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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
May 15, 2019
A Shift in Fortunes
40°08.81’ N x 72°01.11’W
Course & Speed
020°, 5.3 knots
Sailing under jib, stays’ls, mains’l, and tops’l
Clear skies; Winds SWxS Force 3; Seas 3 feet
A sailor’s life and livelihood are inextricably tied to the weather; the winds and waves can make or break a voyage. From the very moment we set foot upon the deck of the Cramer, that fact has been apparent. The first three days of our trip were marked by an unbroken layer of gloomy clouds and intermittent rain; my time spent as lookout at the bow of the boat during the evening shift (1900 to 0100) was dark, cold, and wet, and it was with relief that I received the order to stand down and get some rest.
This morning, however, our fortunes changed; the sun shone brightly across a calm blue sea and only a few clouds dotted the horizon. The winds were high and at our backs, and for much of the day we flew along at over 8 knots. This was sailing as I’d always imagined it. The change in weather served to lift all of our spirits – the mood on deck was lively and convivial, and a few chance sightings of sea creatures (a shark, a whale’s spout, several large sunfish) improved our moods even more. Personally, I found myself relishing my time on watch, both at the helm and the bow. Last night my boat checks, wherein one crewperson takes a survey of the conditions of the ship as a whole, including the areas below decks, were an excuse to get out of the rain; today I looked forward to their completion and the opportunity to get back outside. Fortunately, the fair weather appears to be holding, and as the sun sets we are all excitedly anticipating a good night’s sleep and the chance to get back out on deck tomorrow.
- Colin Jones, C Watch, Colgate University