At Sea Education Association, we live by a simple code:  Ship. Shipmate. Self.  It's about teamwork, attending to others first, and serving something greater than oneself. 
We're thinking about our community during this time and want to keep our shipmates connected with brief updates.  We're all in this together and hope the news, stories and scuttlebutt makes this challenging time brighter.

The SSV Corwith Cramer will be home soon!  After waiting out the recent stormy weather, the ship is once again sailing north. Weather pending, we expect Cramer to be safely docked in Woods Hole by the last week of April. Meanwhile, more than 1000 miles north and east of New Zealand, the SSV Robert C. Seamans is making excellent headway toward Honolulu…  about 4000 miles to go!  Follow their progress on the SEA Currents blog.

Sonia Pollock and Will Muir service the water maker high
pressure pump aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans.
SSV Corwith Cramer alongside in Cape Charles, Virginia

In Gratitude

All this sailing wouldn't be possible without constant ship maintenance.  Each year, our ships typically have two yard periods, late summer and January, where the crew repair, repaint, and refurbish the ships from stem to stern.  This January in New Zealand and San Juan, PR, both crews were able to complete over 25 large projects throughout the vessels from installing a new gyrocompass, repairing sails, upgrading computers, and performing regular safety inspections.
All this work could not be completed without the hard work of the crew, logistical support by the Marine Department, and funding from our donors.  It takes a community to keep our ships ship-shape and with the support of crew, staff and donors, our ships keep sailing the open oceans, inspiring the next generation of ocean scholars, stewards and leaders.  Thank you!
Masks by Kate and Latt Lambert, S-182 & C-186
Assistant Scientist Olivia Lord with Matt and Kate Lambert on the dock in Cape Charles, Virginia.

Looking after the Cramer Crew 

This past weekend SEA Semester alumni and former crew members Kate (Haber), S-182, and Matt Lambert, C-186, delivered homemade masks to the SSV Corwith Cramer crew in Cape Charles, Virginia. These masks will come in handy when the Cramer arrives in Woods Hole. Thank you, Kate and Matt, for looking after your shipmates!
If you are looking for ways to help your shipmates and SEA, consider:
Updating your contact information.  It's how we keep our community united and connected, and please keep gathering virtually!  We love that you are staying connected and have created backdrop photos - just for fun!  Keep tagging #SEASemester or @SEASemester when sharing your virtual gatherings.
Contact Victoria if you have any questions or need help reaching your shipmates.  Have fun and keep connecting! 
Rich Wilson aboard Great American IV in the 2017 Vendee Globe solo round the world race.

Advice from Vendee Globe sailor Rich Wilson

by Rich Wilson
Isolation isn’t easy.  So we turned to longtime SEA trustee and overseer Rich Wilson for advice. In 2017, Rich competed in his second Vendee Globe round the world solo race, spending more than 120 days alone, in a sea of uncertainty. These are his recommendations:
1. Exercise.
The Open 60 was a monster to sail and required ~6000 calories daily to maintain body weight. Not suggesting that here, but making exercise strictly daily, more challenging & lengthier than usual, will reduce stress, make you sleep better, and you’ll be fitter coming out of this.  

2. Lots of communications.
Our tally of emails during the 107 days at sea came to 500+ to Lauren Zike, S-184, who managed our site ALIVE global school program, and ~300 to Geoff Brown our Boat Captain (technical head of the project). We also had fewer emails (but still many) to friends and family ashore.  I was alone, but with the good comms, I never felt alone.

3. Inspiration.
I had .MP4 files of 10 true sports movies on the ship’s computer, and I knew exactly where the inspirational quotes were, so I could go to them when needed. Music can also help your mental state. Need to set the 4,000 square foot gennaker at midnight? Get pumped with Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run at high volume before going on the foredeck. Scared in a frigid 60 knot gale in the Indian Ocean in the dark? Listen to Chants of the St. Benedictine Monks to sooth your agitation.  Music can be used identically to modify your moods in your self-quarantine.
4. A day at a time.
A notable difference between VG2008-9 (121 days) and VG2016-17 (107 days) was the fear and uncertainty factor. For the first race, it seemed that the entire future was unknown, from right now until infinity, and that is a massive uncertainty to bear. For the second race, having successfully finished the first, I felt that if I just kept tending to the boat (make all the needed sail changes and repairs) and to myself (eat and drink constantly; sleep when possible) and did that for this 24 hours, and then the next, and the next, that eventually this will end (boat and skipper somewhere, hopefully France).  The saying is a cliche - take it a day at a time - but true.  

We understand this is a challenging time for everyone, and hope you are taking care of yourself, your family and helping whenever you can.
Thank you to those who have reached out to offer kind words and encouragement.  Your support means so much to us.
If you are in a position to make a gift to SEA, rest assured that it will be put to good use and greatly appreciated.  We have so much more to do and new shipmates to inspire!
Thank you for being part of our community.
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