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June 13, 2016

Sailing northeast

Katie Sipple, West Chester University

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello from the Cramer!
Beautiful day for some sailing! So far our log reads that we have traveled 904.5 nm, but as you all know we still have a ways to go. It is a wonderful 25.5 °C currently and most of us are outside enjoying the nice weather while we have it! During my 13:00 to 19:00 watch today, we saw a turtle, dolphins, a baby turtle and over 200 Portuguese Man-o-Wars (Physalia physalia) in six hours.


June 12, 2016

Operation Sierra Charlie

Emma Guyot, Bowdoin College

Transatlantic Crossing

Behold, arctic tern
Bird of eternal summer
Flapping in the breeze.

(Collaborative spontaneous haiku at the sight of said bird – Morning Watch (A))

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June 11, 2016

Mama Cramer Love

Leona Waller, Colorado College

Transatlantic Crossing

Today was a big day for Mama Cramer. She got a pedicure, and manicure, and salt water scrub, and face mask. Every Saturday we show our love for our home and transportation by dedicating the afternoon to her cleanliness. It was a little nasty, but at the end of the day very satisfying.


June 10, 2016

Learning how to be a valuable crewmember

Ian Selig, Wesleyan University

Transatlantic Crossing

Another busy and exciting day here in the Atlantic! While we didn’t spot any particularly interesting wildlife today, we still had a lot of fun. To help solidify learning all the lines of the ship, there was a ‘line chase’ competition today between the three watch groups. This was a fun way to make sure we were learning the lines correctly based on how they work, rather than simply memorizing a diagram.


June 09, 2016

Aliens and Dolphins and Whales, oh my!

Katie Armstrong, Mount Holyoke College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello land dwellers!

We had quite an eventful day today! After enjoying the clear blue skies and warmer temperatures this morning, everyone was delighted that this afternoon brought a pod of orca whales (along with not-quite-so-exciting cloudy skies) close to the Cramer!

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June 08, 2016

Sunny Day and Square Sails

Molly Lapointe, Mount Holyoke College

Transatlantic Crossing

Today was a beautiful day here in the Atlantic! Weather-wise, a cold front has just passed us which brought sunny skies and beautiful sailing. Distant tropical storm Colin is giving us some pretty big swells, but now that most of us have finally overcome our seasickness, the rolling seas are enjoyable. It’s always interesting trying to plot a position or to put some food in your mouth when you’re being jolted around non-stop. but we love it!

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June 07, 2016

Scientist, Sailor, and Steward

Emma Guyot, Bowdoin College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello all!

We have mostly adjusted to life at sea by now on day 5. I’m honestly not quite sure that only 5 days have passed at this point – our journey may have barely begun, but I feel like I’ve been on this boat for far longer and enjoying every minute of it! This morning, we saw a pod of pilot whales!!! I was alerted by the cry of “marine mammals!” and intrigued, rushed safely up the ladder to gawk at the whales along with the other members of the crew.


June 06, 2016

The Sunshine of Endurance

Meg John, Goucher College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello All!
A whirlwind of activity and sharp learning curves has been keeping all of us busy. The ever constant flow of the waves has been getting to many of us these past few days but slowly and surely we are recovering. Late in the evening and early this morning we found ourselves in the midst of some strong winds and rain.

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June 05, 2016

Sailing for Science

Deb Goodwin, Chief Scientist

Transatlantic Crossing

As we mark the passage of our first full day underway, routines aboard the Corwith Cramer are becoming more familiar. Everyone knows where to find a mug for hot tea during a chilly watch, when the ever-important snack bell is going to ring, and, increasingly, how to steer the ordered course at the helm and move safely about our dynamic home while going about one’s tasks. Afternoon class brought practice furling and setting sail, as well as the opportunity to sign up for a blog authorship time slot - one person per day, the ship’s company will keep you up-to-date with our activities, challenging moments, wildlife sightings, and tales from the voyage

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June 04, 2016

Safety Training

Chris Nolan, Captain

Transatlantic Crossing

Greetings from the fog.

After a busy night of orientation and familiarization to their new home, our new student crewmembers helped stand anchor watch last night as we sat on the hook in Vineyard Sound. This morning, we continued our orientation and safety training, including practicing our responses to fire, flooding, person overboard, and preparations to abandon ship.

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