SEA Currents: caribbean.
Dominica, nous voila!
So here we are, in Dominica!! All day we were within sight of land, getting closer and closer to our destination. The first contact I personally had with the Caribbean was hearing marine weather reports in French, broadcast from Martinique. I really wasn’t expecting to hear familiar French after 29 days living on a tall ship in the middle of the ocean. We then met the smells of Dominica, a moist earthy tropical rain forest aroma. Shortly after, its mountains (tallest point of the Caribbean) towered before us as we crept our way into the Prince Rupert Bay.
Just a few short hours ago, we arrived with all hands on deck into Boca Chica, and with the securing of the Corwith Cramer’s dock lines to the pier we mark the end of our six-week journey that began in St. Croix, USVI, with the island’s remnants of Danish cultural markers, and continued on to the Greater Antilles in a circuit that included ports with clear vestiges of the Spanish Colonial era juxtaposed to those of a former British sugar island.
Last Day in Jamaica
Being docked in Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Jamaica for the past two days has been great. We are walking distance from pretty much all the little comforts you take for granted back home: 2 minute walk to a nice beach, a five minute walk to the city center, and a three minute walk to the 3rd best ice cream in the world!!!!!!! (according to some sources and it’s definitely made it in my top 3 favorite ice cream shops now) in a shop called “iScream” where the flavors change daily to keep you coming back for more. And we did. Every day.
Today we took one of our class field trips, all of us piling into a bus, bopping around the streets of Port Antonio and then weaving through the mountains of the rainforest until we arrived at Moore Town. Moore Town is home to the Maroons; in the history books, they are regarded as runaway slaves who ran to the hill tops and were able to establish their own community of free blacks.
Happy PI Day From Jamaica
Just a quick to note to family and friends who happen to follow our humble blog here on the Corwith Cramer. It has been an eventful day, but in many ways that is nothing new. But today we did recognize PI Day (3.14 calendar date) by having some delicious Key Lime Pie for afternoon snack. Thanks again to Tia and all her hard work in the galley.
Life in a Polygon
Historical sites visited, Salsa danced, and cigars smoked. I’d say C-264 did Cuba the right way. Since we have plenty of science to do and navigational techniques to master, we are not sailing directly to Jamaica, we are working our way through an area of the ocean that coincidentally forms a polygon on the chart.
Well, today started with some more exploration time for all of us in Cuba to hopefully find some more information about our projects. Emma, Aiden, Sophia, Taylor and I wandered the streets of Cuba in search for some local art stores that we were told about and it was followed by a success. We found some beautiful pieces of work that showed some meaningful aspects of life in Cuba but also the beauty the artistry found in this country.
¡Bienvenidos a Cuba!
Hola from Santiago de Cuba! How many people can say a pod of dolphins brought our sailboat into Cuba?! When exploring, we discovered that we are definitely the only Americans here, which makes it feel like a truly unique experience. The welcoming attitude of Cubans in Santiago for American’s is more than I expected. Once Cubans found out we are from Los Estados Unidos, they would say “We love Americans! We love Obama!” Also, we learned that President Obama is making a visit here in two weeks—just missed him!
Exploration Day in Samana
Hello friends and family! Today we had the whole day to explore Samana and work on our research projects. We started out bright and early with our usual breakfast schedule, and then we all packed our bags and got ready to go ashore for the day. Our lovely mates and scientists scheduled periodic boat runs all day when they would shuttle groups of us ashore or back to the Cramer.
Leapin’ through Samana because we wanna
Happy Leap Year, friends and family back home! Today was our second day anchored in Samana Bay, Dominican Republic. Yesterday we remained on board, however today we spent a long day out exploring this island. Our day began with a beautiful sunrise and some delicious pancakes that Maddie assisted on, followed by several tours throughout different areas of Samana. Our fantastic tour guide Wilfredo Benjamin Kelly accompanied us all day and taught us about the history of the town (we learned that the majority of the people of Samana have English last names because of the diverse cultures represented).