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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 23, 2014

Fair Seas

Doug Licitra, Saint Joe’s University


Fin whales seen from quarterdeck of Corwith Cramer, west of Portugal.

Ship's Log

40° 33.334’N x 011° 48.546’ W

Hey everyone,
Doug here reporting in from the seas off the coast of Portugal. Since we had very favorable winds so far on this leg of the voyage, we are a bit ahead of schedule. So instead of arriving in Lisbon early and freaking out our Portuguese friends, we are simply sailing to sail. Currently, we are sailing under the main, the mainsail, the foresail, and the jib. The extra time gives us the opportunity to work on our second papers (which are due upon arrival in Lisbon) and improve our sailing practices.

Speaking of improving our sailing practices, yesterday we had a deck practical. It was a short, hands-on test to see whether we know some of the basics of sailing. The practical included having to tie a few specific knots, knowing the names of the different parts of the sails, and explaining the procedure involved in “gybing”. Before the practical, everyone was doing some last minute studying but Capt. Elliot surprised us when he announced that we would be having an open swim. For those of you not on the ship, you may not realize how big of a deal this was. We have been annoying Elliot all trip with questions of when we could go swimming, and it finally happened! The daring among us went to the end of the bowsprit and leapt into the open Portuguese waters. It was an awesome time and the perfect way to relax everyone’s nerves before the practical.

Later that night during sunset, I found some free time during sunset to climb aloft. Laura also joined me. Although it was not my first time going aloft, it was exhilarating as ever. Laura and I were hoping to see some whales, so once we made it to the top of the mast we did our best “whale calls”. They must have been spot on because right away whales surfaced not far away. There were a few whales, probably fin whales, but possibly blue whales.  We are all looking forward to arriving in Lisbon on Friday morning.

Hi mom, dad, grandma, Sonny, and Brooke. Miss everyone! Can’‘t wait to get back home but having the time of my life on this trip!

Until next time,

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Historic Seaports of Western Europe, • Topics: c254  megafauna  sailing • (0) Comments
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