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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer


Nov

05

Tropics!

Gabo Page, 1st assistant scientist
Ocean Exploration

A watch (Zoe, Celine, Anna, Sonia, Chris, Gabo, Jack and Lydia) on a sunny afternoon

Ship's Log

Noon Position
23° 00.8’ N x 056° 59.2’W

Location Description
560nm from Puerto Rico, 800nm from South America, 1300nm from Cape Cod

Heading
190°

Log
1617nm

Weather
Wind and seas ExS, force 1. Few cumulus and altostratus clouds.

Sail Plan
Main & Fore Stays’ls.

Souls on Board

Welcome to the tropics! On this fifth of November the Cramer and her crew crossed the Tropic of Cancer, this invisible line circling the globe at 23° 30' N. This event (celebrated by as many aloha shirts as I could encourage people to wear) was one I was looking forward to for some time, and this for a few reasons.

Sailing in the tropics has a quintessential aspect to me - a notion that this is how life at sea ought to be. The particular smell of sunscreen, a particular shade of ocean blue, the easy life in shorts and the good honest heat and fair weather are all things I am excited to share with those who've never been here before. But entering the tropics is also a testament to how far we've already traveled, from a place where sea surface temperature was 10° C colder and one wore 5 more layers on evening watch. We are on our way to complete our crossing of the Sargasso Sea and enter into a more tropical water mass where we will discover a new oceanic zone and hopefully ride the trade winds further and further south.

Several of us were commenting this morning on how spectacular the celestial sights have been for us lately. Between rainclouds on the horizon and moonlit rainbows, glorious sunrises and immaculate midnight stars, we have been treated indeed to a wonder of weather phenomena and celestial bodies in recent days. Undoubtedly one of my favorite aspects of life at sea, the attune-ness of every person to the rhythms of the sun, moon and stars at sea is both grounding and exhilarating. Tonight being no different, I stepped from the brightly lit lab onto deck to a quiet sighting of an extraordinarily large, full, orange rising moon. Can't wait for the sunrise in the morning.

- Gabo

PS: Happy birthday Dad! Hope you had an amazing day, see you soon! Love, G

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Ocean Exploration, • Topics: c275  life at sea  sailing  study abroad • (3) Comments
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Comments

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#1. Posted by Bruce Page on November 06, 2017

Hello to all on the Corwith Cramer!
Congrats on crossing over into the tropics and thanks Gabo for the birthday wishes! We had an incredible day yesterday with mommy and Juji. We were up in Scotland where we woke up to a magnificent sunrise over the Loch Lomond. We will show you pictures. A walk in the lovely Scottish countryside and a hearty breakfast got us started in a good way. It was fine.
Sending you fair winds and lots of love,
Dad


#2. Posted by Jack Rozen on November 06, 2017

Great beard and getting better .Bet that now you are in the tropics it is a bit
is Uncomfortably hot, but worthwhile to look like
a Salty one. .
  Wish I was there though . What a blast ! Certainly
starting a semester late did you a great favour
This trip was something you wouldn’t have had
Happy sails
Love
STEVE & Midge


#3. Posted by Suzanne Driscoll on November 06, 2017

Love seeing that smile, Chris! Now that’s what I call proof of life! Can’t wait to hear about the stars at night. Love to you and hello to the rest of A watch.


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