Darcy Cogswell ’16 Charts Her Own Course Via Transatlantic Crossing to Ireland

Rising Senior’s Memorable Summer Voyage Is Latest in Series of Sailing Adventures

Hartford, CT, July 28, 2015 – Rising Trinity senior Darcy Cogswell ’16 is among 17 undergraduates from top U.S. colleges and universities who sailed a tall ship across the world’s second-largest ocean this summer.

SEA Semester: Transatlantic Crossing allows students of all majors to join the ranks of world-class sailors and pre-19th century world travelers, navigating from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Cork, Ireland, while engaging in oceanographic research and cultivating lifelong leadership and management skills.

After completing preparatory coursework on shore at the Sea Education Association (SEA) campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Cogswell and fellow shipmates set off on their June 3 to July 2 voyage aboard a state-of-the-art research vessel, the Corwith Cramer, a 134-foot brigantine sailing school vessel operating in the Atlantic Ocean. Read a blog post Cogswell wrote during the journey here.

Cogswell, the recipient of the Oliver F. Johnson Memorial Scholarship at Trinity, explained that her voyage this summer was the latest in a series of sailing-related adventures she has pursued during her college career. She began with a five-day program in Mystic, Connecticut, the summer following her first year at Trinity, during which she learned to sail on the Mystic Seaport schooner, Brilliant.

She enjoyed that experience so much that she secured a job the following summer as a crew member on the schooner Mystic Whaler, which sails out of New London, Connecticut. Then, during the spring 2015 semester, she studied away on the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program, based out of Mystic Seaport. “Part of the program was an eight-day trip on a tall ship, which was on SEA's ship, Corwith Cramer,” said Cogswell. “After having an amazing experience aboard Cramer, I decided that I wanted to do SEA’s Transatlantic Crossing program this summer.”

Over the past decade, on average, one Trinity student each year has participated in a SEA Semester program – most during the regular school year, some during the summer. Often students are drawn to SEA programs to complement study in environmental science, but others, like Cogswell, a classical studies major, choose the programs for other reasons. “For me, it was my love of sailing,” said Cogswell.

Trinity’s Study Away Program Coordinator Eleanor Emerson calls the SEA program one of the “hidden gems” among the study away opportunities that are available to students. Read more about Study Away here.