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Oceans and Seas » Pacific April 7th 2011

Place: Middle of the Pacific Ocean APRIL 10th--- So it began…the longest part of the trip. The 10 straight days at sea! Our ship is currently sailing across the Pacific Ocean and it is pretty rocky and miserable! The worst part is that this is when all the real research papers, presentation and finals happen. I somehow picked up a terrible could in Taiwan and haven’t been feeling well. I’m trying to power through it though with naps and tons of cold medicine. To make this part of the voyage less miserable SAS decided to run some fun events this week. Tonight was the SAS Student Film Festival. It was kind of a mix of movies. Most of them made fun of ship life and stuff like that. Others were more artsy and highlighted some of ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Philippine Sea April 3rd 2011

In November 2010, Carson and Deb took a trip to the Philippines to do some scuba diving. We flew into Manila, then traveled overland to the southern shore of Luzon Island where we boarded a water taxi to Mindoro Island and the small beach town of Puerto Galera. Shimmering seas and lush mountains surround the small town and three cove shaped beaches, all called Sabang. The boat harbor and our hotel are on the largest. The Atlantis Dive Resort catered to our every need. From small swimming pool, spa, massages, internet, beachside bar and fantastic restaurant, we found we never had to leave the grounds. The staff were incredibly friendly, everyone was on a first name basis. For Carson the diving was fantastic. The coral is still pristine in these waters. The Resorts Master Divers took ... read more
Atlantis Dive Resort
Puerto Galera Harbor
Rainbows all Day

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 28th 2011

March 28th, 2011 4:00am 25 04.03N 112 35.86W Seas: 3-8 feet & confused Wind 13 knots sailing wing on wing (mainsail & genoa) comments: 'I am in the belly of the beast. I am cold from the night air, I now find myself in darkness. It is warmer here, though I can tell the creature is injured as we sway back and forth, limping to the left. I hear fluid sloshing, bones cracking. I slide and rock back and forth as it continues to fight. I am now warm... I am heaved to one side. I feel someone else is here. He is cold. He must of just been eaten too. He collapses beside me in darkness.. I feel him twitch then go silent. I can hear the beasts labored breaths as the storm rages beyond ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 26th 2011

March 26th, 2011 Anchored at Abreojos It is reaching sunset and we are safely anchored at Abreojos. From the 5 mile radius, Brett began his screams of joy, pointing and dancing as he saw the faint outlines of crashing waves near shore. Apparently able to tap into his super-human vision, he exclaimed that there would indeed be surf for all. As our down-wind sail came to an abrupt stop (we simply ran out of wind) and coasted into the bay, we did see that in fact there were some nice peeling waves reaching around the point we are anchored next to. Then the wind gusted to 25 knots and has not let up.. this did not detour Brett our surf nazi, and he screamed, pointed, danced and did a few of his "hooo hooo hooo hooooooo! ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 25th 2011

March, 25th, 2010 Location: 28 54.30N 114 27.44W Surfing El Cordon At anchor Crew: Cyrus, Brett & Colby surfing, Jonny fishing, Brooke writing Comments: After a fabulous downwind sail we find ourselves at El Cordon. This sand-dune and cliff sculpted bay is a stomping ground to 2 pods of spinner & bottle nose dolphins, fishing sea lions and a wrapping point break that on good days makes grown surfers weep. Yesterday, however, was not one of those days. Worth surfing, true, but not the glassy large peeling waves that we had last time. Long story short, after a sunset surf and three different anchorages, we could not find a location that was not uncomfortable and extremely rolly... so we woke this morning to move once again near the surf spot, red-eyed and a bit off kilter. ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 24th 2011

Location: 29 24.12N 115 13 70W Motoring at 8.1 knots Winds: 4.0 Knots True After a great sail yesterday, the wind decided to depart at sunset and we have been motoring since. Hopefully they will pick up later today. I think it takes everyone a few days to wind down.. whether it is on vacation, or a break from their normal hectic schedule. I know it was like a breath of fresh air to have no cell phone, no internet, no way to deal with paperwork or see news. There is no traffic, no shopping, no sounds of traffic, sirens, fighter jets or other air traffic (San Diego is Very noisy). It has felt good. But it wasn't until three peach whale blows lit in the sunrise this morning, like sheer drapery floating over the silver ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » South China Se March 24th 2011

MARCH 24th to MARCH 26th--- The last 2 days have been absolutely miserable! We went through a storm that turned out to be really bad. The waves were crashing down really hard. Our ship would literally go on top of a wave and then crash back down. We had to barricade some of the safety doors. All the stuff in my room fell everywhere. I couldn’t sleep the entire time and almost everyone was sea-sick. The first night back on the ship from Vietnam, I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep until a huge wave came and literally by entire body left the mattress. I know we’re completely safe, but I got really scared. Going to class was a struggle and doing homework was even worse. I think only 5 people showed up to ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 23rd 2011

March 23rd, 2010 31 35.135N 116 45.458W Location: Heading South from Ensenada Speed 7.9 knots Sail: Motor sailing with Main Crew: just finished grilled sandwich lunch.. and happy Comments: Torches and pitchforks were on the ready. Plans for demonstrations, revolts and media blitzing were made in the Jacuzzi. Then we woke to glassy seas and a clear sunny wind-less day. We knew #2 could find no excuse to keep us captive any longer. #2 didn't. #2, who we found out is the dude that takes care of the light houses, did the job needed while #1 was in Mexico City on vacation, and he opened the port. At 9am, our papers were delivered and Marina bill scrubbed clean by management as an apology for any wrongs they may have committed concerning the rock 20 feet to ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 22nd 2011

5pm Tuesday March 22nd. Winds 20 knots Seas: 3-5 feet Crew: Extremely frustrated. After dealing with the harbor master on our "rock" issue (Which was filmed by Jonny with our large camera... good stuff), we had divers check the damage along with Brett as our additional scraped-keel assessor.. They all found a nice scrape but no big damage. After Brett removed himself from the lovely olive green harbor water, he tried to hose off on the dock only to douse himself with water that smelled like "@#$@!!" The gagging & spitting Brett climbed aboard, to rush to our clean shower at the aft deck. He scrubbed down with Dr. Bronners peppermint soap like a hazmat trained safety team would.. (even the inside of his mouth) and poured hydrogen peroxide in his ears to kill any creepies ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 21st 2011

Monday, March 21st, 2011 9:50pm I sit soggy at the computer after a healing jacuzzi session at the Hotel Coral Marina. This Jacuzzi might possibly be magic. Not the magic that transforms your hair-do or bank account... but the magic that happens when you need to bubble off the last few months of hectic boat work, flights, family visits, BBQ's, parties, and late night pow wows with desert spirits... and of course.. Vegas. This trip to the US was exactly that. A Trip. We had the most amazing time catching up with old friends, family and making new friends. We hit the ground running and did not stop. To know you have limited time to see people, see new sights, re-visit favorite locations, and stock up on anything American you want, because you have no idea ... read more

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