Hole on Oct. 13th for a long, blue-water passage to Grenada. The journey includes a port stop in Carriacou and ends Nov. 20th.

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July 17, 2017

George Washington Students take Science to High Seas

SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the News
Practicing Science on the High Seas
GW students combined oceanography research on environmental threats with the rigors of seamanship during a 12-week journey aboard a tall ship in the South Pacific.
By John DiConsiglio
GW Today

Somewhere in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, about 200 nautical miles east of New Zealand, Lily Anna Segalman got her sea legs.

An environmental studies major at the George Washington University, Ms. Segalman held steady to the rail of the tall ship as 20-foot swells sprayed her head to toe with salt water. For the first time since setting sail 10 days earlier, she stumbled across the wooden deck of the 135-foot Brigantine named the Robert C. Seamans in 25-knot winds without getting seasick.

“I considered that a major victory,” she laughed. “I wouldn’t say I was a sailor yet. But it was a start.”

That winning moment for Ms. Segalman came in the middle of a 12-week journey at sea. Along with 13 other students from 12 different schools, including Turi Abbott, a rising senior at GW, she was participating in the Sea Education Association’s SEA Semester, a study abroad program that combines oceanography research with basic seamanship.

Read the full story.

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