SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
The last 24 hours have been rocky. The tables in the saloon tilt against the rocking of the boat so that our food stays on them. Without this we would have been wearing our dinner. The wind and waves have been strong and high with a peak of about 35 knots and seas 6 to 8 feet high. We spent the whole day under sail power which is nice because the noise from the engine is no longer depriving people of sleep. For the first time on this trip we have seen water over the beams when big waves come by and rock the ship.
To all on shore, we have spent a whole day with the engine off and the sails up! A low pressure system just passed over us at the beginning of Afternoon Watch and has left behind it clear and sunny skies. We have been able to exercise most of the sails today, which was a great change from the motor sailing we had been doing with just the lowers up. Currently, we are flying the storm trysl (still up from the low pressure system), the mainstaysl, the forestaysl, the jib, the topsl and the rafee sail.
Dear Shore & Co.,
The fog lifted today! By afternoon, we had a clear view of the horizon although the sky is still quite overcast. That being said, the fog made for a 0-visibility night with the exception of astounding bioluminescence! Swells breaking against our bow made huge glowing waves, and our midnight net deployments were literally sparkling green in the pitch black water.
Hey everyone, Gabby here! We’ve been on “Mama Cramer” for four days now and things are starting to get easier. Some people have been battling sea sickness and donating to Neptune (myself being one of those people). Most everyone is through that rough stage and our inner ears are adjusting to the rolling motion. Life aboard the ship is becoming an easier routine and is going great so far.
So we’ve been officially underway for a full day and night now, and we’re all started to get settled into swing of things! It’s definitely a different experience being out on the rolling ocean and applying all the things we’re learning in real-time. There’s a lot of terminology and information to know and process, but getting the hang of things is turning out to be a rewarding experience!
Hey everyone we’re sailing!!! Since we left good old Woods Hole’s dockside yesterday afternoon, we have been flooded with tons of new sailing, science and safety terminology. We have learned so many new and important bits of information about our new home for the next month that some of us do “knot” even know what to do with our selves! But it’s great because we all are in the same boat learning and helping each other out every step of the way. After we had great anchor watches we all settled down into our comfy new bunks last night.
Having completed their brief shore component at SEAs campus in Woods Hole, the student crew of C253 boarded the SSV Corwith Cramer at 1400 this afternoon. After an initial round of orientations, we departed Dyers Dock at 1700 and headed over to Marthas Vineyard.
The students of C-253, Transatlantic Crossing, will join the Corwith Cramer on Monday, June 2nd. Their voyage will end around Saturday, June 28th, in Cork, Ireland.
Precursory note: Today’s blog has been brought to you by a group fondly known as the “other others,” or more commonly known on land as Jennica Deely, Marketing Coordinator, and Laura Mahoney, Admissions Counselor.
Despite our passion for SEA’s mission of exploration, understanding, and stewardship of the oceans, after nearly five months at SEA, neither of us had been properly introduced to the matriarch of SEA Semester, Mama Cramer. With that, we were sent packing to Bermuda over two weeks ago with nothing but unbridled enthusiasm and only a theoretical idea of what to expect.
Once upon a time in a land far far away from Bermuda there was a group of young adventurers .
Today we went to the New York Aquarium on Coney Island. We heard a talk about the Wildlife Conservation Societys New York Seascape project, and their work with sharks and eels. We were treated to a behind the scenes look at the exhibits that are currently on display. Unfortunately much of the aquarium is still under repair from Hurricane Sandy.