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SEA Currents: port stops


Mar

29

Exploring Avatoru

Drew Gustafson, A Watch, Bowdoin College
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While the sea may be our home for the moment, there’s always value in a little vacation time.  As the hot sun began its slow trek across the sky above us, S-252 was released to explore the beautiful nearby island of Avatoru, a small islet of Rangiroa Atoll.  Armed with our notebooks, water bottles, and enough sunscreen to protect the entire population of French Polynesia, we aimed to continue researching our Atlas Entry topics.  Helped along by the friendly locals, we completed this task with gusto! 

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Mar

28

Snorkling Rangiroa

Sarah Hamilton, A Watch,Colorado College
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There is no better way to end the 0300-0700 Dawn Watch than by watching the sun rise on the horizon while inhaling the scent of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. This morning, as A Watch prepared to turnover the watch and enjoy the delicious breakfast that awaited us, we got to watch the sun light up Rangiroa, our first port stop. We caught our first glimpse of the atoll last night, and then waited until this morning, when the current was right and everyone was awake, to motor sail through the entrance of the lagoon. We passed between two sandy, palm-tree lined beaches, and were greeted with our first dolphin sighting, which only a few were lucky enough to witness.

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Mar

24

C251 Web Blog - 24 March 2014

Craig Marin, Professor of Maritime Studies

Just a few short hours ago, we made our way with all hands on deck into Christiansted Harbor escorted by dolphins playing in our bow wake. The securing of the Corwith Cramer’s dock lines to the pier in Gallows Bay marks the end of our six-week journey that began in a former maritime center of the Spanish Caribbean and continued on to three former English sugar island colonies before we cleared back into United States waters in St. John.

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Mar

23

Pape’ete Farmer’s Market

C-Watch, (Kate, Sam, Nikesh, Emma, Jerelle, and Jackie)
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Ia Ora na friends, family, and internet!
We had an early start to our first morning on the ship with a 0500 wake up for all interested in going to the Sunday morning Farmer’s Market in Pape’ete. It was still moderately cool that early in the morning, and we enjoyed a beautiful walk through the colorful market, weaving our way through the many people buying ingredients for their Sunday feasts. Outside, aisles of stands were selling fresh produce, from cucumbers and lettuce to taro, mango and passion-fruit, and a selection of unidentified spiky fruits. Inside, there were rows of fresh fish of all colors, barbequed meat stands, and piles and piles of croissants!

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Mar

18

C251 Web Blog - 18 March 2014

Will McLean, Chief Mate
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Another beautiful day sailing on the Corwith Cramer began for C watch as they took the deck at 0700 after the B watch JWO skillfully navigated the ship to the waypoint set by the captain off of the island of Montserrat. As we sailed the ship in closer to our anchorage under the loom of this lofty volcanic island we did not find the wind shadow that we had experienced on many of the other islands that we have recently sailed under the lee of.  The ship charged on at 7 knots until we reached a point 1 mile off our anchorage where our JWO Kyle hove the ship to and took in all of the ships sails with the help of our friendly B watch shipmates.

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Mar

14

S251 Weblog 14 March 2014

Jerusha Turner, B Watch, Whitworth University
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Ahoy there land-lubbers, from on-board the Robert C. Seamans! That is one of the last times I’ll be able to say that sentence, seeing as tomorrow is our last full day on the ship. It is strange to me that S251 is almost over, and I’m beginning to reflect on the last six weeks I’ve spent at sea.

Mar

11

C251 Web Blog - 11 March 2014

Lenna Quackenbush
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Hello, to everyone living in the world outside the Corwith Cramer. Today was a perfect day spent in Bequia. All of the students left the boat at 0730 this morning. After a little bit of time using wifi and getting back in touch with the outside world we went to a local fruit market had fruit including soursap, star fruit, coconut, wax apple, mango and banana.  At 0900 we met Craig and Mr. Belmar for a tour of The Bequia Boat Museum and a chance to learn about Bequian history and culture.

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Mar

10

S251 Weblog 10 March 2014

Lauren Barber, A Watch, University of Connecticut
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As I sit on deck writing the blog post this evening, I can’t help but to feel rather discontented that the sailing component of our trip is quickly coming to an end. I have really enjoyed living at sea and on board the Robert C. Seamans for the past 5 weeks and I’m just not quite ready to leave! There are just so many incredible things to experience while sailing. Although we are all hard at work on our various papers and projects, I was convinced by my shipmates, Nanuk and Jerusha, to take a break and climb aloft with them during our transit from Mangareva to Hao.

Mar

10

C251 Web Blog - 10 March 2014

Kevin Murray, 3rd Mate
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Hello! This is your Third Mate Kevin Murray signing in. The Corwith Cramer has made its way to Admiralty Bay, Bequia as of 0800 today. There was a lot of great sailing between Tobago Cays and Bequia. Being on the Caribbean side of the lesser Antilles we really got to see what Cramer could do! I am the watch officer for A Watch and it was amazing to see how much my watch and all the crew have come along! On our dawn watch (0300-0700) we gybed 3 times as we worked our way to windward for our approach to Admiralty Bay. Everyone knew right where to go for every sail evolution and it all went very smoothly.

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Mar

08

C251 Web Blog - 08 March 2014

Gabrielle Page, Sailing intern
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Dear families and friends: ahoy! Today we were lucky enough to reach another beautiful spot of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Less than 10 nautical miles NE of Union Island, the Tobago Cays are a set of small islets surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. It is said to be a stupendous snorkeling spot – a rumor we will investigate in person tomorrow.  The ship’s company worked hard to earn their time in such a beautiful anchorage. This morning, students and crew alike dived head first into field day – an intense, two-hour cleaning of the entire ship that’s filled with sponges, music and candy.

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