F13 Goes Offshore: Day 4

Day 4 – 32° 31.6’N X 118° 41.6°W

Friday, September 6, 2013

Talk about living a sailor’s life! Alex from the California Maritime Academy, Julia from Williams College, and Jorge from Williams College furl the JT under the
guidance of the ship’s First Mate.

As we continue our offshore voyage, students are truly coming to understand what life aboard is really like—whether that be gimbaled tables, waking up in the middle of the night for mid or dawn watch, or realizing the importance of delicious food! F’13 has proved to be a class full of students ready to learn and get the full experience.

During nautical science class today, students learned how to set the Jib Topsail which required a few very brave students to head out on the bowsprit and unfurl the sail. With harnesses securely clipped in and chests on the bowsprit, rotations of students furled and unfurled the JT!

Tonight we will sail to the Super Station location in San Nicholas Basin, where we will deploy a secchi disk, phytoplankton net, hydrocast, and perform a Neuston tow. Students have also decorated Styrofoam cups that will be sent down to shrink under the pressure of the ocean’s depths. Stay tuned for updates from the superstation!

Author: williamsmystic

A one semester interdisciplinary ocean and coastal studies program integrating marine science, maritime history, environmental policy, and literature of the sea.

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