SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
Field Day #2
24° 59.2’ N x 057° 01.7’W
811nm NNE of Granada, 622nm NE of Puerto Rico, 600nm SE of Bermuda, 1,300nm SSE of Penobscot Bay
Calm winds, gentle seas, happy clouds.
Jib, Main & Fore Stays’l.
Some Mink whales were sighted this morning off the starboard side.
Ahoy readers of the Cramer blog,
Today was another Field day. That means that we all had a chance to scrub, shine, wipe, sweep, and swiff! There was plenty of grit and grime (Mung) to keep us busy for a couple of hours! Cookware came out of the Galley for a good scrubbin', settee cushions up to the deck for a shinin', overheads and bulkheads wiped, Soles swept n' swiffered! For those of you who are thinking these activities don't sound like a good time, let me tell ya..it depends on the context. We tackled the task of a boat cleanse together, as a crew, the seas were calm, we managed to make our home clean, there was a heck of a hype activity before we started (thanks A watch), and the deck shower was refreshing. Honestly, even cleaning can be a good time when you have the right context. This type of context is a part of what brought me here.
I am on this trip with SEA Semester as a Sailing Intern, I'm not an alum and I haven't sailed with SEA before. So as you can imagine, I have been asked many times why I chose to volunteer for this trip. Well, I am familiar with SEA and their mission. Taking young people out and showing them this sailing/scientific world is something that I know has a positive influence. I also know that the people in "this world" are good ones and I like to be around them. Accordingly, I've been wanting to begin my connection with SEA for a while and to top it off, I love to sail!
Happily, I can report that everything I was hoping for on this trip is being satisfied if not exceeded and we've had great sailing for the past few days! I've been enjoying getting to know everyone and seeing the students adapt to life at sea. It may not be for everyone, but I can see them being affected by some of the same influences that were bestowed upon me. It's great to see people taking responsibility for themselves and others and getting along so well. If only the rest of the world could get along as merrily as we out here in this little one of ours.
Now if you will excuse me, I also feel some of the effects of life at sea that have been mentioned in previous posts. My eyelids are heavy and I'm ready to embrace my dreams of fun and inspirational activities to come. Even DC (Daily Clean) tomorrow morning.