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December 01, 2021

Starting to look up again.

HuxleyAnn Huefner, Scripps College

Sunset

Today was our first reef survey in St. Thomas. To be honest, I had to double check while writing this that we were actually in St. Thomas. We’ve done a lot of moving between bays and islands that they’ve started to get jumbled in my mind.

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November 29, 2021

Aloft!

Nicholas Romano, University of San Diego

Aloft

Over the last few weeks we have become very well acquainted with every part of our small city. Our hourly boat checks take us to all corners of the boat, through the storage compartments in the hold and the engine and machinery rooms.

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November 28, 2021

We’ve Got Some News for Ya

Abby Patterson, B Watch, University of Rhode Island

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It has been an eventful few days. We were set to leave Rendezvous Bay early Saturday morning.

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November 28, 2021

Local Apparent Thanksgiving

Sophia Lacambra, Barnard College

selfie on the quarterdeck

As I’m sure you’ve read in previous posts, life aboard the Seamans revolves around the 18 hour rotating watch cycle that ensures the boat’s constant forward motion (except for science!).  While this cycle optimizes our progress toward Hawaii, it means that there is never a moment for the whole boat to take time to be together without at least a few of us having the responsibility of tending to the ship.

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November 27, 2021

Lead up to the LAT

Adam Young, Emory University

Dumbo the heteropod

Hello, world! It’s been quite the busy past few weeks, what with sailing a boat across the Pacific and all. In just under two weeks, we have made the Seamans travel nearly 1,500 nautical miles. For a while there, I wasn’t completely sure if we would ever turn off the engine, but we’ve reached the Northeasterlies and haven’t dropped the sails since.

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November 26, 2021

All in a “day’s” work

Hannah DelVecchio, George Washington University

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Trade winds, alas! After almost a week of motorsailing on and off the winds have finally filled in and we’ve turned the engine off (for now at least…the doldrums await us).

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November 25, 2021

Mothership

Kira Becker, Northeastern University

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So it was my birthday yesterday and it was seriously the best birthday ever.

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November 25, 2021

Gratitude and Grief: Thanksgiving 2021 Aboard Cramer

So Hess, B Watch, Mount Holyoke College

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We’re finally underway and started our island-hopping snorkel adventure! Long days are ahead of us for sure: My day started this morning at 0530 with the dawn watch, and is filled with classes, rescue drills, and even a snorkel trip later.

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November 24, 2021

1000 NM

Carolyn Mavretish, Amherst College

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After waking at the ripe hour of 1030 am, I crawled out of my bunk in Sleepy Hollow with squinty eyes, blinded by the daylight.

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November 23, 2021

Lines

Matthew Robertson, Muhlenberg College

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All of this memorization of the lines we’ve been doing has led up to this day; where we were tested on our knowledge by way of the traditional line chase.

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