SEA Currents: Jun 2014
June 16, 2014
It’s hard to believe we are more than halfway through our journey! Looking at the boat’s position on the chart in the center of the world’s second biggest ocean hasn’t quite set in, and I suspect it won’t until I set foot in on another continent. We are already leaving the West Atlantic Basin and about to enter into the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Zone within the next day or two! Life on board continues to be a cycle of new experiences- some watches are tiring, but then just when we start to feel a little down, we get an extraordinary sunset or a pod of dolphins appears beside the boat to lift the mood back up.
June 15, 2014
Hello Family and Friends of Aloha ‘Aina – a collaborative study abroad program with Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and Sea Education Association (SEA).
After a brief, yet influential and important week of classes at Hawaii Loa campus on the island of Oahu the students have now started to explore the islands of Maui and Lanai. As we did on Oahu, the students are experiencing and learning about the history, culture, traditional practice and science of the Hawaiian Islands and wrestling with complex issues of conservation and resource management in an era of multiple stakeholders and competing, economic and cultural incentives.
June 15, 2014
These are the voyages of the science ship Corwith Cramer; her mission: to explore new depths of the North Atlantic, and act as an ambassador on the high seas.
Today was another rousing Field Day aboard the Cramer! Our weather at dawn was a bit dark and damp, but with calming seas and less rain than late, and by afternoon watch and class time at 1600, the cloud layers had lifted into puffy cumulous clouds, the seas calmed to a nice lapping swell, and the sun came out.
June 14, 2014
Life on board the Cramer has been an experience that I am so happy that I have been able to participate in. Being in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with 34 other people, who are truly intriguing and inspiring is something that I will remember for the rest of my life. So far, my watch officers have helped me through a lot of unusual issues on this ship and I appreciate all their help and the help of all other watch officers as well. Starting tomorrow, we will be switching watch officers, so that will be a good way to experience new teaching techniques and get to know people on board better.
June 13, 2014
What an interesting few days it has been. The weather got kind of rough last night so mid watch from 2300 until 0300 wasn’t allowed on deck. Three other watch mates and myself were in the lab writing down hourlies, conducting boat checks and engine room checks while the other three members were in the dog house filling in the log book, plotting on the chart, hourly weather, helping with boat checks and trying to feel better. Gabby was doing an excellent job of keeping everyone on task as she ran back and forth from the dog house to the lab.
June 12, 2014
Today began interestingly during the early hours of last night. A lot of sail handling occurred at the watch turnover of 2300, which included striking the main sail and passing the fore and main staysails. Both B and C watch joined forces to accomplish this task, and everyone put to good use all the line handling they have learned up to this point. The rest of the morning was a bit rocky for those folks trying to sleep, and many junior sailors have taken to different ways of preventing this rack rolling.
June 11, 2014
So we have been at sea for a little over a week now and we are slowly getting more and more responsibilities (for better or for worse). Yesterday instead of class, we did the line chase. Meaning we split up into our watches and in relay form each person was given a line one at a time that they had to go find. A watch (consisting of me, Mo, Jackie, Hunter, Anna, Ben, Beckett, David, and Arianne) won the line chase but it was a good race and everyone did a phenomenal job. Supposedly, this means that we actually know all the lines on the boat now (although maybe we arent quite there yet).
June 10, 2014
It is incredible to stop and think that I am sitting in a sailing vessel tracking across the Atlantic. This isn’t only an experience anymore, but a way of life. Living at sea gets better and better as waking up for dawn watch becomes an occasion to look forward to, and our steward Sayzie somehow makes every meal better than the last. Cramer is really starting to become home.
June 09, 2014
June 8th at approximately 2200: I was on cloud 9, singing to myself (as we all usual do) when assigned forward watch at night cause uhh hello? Who doesn’t love hanging with some dolphins creating trails of bioluminescence, on the bow of a sailboat with a starlit sky overhead. So unbelievably cool. But today, aye caramba. Today started out a bit more chaotic than expected. Let’s face it, waking up to a siren for an alarm is never ideal and not knowing whether it’s a drill or real life on a boat you’ve been on for approximately a week and a day is even worse.
June 08, 2014
Its hard to believe that it has already been a week since we all first stepped on the Cramer. In some ways it feels like it has been far more than a week, given the challenges of adjusting to the watch schedule, seasickness, and learning a new language and new skills. But things have started to fall into a rhythm on the boat. Pretty much everyone has overcome their seasickness either through time or better living through chemistry.