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March 05, 2019

Last Day in Napier

Jack Porterfield, B Watch, University of Vermont

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Today was the last full day of our impromptu stop in Napier. A few days ago, we looked forward to today being the end of our longest segment at sea, as the original plan had us arriving in Wellington today. Instead, we have spent the last three days enjoying Napier, a mid-size beach town in Hawke’s Bay.

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March 04, 2019

Motor Boat, Motor Boat go so Fast (5 knots exactly)

Skylah Reis, A Watch, Harvard College

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Hello all of you beautiful C-284 blog readers. I am here to report that we woke up on this fine Monday anchored in Great Inagua, Bahamas but it wasn’t long until A watch (best watch) took the deck at 0650 and began preparing for departure.

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March 01, 2019

Half-Way There

Brooke Baldassare, B-Watch, University of San Diego

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Today, B-watch took the deck at 1300 after most of us slept in until lunchtime due to our long evening watch the previous night. Morale was a bit low, as the rough seas we have been facing have taken a toll on both our bodies and our original plan for out course track. Our morning was spent preparing for the notorious pin rail race that would be happening during class time at 1430.

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March 01, 2019

Did Somebody Say Swim Call?????????

Julia Grady, A Watch, Colby College

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I’m writing from Great Inagua, Bahamas, where the ocean is as blue as a YMCA swimming pool and clear enough to see 33.2 feet below. The new watch schedule has been a tough adjustment; for me, the most challenging part of being underway is the cyclical nature of the days. Thankfully today was about as blissful and unpredictable as I could’ve imagined.

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February 28, 2019

Oh Whale

Emily Brooks, Sea Watch, The University of New Hampshire

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Due to unfavorable weather conditions we were not able to spend the day in Silver Bank observing whales as planned. Instead we set course for Great Inagua in hopes of getting there a day early.

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February 28, 2019

Every cloud has a silver lining

Nathaniel Gordon, C-Watch, University of Washington

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Today, our clouds looked like they would have a silver lining. C watch took the deck from B watch at 0700 to a beautiful sunrise and calm conditions. It was a picturesque morning. The sun rose over a cloudless horizon, bathing the boat in golden rays for almost an hour.

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February 27, 2019

Windy Whale Watching (try saying that 5 times fast…)

Alle Brown-Law, C Watch, Carleton College

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Hello faithful followers of the C-284 blog! I am writing this blog entry in the Cramer’s library, while we roll the characteristic side-to-side motion of a downwind sail. Today was full of whales and waves as we sailed around the edges of Silver Bank, the marine preserve known for its humpback whales.

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February 27, 2019

Fireball

Sarah Farris, B-Watch, UNC-Chapel Hill

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Ahoy from the Robert C. Seamans! We have now been in our new watch rotations for a whole 24 hours! Six hours of watch sounds more tedious than it actually is, which has been a nice surprise (so far, I’ve only had two watches).

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February 26, 2019

Thoughts from Lookout

Luke Kellett, B watch, Allegheny College

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We spent a pleasant morning catching up on sleep and academic work while anchored about three-quarters of a mile off the beach, outside of Tauranga Harbor.

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February 25, 2019

VolcaNO Place I’d Rather Be

Hannah Gottesman, C Watch, Cornell University

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According to my watch, it’s Monday, so I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Sunday on the Robert C. Seamans was spent sailing around Whakaari, an active volcano.  That morning, having slept through breakfast after midwatch, I woke up to the sight of Whakaari framed by my bunk’s porthole.

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