SEA Currents: Historic Seaports of Western Europe
July 22, 2016
Good evening family and friends. Or I guess good morning for most of you, 7-10 hours behind in the states I’m pretty sure. But then again I didn’t know it was Friday until a minute ago when I had to check for this blog entry… Anyway.
July 21, 2016
Alright, today, today, what did we do today? Let’s see… How about I start with yesterday? That’ll help me keep things straight. The rotating watch shifts have me just slightly more discombobulated than working as an overnight manager did.
July 21, 2016
At this point in our 10 day journey to Lisbon, everyone seems quite settled into life at sea. Even our daily water consumption has increased by almost 100 gallons over the last couple days, which tells us that people have been more active. The jump in water consumption is no worry since we make about 20 gallons of fresh water an hour in the sea water filtration system and actually produce a net positive amount of water each day.
July 19, 2016
Today B Watch had morning watch, which is 0700 to 1200. When we climbed up on deck the sea was as I had never seen it before, almost glassy, perfect for some water skiing. Unfortunately the Cramer can’t go that fast, especially when no wind is present. After about an hour of bobbing the wind picked up and we were going a steady 7 knots for about 45 minutes before the wind died down again. Safe to say Mother Nature is being rather indecisive at this time.
July 18, 2016
Today was, all and all, an almost perfect day for sailing. I was part of A watch which had the 0700 - 1300 shift which meant that we were able to catch the beginning of the sun rise and feel the weather turn form cool and breezy to hot and sunny. While there wasn’t too much we had to do in term of sailing, we were certainly kept busy by doing drills were we would strike and set the forestays’l multiple times so that we would get a better feel for handling sails with minimal crew help.
July 17, 2016
Today was the first full day of sailing after leaving Douarnenez and we have enjoyed a light but constant breeze from the north, with a bright and cloudless sky. C watch spotted common dolphins, who explored the wake of the ship and leapt off a couple waves on either side, and learned to take sightings with a sextant the closest first time reading being Sam’s at 6.6 miles off.
July 16, 2016
Today was a busy day from the very beginning. After breakfast we had “field day”. If you begin to envision the fun and games from grammar school you are sorely mistaken. Field day the cleaning of the ship from top to bottom. While we clean the ship, keep it tidy, and sanitize the surfaces that are constantly touched on a regular basis, field day is the time to clean EVERY surface.
July 15, 2016
For our morning program (class) time, we went and toured Plomarche, the site of an ancient farmstead and Roman ruin about a 15 minute walk from the ship. We learned about the importance of sardines to French history and culture, as well as discussed other major factors that play into that history, such as the fall of the Roman Empire. Professor Dan always brings such excitement to our lecture sessions and we can all tell he just absolutely loves history!
July 13, 2016
Our first educational day in Douarnenez began with an outstanding breakfast of Croissants and Pain au Chocolat, grapefruit, and kiwi. The class then went to the city’s famous maritime museum, Port Musée, home of some some amazing exhibits. Primarily, the maritime museum housed boats and various vessels of many different sizes and cultures, but we also got an exclusive look at a new Navigation exhibit with some rarely-seen artifacts, including a 17th century map book detailing both old world and new in striking clarity.
July 12, 2016
Today, we set foot on land after several rainy, rocky days at sea in the English Channel. Unfortunately, many of us discovered that not only were we afflicted by seasickness on the boat, but also landsickness once we stepped on land (which is more of a woozy vertigo sensation). But all of us were glad to get a chance to explore the quaint coastal town of Douarnenez relatively autonomously this afternoon.