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C251 Web Blog - 14 March 2014
Only ten days remain. Not far off numerically, however the amount of work ahead is intimidating to say the least. To add to the academic stress aboard the Corwith Cramer, as Jade touched on in yesterdays post, the third phase of our voyage is upon us. This means Junior Watch Officer rotations have begun. So far Kate and Jade have lead the way with fine performances to say the least. There has been a great deal of navigating and science today, and without the proper guidance from an expert leader, many of these procedures would not be completed precisely and in a timely fashion.
C251 Web Blog - 13 March 2014
Hello lovely people! Today lets talk about science. While in Bequia there were many wide eyed, coffee fueled students that stayed on board Cramer to work on their research data instead of laying on a Caribbean beach, or exploring the island (which we had done the previous two days). What nerds we are, sailing for science. I do believe we all had our fill of excel spread sheets and figures yesterday. Today we did a CTD deployment, which is used to measure salinity, temperature, and depth. We also deployed my favorite scientific device, the neuston net.
C251 Web Blog - 12 March 2014
Hey friends and family! We put to sea again from Bequia today after having a few days to enjoy one of my new favorite spots in the Caribbean. This place was wonderful and the thing that made it so enjoyable was the people. The first thing I saw when going ashore was a little boy named Chadwick who was fishing near the dingy dock from the refrigerator he was paddling! Chadwick and his friends met us on the docks several times to hang out and dance.
C251 Web Blog - 11 March 2014
Hello, to everyone living in the world outside the Corwith Cramer. Today was a perfect day spent in Bequia. All of the students left the boat at 0730 this morning. After a little bit of time using wifi and getting back in touch with the outside world we went to a local fruit market had fruit including soursap, star fruit, coconut, wax apple, mango and banana. At 0900 we met Craig and Mr. Belmar for a tour of The Bequia Boat Museum and a chance to learn about Bequian history and culture.
C251 Web Blog - 10 March 2014
Hello! This is your Third Mate Kevin Murray signing in. The Corwith Cramer has made its way to Admiralty Bay, Bequia as of 0800 today. There was a lot of great sailing between Tobago Cays and Bequia. Being on the Caribbean side of the lesser Antilles we really got to see what Cramer could do! I am the watch officer for A Watch and it was amazing to see how much my watch and all the crew have come along! On our dawn watch (0300-0700) we gybed 3 times as we worked our way to windward for our approach to Admiralty Bay. Everyone knew right where to go for every sail evolution and it all went very smoothly.
C251 Web Blog - 09 March 2014
Hello world! We are underway again for a quick jaunt to Bequia, our next port stop. Last night we enjoyed some singing and guitar strumming on the quarter deck followed by one-hour anchor watches throughout the night. This morning we split into port and starboard watches after breakfast and took turns visiting the Tobago Cays beach and snorkel spot. Our Chief Scientist, Chuck Lea, reminded Captain Elliot that they visited this same spot when Elliot was a SEA Semester student just a few years ago (ok, maybe more than a few).
C251 Web Blog - 08 March 2014
Dear families and friends: ahoy! Today we were lucky enough to reach another beautiful spot of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Less than 10 nautical miles NE of Union Island, the Tobago Cays are a set of small islets surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. It is said to be a stupendous snorkeling spot a rumor we will investigate in person tomorrow. The ships company worked hard to earn their time in such a beautiful anchorage. This morning, students and crew alike dived head first into field day an intense, two-hour cleaning of the entire ship thats filled with sponges, music and candy.
C251 Web Blog - 07 March 2014
Today we reached our second port stop, Union Island. It was nice to go ashore today and to still know that we all have our land legs after over yet another week at sea. It took the Cramer a few tries to anchor in the harbor this morning, but third time is the charm. Due to the delay in anchoring the ship, field day has been pushed back until tomorrow. Field day is when all hands split up tasks and complete a thorough cleaning of the ship. After the anchor was set it was time for an all hands meeting on the Quarter Deck. A surprise was in order to celebrate Jesss birthday.
C251 Web Blog - 06 March 2014
This is so exciting! We are about to sail into port at Union Island sometime soon, and it is so nice seeing land. However, I do like being out on the ocean and just seeing the vast blue of the horizon. One of my favorite times is during the night watch, looking out into the stars. A watch is getting pretty good at naming constellations and navigation stars thanks to guidance of our mates, scientists, but especially our sailing intern Gabrielle (Gabs not Gabby). One my favorite constellation stories that Ive heard from her is a Polynesian folk tale.
C251 Web Blog - 05 March 2014
Over the past 3 weeks our crew has sailed over 1000 miles, fought through weather, become a cohesive unit and have collected boatloads of scientific data (no pun intended). Needless to say if there were ever a place on earth to conquer fears and obtain interesting/relevant skills it is almost certainly on a scientific research vessel in the middle of the Caribbean. That being said today happened to be one of the more exciting days, because
2 students and I learned how to climb the masts.