SEA Currents: c257
This morning we parted ways with the beautiful island of Dominica. Although it’s exciting to be underway again and fall back into our “normal” routines, the last few days at anchor were wonderful. On Tuesday I celebrated my 21st birthday exploring Roseau with friends and hiking to Trafalgar Falls. I was also able to phone home to my parents and sister, an opportunity which I now realize that I often take for granted when in the States.
Old Friends and New
Wow. It’s already March 12th. This trip is flying by! Okay. So. March 12th. The Corwith Cramer is currently anchored in the port of Portsmouth, Dominica. It is a beautiful day in the Caribbean! I woke up at 0530 and went on a run with Captain Sean, and my wonderful shipmates Emily, Sarah, speedy Rob and Matt. After our run we had a delicious breakfast! Thank you Becky! Later that morning I learned that I was assigned to be Assistant Steward for this day in port!
Field Trip to the Kalinago Territory
4:45 am, rise and shine! My day begins with deck watch taking bearings and doing boat checks making sure all is well while the crew slowly wakes up. Another glorious sunrise, and it’s time to set the flags-one under which we sail, America, and a courtesy flag of the country we are in, Dominica. “Wai’tukubuli” “tall is her body” is what the indigenous people call the island for her tall forested mountains.
You can’t count on the sea, But you can count on your crew
I began my day at a lovely 0420. I was helpfully encouraged to bring a foul weather jacket to my watch. I would come to cherish that advice as I was greeted by solid 28-30 knot winds with gusts reaching near fifty. But before I arrived on deck (sleeping semi-comfortably in my bunk), I had no idea that we pulled in our starboard anchor and began a controlled drift that extended one nautical mile from our original anchorage in Prince Rupert’s Bay. In addition to that, we had motor tacked and performed this maneuver once before I even arrived on the scene.
The Great Wave of Les Saintes
Ahoy there family & friends!
It’s that time again-when you get to catch a glimpse into life aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, a life not for the faint of heart. Today is March 9, 2015 and we are sailing across the Dominica channel from the islands of Les Saintes, just off the coast of Guadeloupe, to our next port stop: Dominica!
Bow Sprit Reflections
Never have I felt so at ease with myself
These words mark the opening lines of artist Ruby Bute’s book of poetry. As I sit here, writing on the top of the dog house, I feel as if these words were written for me. I look around and hear nothing but soft splashing of waves, the gentle wind whistling by, and the voices of my shipmates as they steer the Cramer towards our next destination, Dominica.
Today was field day!! Compared to our last big clean up, I felt like this one went much smoother. The fire line crawled up the forward ladder and out on the bow, music booming, galley pots, pans and spices moving outside. After the line dispersed, I prepared for a dive deep into the belly of the Cramer. The rest of my fellow watch mates tackled the galley, I submerged myself below them to begin the deep clean of the dry stores.
Little Bay, Montserrat
“Please be aggressive when you wake me up for mid-watch. I’ll need it.”
That’s what I told Colin and the B Watch crew before going to bed last night. We had spent the past day and a half sailing under the wind/wave protection of St. Kitts and Nevis, and I knew that my C Watch crew would be responsible for launching a potentially tumultuous journey to Montserrat. at 2300 at night. Shout-out to my mom Kazumi and sister Lisa, who know how slow I can be to get going in the morning!
We Love It Here, But We Miss A Few Things…
Hello People of Land and those with Internet at Sea!
Lillian here. At the moment, (that moment being 1600 on March 4th) we are anchored off Nevis Island. We have stopped in this nice little cove to take a break from gybing back and forth so our crew can rest up and get ready for the short but most likely rough sail to Montserrat. If you have been following our blog, you may have seen that winds and waves have been rather high, between 17 and 25 knots (Google the conversion to miles per hour) and they are only predicted to build through the night.
Hello to all the loved ones,
Although we just left St. Martin yesterday, we are well on our way to Montserrat by now. The journey between these two islands is very short (should only take us about 2 days), but we have to immerse ourselves fully into the sailor’s mindset while we’re out here. We all had an incredible time in St. Martin, and we are looking forward to a very unique experience on Montserrat, but for these next two days, we are here on the ocean.