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Last morning at sea before Japan!

It’s dawn Thursday on our last day at sea before Japan! We’ve really enjoyed these three amazing weeks of life at sea. For me, the deep involvement with students and teaching has been just wonderful. Also, the isolation of the ocean crossing with the intense physical nature of the changing sea has been so novel

 
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Sea Change

Lat = 26.5 N ;  Lon = 156.5 E ; Depth = 16,500 feet ; Dist to Kobe = 1206 km Yesterday we crossed a sharp boundary between the easterly tropical Trade Winds and the westerly winds of the Earth’s mid-latitudes. After a glorious morning of tropical sunshine and smooth following seas, we suddenly encountered

 
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Halfway from Hawaii to Japan

Lat = 25; Lon=168 E; Depth = 19,000 feet; Distance to port =2400 NM; Sea temp=22 C; Air temp = 23 C Lovely sunny morning of pretty Trade cumulus, with clouds shearing off toward the south.  The sea is gorgeous – sun-sparkled water of deepest blue, the first day we haven’t had white caps. The

 
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(Time) Zoning Out

Latitude=22 N Longitude=175.5 W Course=284o Speed=18.4 kt Temp=26 C (79 F) As we sail west from Hawaii, Colorado slips further and further away. One of the unexpected ways this is becoming clear to me is that on many evenings, we are told to set our clocks back one hour. Our clocks are now 5 hours

 
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Polynesian Voyagers

We spent just 17 hours in port in Honolulu on January 12. The evening before we arrived in Hawaii, we had a raucous all-ship’s meeting in the large classroom. It was standing room only. The atmosphere was electric — after 8 days at sea, we were SO ready to disembark and begin our land adventures!

 
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Rocking and Rolling

1:30 PM Thu Jan 9      23 N, 143 WWe’re sailing just south of due west at 11 knots over 17,150 feet of waterSea surface temperature is 19 C/66 F and the air temperature is 20 C/68 F Finally getting in the swing of things here on Semester at Sea. Students are great – asking loads

 
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Partway Through 1st Crossing

  7 AM Mon Jan 6:  Lat 26d 41′ 72″ N ; Lon 125d 54′ 41″ W.    We sailed from Ensenada into the sunset on Jan 4, and we’re now crossing the blue water of the North Pacific Gyre about 20% of the way to Hawaii. What a transformation in shipboard life since the

 
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Student Embarkation Day!

The students are on board! We boarded 557 students and 24 lifelong learners this morning, and are now preparing to sail over the horizon, away from phones and facebook and land (and probably this blog). We will spend the next 8 days crossing the blue ocean to Hawaii, crawling along the surface at about 23

 
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Orientation

As our Executive Dean Sue Weitz said this evening, “We brought together dozens of faculty and staff from all over the world, and in three days POOF! We created a University!” We’ve been on the ship since Jan 1, but we’re still docked in San Diego. We’ve spent the past three days doing a seemingly

 
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What is this all about?

Semester at Sea is a floating college campus. It’s been operating since 1963, and in recent years runs two semester-long voyages each year on a repurposed small(-ish) cruise ship.  The academic home institution for SAS is currently Colorado State University. In the past SAS has partnered with other universities — most recently the University of

 
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