She is sailing on SEA's 134-foot sailing school vessel named the Coronith Cramer, one of the most prestigious research-equipped vessels under sail in the country.
Her mom, Karen, said the family is able to check her progress online daily at the SEA semester Web site.
"Her dad was in the Coast Guard; her love of the water is in her genes," said Karen.
Karen and Ken attended a parents orientation session, where they learned their daughter would be sailing with 17 other students from all over the country, and even as far as Nova Scotia and New Zealand.
"When she first approached us with the idea, we were nervous. We now know there are 10 crew members on board and it's also the opportunity of a lifetime. We knew we had to support her," said Ken.
The trip began in Key West, Fla., where the ship will also return after traveling 3,000 nautical miles over a six-week period. The SEA program is open to all majors and works to provide experience in developing teamwork and decision-making skills.
According to her father, Jacqueline's 17-year-old sister, Rachel, has shown an interest in sailing as well. The family looks forward to hearing about the journey.
"Sometimes you have to push to see what you are made of. We oftentimes are capable of so much more," said Ken.""