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April 05, 2017

Hove to on a Port Tack, All Day Long

Allison Taylor, B Watch, 2nd Mate

Ocean Exploration

The second Wednesday April 5th has been quite different from the first one. We have been sitting hove to on a port tack all day - essentially stopped but drifting downwind, beam to the wind and sea.  We’ve been in this configuration since about 2200 last night, waiting for a more favorable wind (and maybe a little less of it). B Watch had the morning watch today and we continued the normal routines of the ship underway, of course, and filled the little downtime with learning about the weather and how to read forecast maps.

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April 05, 2017

Phyto-Nutrients for Supper

Angel Kulynych, Assistant Steward

Ocean Exploration

Much like a good song, a great meal has the power to take you on an adventure. A momentary reprieve from heavy thoughts, unknown expectations and duties, missing family & friends on land, and just plain what’s to come next.

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April 04, 2017

Having a Whale of a Time

Kurt Bahnke, College of the Holy Cross

Ocean Exploration

“Whale!” exclaimed our 3rd Assistant Scientist Helen Duffel as we all stood lined up on the science deck on the port side of the ship learning how to deploy the Nueston net, one of our many ocean sampling tools. Although some of us, myself included, only managed to catch a glimpse of the spray from its blowhole our 1st mate Scott would later explain that it was most likely a Sperm whale based on the fact that its spray was at an angle and that it came up for air at least 20 times that he saw.

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April 03, 2017

The Third Day: A Poem

Turi Abbott, B Watch, The George Washington University,

Ocean Exploration

The seas are a churnin’,
The coffee might be burnin’,
But there is no time to fuss,
For the weather is coming for us.

Marcia turned twenty-one,
Even the seal thought it was quite fun.
There were cupcakes all around,
To get fat, we are bound.

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April 02, 2017

Birds, Beets, Bioluminescent Dolphins

Sammi Chaves, A Watch, Wheaton College

Ocean Exploration

Okay, so I don’t think we’ve actually had any beets while on board the ship yet, but I thought this title was pretty clever. Today is not my scheduled time to blog but the Sunday slots are open for anyone to sign up! After this afternoon’s bird extravaganza, it became a perfect opportunity share some photos and write about it! It comes to no surprise that I would talk about seeing birds in my first post!

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April 01, 2017

Settling in at Sea

Erin Adams, C Watch, 2nd Assistant Scientist

Ocean Exploration

Well, we have a day under our belts. I can see the signs that of all onboard are slowly settling in.  The seasickness is dissipating as time goes on and the meds do their thing. The coffee is flowing and the stewards are nourishing us with delicious food.  Students are learning the pinrail diagrams, their watch schedules, and how to navigate around the boat, as well as, on the chart in the doghouse.

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March 31, 2017

Let the Adventure Begin!

Diane Hutt, Sailing Intern

Ocean Exploration

Boats are meant to move and the crew with them. Alongside the dock, there is an anxiousness that ripples through the crew; the pull of land and loved ones and the internet are strong, but the sea, she calls us. Last night the students arrived and all of us, sailing interns included, began intense training.

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March 30, 2017

Welcome to the Robert C. Seamans

Chuck Lea, Chief Scientist

Ocean Exploration

The staff has been working hard for days to get ready for the students of class S-272, and today at 1430 they began to arrive! All the cleaning, fixing, mixing, meeting and general business has now settled down to getting the students ready to go to sea, the program has started to roll and it will not stop until we finish in Tahiti. This afternoon after all were aboard we had our first ‘muster on the quarterdeck’ as introductions were made and watches assigned.

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March 28, 2017

S-272, Ocean Exploration

Ocean Exploration

The students of S-272 will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans by March 30th in Lyttelton, New Zealand. They will complete their voyage in Pape’ete, Tahiti, around May 6th, with port stops in the Chatham Islands and Raiatea.

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