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If the ocean could speak… Thoughts at sea from Erika

If the ocean could speak, what would it say? I imagined this would be an incredible experience, but I cannot believe that it would be so beautiful from the beginning. Looking at the sunset, the sunrise, the dolphins that swim next to Sea Dragon, the light of the stars that reflect into the water, the […]

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Looking back on eXXpedition by First Mate Emily Caruso

I cannot recall how many times I have advised my crew that much of what we come to appreciate and love about our sailing adventures occurs in retrospect. It was for this reason that I chose to pause upon my return and wait a while before taking the time to document any final thoughts and […]

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Days of science

Day 8 – Amazon 2015 Apologies for the silence but the sun and heat does funny thing to ones brain – it turns it almost to mush. After we celebrated Lisa’s birthday with a delicious pad thai and vegan coconut and tapioca cake last night, it was my team’s turn to do the 8 pm […]

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Day 12 – Off to the jungle

Last night I was on the watch from midnight to 4 am. I find this watch the hardest. The sweltering heat during the day heats the metal deck (Seadragon is made of 50 t of steel) and then at night the metal cools down releasing the heat down into our cabins. I have supposedly been […]

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Passing Amazon

The steady South Easterlies and North running Guiana current have aided us in playing catch up since our delayed departure in Recife. Until now, the majority of our sailing has been downwind with an interchanging variety of gybes, sail area and use of poles. The equator crossing fell in the middle of the day and […]

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Las Olas Grande

Last night after science we celebrated my birthday with an awesome Pad Thai dinner made by chef Stella and Barbara and I was surprised with a vegan cake with sprinkles and candles to the tune of the birthday song being sung by the crew. It was more than I could ever ask for on a […]

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Birthday Wish

I celebrated my birthday at sea today by starting the day off with an early morning watch and as the sun started to rise, we were greeted with a pod of dolphin that stayed with us surfing the bow wake and the swell coming in under the boat for about 30 minutes.  It was more […]

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Citizen Science

My personal love for the ocean is obvious, but working on making the unseen seen to those that might not naturally express the same concern for protecting our oceans is a task that deserves exploring every angle possible.  One of those angles that we are working on back home in eastern NC and here as […]

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Amor La Mar

Making the unseen seen as it relates to ocean pollution and coastal conservation is as big of a deal to me as the ocean is vast. It’s been a life mission of mine since as long as I can remember. I often explain it as simple pride. I am a proud eastern North Carolinian, but […]

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