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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
February 28, 2014
After spending about two days ashore in beautiful Antigua it is sad to say goodbye but it is good to get back to the routine of watch schedules, class, meals, etc. My time spent in Antigua was filled with exploration of Falmouth Harbor and St. Johns and much time spent at Pigeon Beach. This peaceful beach was pretty unpopulated and overlooked the harbor where many incredible yachts were anchored. Some of these boats just finishing up a 600 mile race. I met many wonderful people from places such as New Zealand, England, Brazil and more.
February 27, 2014
In Antigua, the busy season is from the beginning of January to the first week of May. Sailing races and the arrival of yachts of all sizes keep the harbors full while cruise ships bring thousands of tourists to see everything from the scenic beaches to historic sites left over from the British Colonial era. The resident population doubles, triples or quadruples in size as people from Antigua or other Caribbean islands hope to find work in the services sector of Antiguas economy. However, a combination of inflated prices and the seasonality of work make life very complicated for many Antiguans.
February 26, 2014
Today was adventure day! The wonderful crew of the Corwith Cramer cared for her while the students took a trip to the other side of the Antigua from Falmouth Harbor to the port town of St. John, where the massive cruise ships dock, and tourists are plentiful. There was a juxtaposition of deteriorating buildings with small market shops and the area immediately available to cruise ship patrons, a brick street lined with common brands such as Sunglass Hut and Timberland shoes.
February 25, 2014
We motored under staysails all night to arrive this morning at 0700 at a waypoint three miles off of the entrance to Falmouth Harbor. We had adjusted our course and speed to arrive at first light to a place so few of us have been. We stood in for the anchorage and let go the starboard hook at 0756. Ever since then we have been on anchor watches which are shorter and less strenuous than regular sea watches but are very important never the less. Anchors are funny things and they can grab hold or not as they choose.
February 24, 2014
To say this trip is anything less than extraordinary would be a huge understatement. When I think ahead to the unfortunate time when this is all over, and how I could even possibly begin to describe this experience to anyone, I cannot come up with words to express it. From day one, we wasted no time getting right into the swing of things, having to not only learn, but also get 100% acquainted with a completely newest of nautical vocabulary. However, as time went on, the daily tasks and chores, which there is no shortage of, no longer seemed like a to-do list.
February 23, 2014
Good morning everyone! A watch was just stood down from a quiet dawn watch, followed by a quick breakfast and dawn clean-up. Dawn watch is from 0300 to 0700. It is generally a fairly calm watch,
because most of the rest of the ship is asleep and there are no science deployments. The watch on duty is therefore able to focus on running the ship and completing processing in the lab. In the lab this morning, we completed a 100 count of zooplankton from the midnight Neuston tow.
February 22, 2014
I cannot believe only a week has passed since I hopped aboard one of the largest sensory overloads in which I could ever conceive of, a new world of teak, lines, sails, and science, most of which was Greek to me prior to the commencement of this voyage aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Wake up calls pierced through odd hours of day and night, commands were given in a language that I could not yet comprehend, and many new faces revealed themselves upon arrival, extending two helping hands while seeking in return both our unwavering friendship and cooperation.
February 21, 2014
Hello again from SSV Corwith Cramer,
Time passes strangely aboard the ship. Days start and end not with the rising and setting of the sun but a small voice in your ear letting you know that your watch is beginning. It adds an intensity to life not generally found on land. Where most would be planning meals and sitting down to an evening show; our delicious and most times complex meals are crafted seemingly out of thin air by the magic of the galley, and our evening show is watching the heavens rise and set allowing us to compute our position by shooting the stars.
February 20, 2014
Greetings from the Corwith Cramer! It is safe to say that this past week as been a whirlwind of information! As one intern put it, just think of throwing spaghetti against the wall, eventually some of it has to stick and pretty soon you will have a whole wall of spaghetti. My spaghetti wall is overflowing! We have come to agree that there is a whole dictionary dedicated to sailing terms. Things like striking and the jib and preparing to gybe once seemed like a daunting task, but it is now second nature.
February 19, 2014
I think the past 24 hours have adequately encapsulated the breadth of experiences on this trip thus far. Last night was characteristically gorgeous, with storm clouds illuminated by the sunset. Every day somebody proclaims to have seen the green flash, but I stare at that sun until the last sliver disappears and all I see is spots for a while, so I‘m not quite buying it. The stars then spilt across the sky and mirrored the bioluminescence on the waves breaking beneath the bow. On lookout, this was a sight to behold and belittled all Minnesotan stargazing which I had regarded so highly.