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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
Last night, both C and A watch endured some scattered thunderstorms with lightening, fog and rough seas. However it cleared up around 0500, and the crew’s spirits remained high. Although we were experiencing these rough conditions, we all had fun wearing our foul weather gear, and the dolphins from our bow.
Ahoy to whom it may concern!
We awoke at 0300 for our dawn watch and witnessed a glorious, yet distant thunderstorm under a starry sky. We then witnessed a majestic sunrise under which we continued to celebrate our glorious line chase victory. The line chase is a relay where we test our knowledge of the ships lines.
Ahoy Land Lovers!
The crew of the Corwith Cramer woke up to a delicious breakfast of blueberries and breakfast sandwiches, composed of fried eggs, bacon and other toppings. In the morning, C watch took the helm from 0700-1100 after A watch’s dawn shift from 0300-0700.
The crew woke up to a delicious breakfast of hash browns, cereal, eggs, and strawberries. Soon after, most of the students began to take their watches, do chores, or take a nice nap.
Day four here on the SSV Corwith Cramer. Today we finally left anchor, and are taking on the open ocean! A relatively relaxing day here, filled with sunny skies and a gentle breeze from the south-east. After a fantastic breakfast of cheesy grits and a spread of fruit, we embarked on our daily watches and learned all about Neuston Booms with J-bear (our first scientist).
Good evening all!
After leaving the dock, the afternoon progressed nicely from stowing dock lines to retrieving the rescue boat and, after some explaining from many a person in a blue polo, we set the fore and main staysails as we motor-sailed Southeast along Marthas Vineyard.
Students currently aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer are enrolled in one of Sea Education Association’s high school summer programs, Sea Expedition. Sea Expedition is a field-based program in which students participate in every aspect of an offshore sailing and oceanographic voyage.
Sometime in the night, the engines were turned off; when I joined my fellow B-watchers on deck at 10 minutes before midnight, we were sailing! (We’ve had beautiful weather but little wind on this voyage, so this was our first watch without the engines.)
It’s Father’s Day and my anniversary – so Laura, love of my life, this is for you.
Last night, following our watch, I stood, staring at sunset, sipping spiced tea over stories of adventure. As you know, I get lost in such talk, and as expected, it was hard to say goodnight, especially when fresh conversation and inspiration washes in on the deck with the next watch.
We started the day today with a breakfast feast at 0620 and 0700 hours before mustering on deck for safety drills. We performed three safety drills with our watches before getting underway and heading east out of Vineyard Haven towards the Atlantic Ocean.