SEA Currents: c263
A Self-Reflection on Routine
With each ocean swell I have lost touch with what a land routine is. We are currently in what you could call the middle of the ocean and I, and I am sure many of my shipmates, feel that ocean routine has taken over. When on shore, schedules are made and often changed, meals can be flexible, and plans are fairly easy to alter. However, aboard the Corwith Cramer, schedules need to be followed, meal time is always concrete, and plans need to hover around schedule because we do not travel far enough for them to stray. On the surface, ocean routine sounds predictable, yet is so far from that.
Magic Carpet Ride
The past two weeks have been a magic carpet ride on a magic boat. Perfect conditions, broad reaching to running in 20-25 kt trades, blue skies and seas, bright moon which is now waning allowing us to view an amazing sky full of stars. Last night we took a star tour led by First Mate Scott, with a spectacular view of the Andromeda Galaxy- the farthest object visible to the naked eye , 2.5 million light years away.
Wind Blown & Wild!
Hello to friends & family of all aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer! How is life on land? Do you miss us, because we miss YOU! For everyone north of us, I’m sorry! It must be so cold! As you keep adding layers to your wardrobe, we are soaking up the sun day after day. Don’t be too sad though-maybe our tans will radiate heat to you when you see us next.
I’ve decided to write about a few things you may or may not know about life aboard the Cramer:
Location, Location, Location
We’re sailing along and I think everyone is finally used to the rhythm of life at sea - the strange sleep schedule and frequent snacks. However, there have been some changes this week. We’ve transitioned into phase two of the program, in which one student shadows the mate and scientist each watch. Each watch also is working with a different mate and scientist now. I think we’re all sad to leave our original watch officers, but as we start taking the lead, it’s good to see different styles and learn new things from another person.
Today is a momentous day for us. After all of this time at sea I can now say that we are solidly about a week from land in any direction, and even more importantly we have reached our fabled Checkpoint A. At about 1700 (5:00pm for you landlubbers) we turned the wheel away from the comfortable ~230os true we have been steering these last many days, as we have reached our golden latitude. From this point on we will be steering nearly straight west, towards our next checkpoint in the Caribbean.
Thanksgiving on the High Seas
Today is American Thanksgiving, and festivities have been ongoing aboard the Cramer all day! From making hand turkeys during morning watch (don’t worry, we also did science and sail handling) to a big, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, we definitely did Thanksgiving despite being on the high seas. In fact, we also had a special Thanksgiving swizzle. A swizzle is a little party onboard for which everyone dresses up or wears special/crazy clothes.
Haiku for You
Hello all! This is Anna (the Simpsonator) and Emma (Wighty) comin at ya live from the middle of the Atlantic. Today we took the time to gather haikus from people onboard, so all our dedicated fans could get a taste of life on board and how we’re all doing out here. So without further ado:
A Whole New World
Hello my family and friends, this is Siya. It is hard to write this blog because so many things happened in the past two weeks and I do not know where to begin. Life at sea is much different than life on shore, and one thing I notice is that people on Cramer treat each other as family. We do a lot of school work, but even more time is spent learning how to live on the ship. There is a whole new language to learn. In the past, sailors learned sailing by oral traditions and working on the ship, and now we are learning in the same way.
Rocking and Rolling in the Trade Winds
Five straight days of sailing in the irrepressible trades. Being a New Englander, I’m not used to the constancy of the tropics in late fall – blue skies, impossibly blue water, swells and wind always out of the east and at the moment covering our ship with a thin fine layer of red Saharan dust. Our voyage so far has been full of camaraderie, learning, great food, brilliant stars, swells ranging from five feet to the occasional twenty footer, an empty ocean on the surface that teems with life below.
Life at sea is SWELL
Hello friends, realtives, strangers, aquantainces, people you met that one time at a party, and people who just stumbled on this blog by accident. It’s been a lovely week underway on the SSV Corwith Cramer! The past few days have been somewhat sporty (shoutout to Captain Jason for the term) with hazy skies, high winds gusting to a Beaufort force 7, and massive swells that have rocked us all night and day! Yesterday, we even had a wave crash over deck and spill in to the aft cabin which isn’t the most ideal situation.