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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
August 04, 2018
A “mini-mate” morning
Lat 45°23.5’N Long 069°40.0’W
Sun showers! 23°C, Southern Wind with a Beaufort Force of 4
44 nm South of Nantucket Island
At a crisp 06:20 in the morning Alondra and I awoke to the sweet chiming of the breakfast bell. As we struggled to exit our bunks, the sleep in our eyes began to fade, and with each bite of the sticky warm banana bread, we became more and more ready for the watch that was to come. At 07:00 Alondra went to the lab and I headed to the quarterdeck where I assumed my job as "mini mate." Mini mate, helps Kate, 3rd mate, call orders, assign positions, and keep watch on the sails.
Immediately after watch started, C watch, set the Main. We went from motor sailing to full-on sailing with the Mains'l, the Mainstays'l, and the Foresatys'l! Then, we happily headed below deck to scrub the soles, clean the heads, and sweep the ladders. After wiping the past day's dirt from the boat, we Gybed! We needed to Gybe in order to insert the Phytoplankton net into the ocean. Gybing is when the boat is turned away from the wind. After our gybe, we hove to, meaning we halted the boat.
Once the sample from the Phytoplankton net surfaced, Alondra and the rest of the lab team placed the organisms in a sample bottle, and preserved them in the freezer. Then we played the fun Secchi disk game; we rambunctiously screamed "SIGHT!', until surprisingly we no longer saw the Secchi disk. This piece of machinery measures water clarity and light penetration. Today we saw the Secchi disk a whole 21 meters down into the deep blue sea.
Then, we had all hands to the carousel, which retrieves water samples from various depths of the ocean. This device aids us in knowing which nutrients and chemicals lay in which different depths. For the following 30 minutes we tossed in the Neuston Tow, a surface level net, that collects crusty, jiggly, and gelatinous organisms off of the port side of Mama Cramer. Sadly, kelpy critters are not the only things that lie in the water; after the Neuston Tow, we collected buckets for microplastic sampling.
Halfway through our watch, at about 10:00, Aldin took my place as mini mate, and I headed to the bow to assume duty as the lookout (see above picture). About half an hour into staring at nothing, but the color blue, I saw a fin! At first there were 10, then there were 20, and then we spotted 30 or so common dolphins! Listening keenly for their click and clacks we watched them swim at our bow for at least 15 minutes! Big dolphins, baby dolphins, Terns, and even some flying fish joined the SEA party for a few minutes.
Slightly after, I was relieved from lookout, and C watch's watch came to a close. Alondra and I happily shuffled down the slightly cleaner ladders to our delicious lunch and future nap.
C (watch) ya soon,
- Alondra and Sarah