SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
Follow the Stars
15°14.1’N x 51°20.1’W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Travelling Due West at 4 knots
Double Reefed Mains’l, Tops’l, and Course
Few aspects of life are steady on the Corwith Cramer. Apart from the gimbaled tables and bunk curtains, everything around them seems to be ever-changing, moving forward, sailing west. Tonight we navigate by the stars, allowing them to show us the way. At the onset of each evening twilight, we watch as familiar stars rise from the deep horizon astern, illuminating our infinite ceiling overhead. The stars coax us west as we follow their path across the open Atlantic Ocean. As the hours fall away through the Evening and then Dawn Watches, we fall behind and we watch as the stars set over our bow, beating us to the horizon. It doesn’t matter the number of sails we set, or if we turn to the main engine for a boost, we can never keep up, and each morning, the stars disappear beneath the horizon. But without fail, they return each night. The same stars, many of which we now know by name, reappear once more to light our way home.
Today I watch as another year in my life comes to a close. Life on the ship is ever changing, but even though it’s so much more apparent, here, now, it’s important not to forget that each of our individual lives are never affixed either, and that we are all, forever, moving forward. These past weeks have flown by and time seems to only be accelerating. It’s hard to imagine that in just six days we will be arriving into Dominica, and before we know it, our time on the ship, our new home, will come to an end and it will be time for us to move on to our next adventures. As I stare out to the steady horizon and up into the vast canvas of stars during these ever dwindling nights as lookout, I remind myself of this fluid world that we live in, and these moments that we take for ourselves to appreciate it are what make it all so meaningful.
I miss you all, family and friends, and I am excited to share all that I have learned on this incredible journey. Josh, I hope that you are safe and I can’t wait to hear about all of your remarkable experiences. I could not wish for a happier life, nor have more gratitude for experiences like these. I love and miss you all.