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March 09, 2018

Science rules!

Lindsay Brubaker, B Watch, Oberlin College

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Another day in port, another adventure. After our usual port routine of breakfast and chores, we took a class trip down to NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research), which is pretty much the New Zealand equivalent of NOAA.

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March 08, 2018

Bloggin’ on the noggin

Adam Rogowski, A Watch, Macalester College

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It’s day three of our port stop. We’ve been docked in Wellington for what feels like a long time now, and have grown accustomed to people coming by and photographing us doing daily tasks, like eating and washing the deck.

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March 07, 2018

Botanical Explorations under Foulie Brim & Canopy

Lillian Strehlow, C Watch, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

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The main event for our troupe of foulie-clad (foul weather gear-wearing) students today was a trip up the hillside to MetService, Aotearoa New Zealand’s national weather forecasters. The “wee-thah” as the folks down here say, was the subject of inquiry, and the steady drizzle and fog covered hillside below us set the stage for discussion.

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March 06, 2018

Rambunctious Reindeer Receive Respite and Rejoice

Claudia Davis, C Watch, Brandeis University

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It’s been a busy day that started bright and early for the Robert C. Seamans as we’ve made our way across the Cook Strait from anchorage in Point Underwood to the long-awaited port of Wellington. When we departed Opua for this leg fourteen days ago-two weeks that were somehow both long and lightning fast-we were given a guiding analogy of the caribou and the reindeer by our captain.

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March 05, 2018

A Salty Sea Dog

Tyler Egeland, B Watch, Eckerd College

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We were lifted swift to drift with a gale
But pleasantly stable as an anchor entails
And although skin wrinkles by salt and sun
Spirit fails to be weathered if it weighs a ton

Students set sail for a new sense of place
Promptly missing their mother’s embrace
As different we are individually one
As difference makes us markedly more fun

We ward off scurvy with kiwis sweet as
And grow untamed beards as Duncan surely has
Mark your head when helms alee
And yell “Gybe Ho!” to Eric’s decree

When sat beneath our last starry night
The end will depress us and rob our delight
But all is well and will be all right
As we carry home stories on our return flight.

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March 02, 2018

On being a sponge

Emma Garschagen, A Watch, Kenyon College

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The past two weeks have thrown a lot of new information at S277, from sail handling to lab protocols to maneuvering through the engine room without collisions while the ship rolls up and down 10 foot swells - just like drinking out of a fire hose (@Summer’s blog post). As my dad always reminds me when I go somewhere new, I have been trying to ‘be a sponge’ and soak up everything I can aboard the Bobby C.

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March 01, 2018

Lunch Comes at You Fast

Anna Ripley, A Watch, Whitman College

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Hello everyone!

We have been out of port for about a week now, and I am finally starting to get used to the watch routine. It’s not too bad, and nighttime watches are helping me to drastically improve my napping skills. Yesterday, I was the assistant steward, which was a nice break in routine.

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February 28, 2018

Hello hello from a place where it’s summer!

Ginny Renjilian, C Watch, Middlebury College

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We’re heading south so it’s getting cooler, but still a far cry from the chilly billy Woods Hole! Today was still warm enough for shorts! Speaking of short - sailors like to make words shorter by dropping lots of the letters, which really tickles me. For instance, I live in the fo’c's’le, and if you know of a word with a better letter to apostrophe ratio please let me know.

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February 27, 2018

Of Science and Wind

Qyn Byrne, A Watch, Bowdoin College

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The weather today reminds me of St. Louis, my hometown.  The humidity might be closer to that of Brunswick, ME where I live most of the year, but the constantly changing winds, waves and sprays of seawater like rain remind me of growing up in an area where the weatherman is always wrong.

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February 26, 2018

s’WELL

Emma Palmer, C Watch, Barnard College

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There’s a window above the computer I’m writing at and every four seconds white water splashes over the top of the metal bars. Our ship is moving quickly today and the swells are bigger than my virgin sea legs are comfortable with. The ‘feel-better box” of saltines and ginger chews that lives on the hutch has been emptied entirely today by shipmates who (like me) are feeling a little swirly.

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