SEA Currents: c270
Almost Land Ho!
Hello to those reading this!
We are currently sailing under a beautiful waxing gibbous moon. It is shining just bright enough that most stars are not as visible as they usually are. Tonight is an interesting one; I can feel many mixed emotions - stress to meet the deadline of our final research paper and excitement to reach Dominica in the next two days. A bet has been made for when we expect to see land and the winner gets to shout “Land ho!” As you can see, these are some pretty high stakes we’re betting for.
Sailing by the Stars, Wind and Seas
We are more than 24 hours into our non-instrument run, and hence the unavailable current position. Hopefully the stars, wind, and seas have been guiding us correctly to our port stop in Dominica, soon to appear in a few short days! Just a month ago, most of us had never even set foot on a sailing ship; tonight, we are the ones steering the helm and calling the sail plans, all without the help of a compass or GPS. Of course, then there is the slim chance of making landfall on a different island or continent altogether.
Instruments or Not, We’ve Almost Made It
Today the stars have aligned, the trade winds returned, and clouds parted so that with a subtle nudge from Neptune - snatching the trailing spinner off our taffrail log that allowed us to actually track our mileage - we began our long anticipated non-instrument run. As if sextants and compasses weren’t low-tech enough, we’re trading them in for sticks, hand drawn star maps, and the subtle guidance of Mother Nature and Mama Cramer.
Busy Days at Sea
Hello good friends, dear family,
From the gallant Corwith Cramer
Sailing at six miles per hour
Across the vast and briny sea.
The last few days were occupied
Handling sail and deployments
Not to mention the assignments
That left the students sleepy-eyed.
Follow the Stars
Few aspects of life are steady on the Corwith Cramer. Apart from the gimbaled tables and bunk curtains, everything around them seems to be ever-changing, moving forward, sailing west. Tonight we navigate by the stars, allowing them to show us the way. At the onset of each evening twilight, we watch as familiar stars rise from the deep horizon astern, illuminating our infinite ceiling overhead. The stars coax us west as we follow their path across the open Atlantic Ocean.
Hello squad, here we are again. Time moves so strangely aboard the Cramer. How is it already December 5th? The 5th, it’s a good day, there is just something about this 5th of December that’s super special. Anyways, spirits are high today, crossing the 2,000 nautical miles traveled mark early in the day definitely helped. Although, the all-powerful sun kindly reminded me that we are indeed in the tropics-it’s hot!! In other news, we keep moving along in our deck and lab skills.
A Hispanic Laboratory
What an adventure we’ve had through this voyage over the Atlantic! We have laughed, sung, and worked a lot. Who would’ve known that traveling as a sailor and a scientist was going to be hard, but not impossible. It has been officially three weeks sailing since we boarded the ship at Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. It has been really gratifying to start understanding the wonder our world can offer, specially the uncertainties that still exist within the Pandora’s Box we are sailing over.
Heading for Christmas?!
3rd of December… Wait! December?? It is warm outside, even during the Dawn Watch you don’t need more than long sleeves. Whenever the sun is out, everyone is hiding in the shade, and hallucinating about ice cream. Let’s get back to the typical December scenario that I am used to: Baking lots of gingerbread cookies (Omas Honigkuchen und Vanillekipferl), lighting a candle for each Advent, smelling tan-branches and sitting in front of the fire.
New Challenges and New Depths
Hello everyone back on shore! We have officially passed the midpoint of our journey both in time and in distance. We have also found the trade winds once again and have been happily sailing for over 48 hours now. The winds could not have returned at a better time as today we rotated watches in preparation for Phase 3. This is the phase that allows everyone to truly appreciate how much they have learned and really come together on the watch.
Company on the High Seas
Today has truly been one of the best days of the entire trip! After many days of squalls and light winds, we welcomed today’s sunshine and breezes. While the weather was gorgeous, the absolute highlight of the day occurred in the afternoon when we came within half a nautical mile of the Sea Cloud, a tall ship that was docked quite near the Cramer while in Las Palmas at the start of our voyage. The Sea Cloud is a 117 meter sail-cruise vessel currently carrying 50 passengers and 60 crew members to Bridgetown, Barbados.