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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer


Dec

20

The End in Sight

Kennedy Holland, C Watch, Claremont McKenna College
Oceans & Climate

A home I will never soon forget. Photo Credit: Kennedy Holland

Ship's Log

Position
18° 08.8’N x 064° 19.4’W

Description of location
Eastern Caribbean

Souls on Board

After 30 days at sea crossing the Atlantic, and now sailing through Caribbean islands, our trip is nearing an end. I cannot quite figure out exactly how I’m feeling about returning home and ending this epic adventure. During this time at sea I have gone from a completely incompetent student to a mildly competent sailor, and it has been an exhausting experience. There were countless moments where I wanted to give up; where I was failing and longed to be at home, with simple luxuries such as music and long showers.

Many days, I missed home and my friends. I missed a normal sleeping and laundry schedule. I struggled with embracing boat life, and was disappointed in myself that I was not thriving in this type of environment.

But there are these moments on Cramer that make me relax and realize how incredible this life is, and how much I am going to miss this community. Most nights, around sunset, the crew gathers near the quarter deck. No one is necessarily speaking, but people have their musical instruments out, playing for all to listen. Everyone is pensive and gazing at the sun dip below the horizon, lighting up the sky in a spectrum of bright colors. It’s a quiet, peaceful scene, with a beautiful sunset as a backdrop, and it’s in this exact moment when I absolutely crave for this trip to last longer. As students, we have learned and grown so much together in the past 5 weeks. I surprise myself everyday with how much I know now compared to the little I knew at the start. Just when the end is in sight, I feel confident  and comfortable with my presence on the boat.

No matter how I feel or how long I want this trip to last, it is ending in a couple days, and I will be flying back home to Canada to meet up with my family. Upon my return home, I know I am going to be overwhelmed. I will undoubtedly be bombarded with questions I am unprepared for, and expectations for stories I have yet to even begin to process. It will definitely be strange integrating back into society and social media, away from my small Cramer community, but ultimately I am excited to be reunited with my friends and family. This trip has not been easy. In fact, it has been one of the hardest, most challenging experiences of my life, but it has also been the most rewarding. Even though I have been outside of my comfort zone 100% of the time, I could not be happier with my study abroad decision.

Thank you all for reading our blog posts throughout this trip - I hope it gives you a glimpse of our life on the Corwith Cramer!

SCOTT – shoutout for mama’s bday

Much love to everyone back home,
Kennedy

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c263  life at sea • (0) Comments
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