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October 06, 2014
Day 1 in Mallorca
The moon shone a bright orange through the wisps of clouds as A Watch headed to the deck for dawn watch at 0300. We sailed straight ahead to Mallorca at course order 180º. After completing a 100-count sample with Merry and Maya that was filled with turquoise copepods and other obscure zooplankton, we walked outside to assist the deck watch. I assumed the role as a second pair of eyes beside Courtney who was on lookout. As the distance between the SSV Corwith Cramer and the coast of Mallorca decreased, it became more difficult to distinguish between city lights and smaller boats in the bay.
October 04, 2014
Day 1 at Sea
Morale was (and remains) high as we waved adios to Barcelona in the light of the rising sun. We are finally en route for the island of Mallorca off the coast of Spain and the weather could not be more perfect. The sun is shining, the temperature is mild and the seas are gently rolling as we slowly glide toward our destination. Things are slightly hectic on board as we all attempt to adjust to our new sleeping, eating, and working schedules. The crew have been wonderful in showing us the ropes (literally) of sailing and inhabiting the Corwith Cramer.
October 03, 2014
Another awesome day, but no surprise there because that is how the first week has been! We did drills all morning, which might seem boring, but it was super helpful. It is not like I was afraid, but I feel safe on the Cramer and with all of the crew. They have thought of everything that could go wrong and have come up with procedures to respond to every situation.
One of the drills was for a man overboard. My watch, A watch, is in charge of getting the rescue boat into the water.
October 02, 2014
After a breakfast of fresh fruit and yogurt, we made our way across the harbor to the headquarters of the Barcelona World Race, a race around the globe that starts and ends in Barcelona. The seven competing double-handed teams race in 60-foot boats that depart from the port on December 31st, and usually take 80-90 days to circumnavigate. The class got to learn all about the daily obstacles the teams face, from their rigorous diet to the constant battle to keep the boat as light and fast as possible. Our tour guide also explained that the race is trying to support ocean science by having the racers deploy scientific instruments as they go.
October 01, 2014
Today was awesome! We explored the working harbor of Barcelona on a boat owned by the port. Our guide, Núria Zaragoza, is the educational coordinator for Escola Europea de Short Sea Program, an organization that provides training for mariners involved in short-distance Mediterranean voyages. We saw some extraordinary ships, including an LNG Tanker and an eight-story cruise ship.
September 30, 2014
Here begins a ripping good tale! It starts with 21 students, 11 crew, and one tall ship docked in beautiful Port Vell, Barcelona. We arrived yesterday between 1400 and 1600 to meet the crew and settle into our bunks.cozy. At 1608 we assembled at the aft of Mama Cramer for crew introductions and orientation from Captain Elliot. Remember to always take care of your feet!
September 29, 2014
The Global Ocean, SEA Semester class C-255 begins!
We now have a full company onboard the Corwith Cramer in Barcelona, with 21 students familiarizing themselves with their new home. All are well and excited to begin the first Global Ocean program.
We will stay in Barcelona to work on research projects in the port for the next three days. We will depart on Saturday morning, bound for Mallorca, through the Straits of Gibraltar, Madeira and the Canary Islands, with science all along the way and lots of activities in our ports of call.
September 25, 2014
The first SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, will get underway when C-255 sets sail on Monday, September 29th. The SSV Corwith Cramer will depart Barcelona, Spain with tentative port stops in Mallorca, Cádiz, and Madeira. C-255 will end their voyage around November 8th, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
August 02, 2014
Doug here. Wow. What an amazing trip. Although I’ll hold back my sentimental rant, it is tough to not feel nostalgic as I think back on the times we’ve had over the past month. We met as strangers in Cork, Ireland (many of us never having set foot on a tall ship or any kind of sailing vessel before), and ended up 2,000 miles away in Cadiz, Spain as a cohesive sailing family.
July 30, 2014
Hello and Welcome back!
You happen to be joining us here on our last night out at sea. And what a night it has shaped up to be! There is a clear horizon unlike any we’ve seen thus far, which means that a green flash at sunset is highly likely. This is one of natures most mysterious and awe-inspiring moments and we have all been counting down the seconds until the wondrous emerald green explosion shoots across the sky like the spidery fingers of a roman candle.