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SEA Currents: Nov 2016


November 03, 2016

Fleece Nugget Has the Con

Tehani Louis-Perkins, B Watch, Whitman College

SPICE

On October 28th 2016 we started doing JWO (Junior Watch Officer) and JLO (Junior Lab Officer) which was honestly pretty terrifying but it was also an amazing opportunity because honestly in the world of sailing when will you ever have complete control of the deck. A few days ago I was given the opportunity to take the con and call the shots. Right off the back I was ordered to set the tops’l, one of my favorite sails, to hopefully allow us to get more wind.


November 03, 2016

Savoring the Moments

Sarah Holter, American University

The Global Ocean: Europe

Have you ever been so excited you felt sick? That is what life is often like on the Corwith Cramer. Every single day, watch, hour is filled with something new and exciting. Why you ask? Is it because we are on a tall ship sailing through the Mediterranean and the Atlantic? Is it because we are learning to sail that tall ship through the Mediterranean and the Atlantic? Is it because we are sailing and doing science through the Mediterranean and the Atlantic?


November 02, 2016

And the Stormy Winds May Blow

Nolan Fromm, B Watch, Colorado College

SPICE

It wasn’t long ago that Ben-gineer told us to savor our last few tastes of the tropical weather as we keep sailing south. Soon, he warned, the sweet relief from the sweltering heat of Suva would turn to shivers, and the constant hum of bunk fans would be replaced by the rattle of radiators and the chattering of the helmsman’s teeth. It’s still spring as far as the Kiwis are concerned, and today we got our first real feel for what that’s going to mean for us as we get closer to New Zealand.


November 02, 2016

Ship, Shipmate, Self

Persis Ticknor-Swanson, Barnard College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Ship, shipmate, self. This short phrase was seared into my mind at the beginning of this trip but I have only just noticed how it has slowly seeped and soaked into all aspects of my life onboard the Corwith Cramer. It is the guiding principle of ship life and it has many layers of meaning to those who experience it. Simply, it means you put the ship first, shipmates second, and yourself third. It is meant to emphasize safety and create a common goal. As a sailor, your primary duty is to take care of the ship. If she is not functioning right or well, it affects everyone onboard in both small and large ways.


November 01, 2016

Finding another home

Savanna Michener, C Watch, Drexel University

SPICE

We are now less than 500 nautical miles from our final destination in Auckland, New Zealand and I’m starting to feel a little weird about it. There are so many things to be looking forward to back on land, but it is becoming very apparent at just how well we’ve settled into life on board: Mama Seamans has become another home. Coming in not knowing a thing about how to actually sail a boat, I never thought I would get this far in five weeks.


November 01, 2016

J-Wo/J-Lo Phase Begins

Meredith Gano, Kenyon College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Today is the first day of November, and lots of things are happening here aboard the Corwith Cramer. We have started our J-LO/ J-WO phase of the program. You may be surprised to learn that this is not a phase for the appreciation of actress, singer, superstar Jennifer Lopez, but rather stands for Junior Lab Officer/ Junior Watch Officer. What this means is that the student assigned to the task of either J-WO or J-LO during watch is responsible for much of the operation of the ship.


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