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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 16, 2019

Some booming news

Raffi Altman-Allen, C Watch, Roger Williams University

Can you find what’s wrong in this picture?

Ship's Log

Noon Position
34˚ 18.5’ S x 161˚ 48.0’ W

South Pacific Ocean

065˚ Wind: F6 SW

Souls on board

Hello friends! Raffi here from the Seamans with some booming news. While I was tucked in my bunk last night, sleeping hard after a fun, field-day filled afternoon/watch, A watch decided to go out with a bang before the end of evening watch.

Here’s the story, from Captain Jay (with details from A watch):  At 22:30, everything was well onboard the Robert C. Seamans. The intrepid Adrienne (Who has requested that her boat nickname be “anemometer”, but the jury is still out on if it’s gonna stick) was on helm, steering a broad reach (and doing a great job), when the wind shifted across the stern of the boat.

The mainsail, suddenly filled with breeze from the opposite direction than it was set up for, started to “back,” and tried to swing across the boat. There is a line rigged on the boom called the preventer, which is in place specifically to keep the boom from swinging across the deck in case of an accidental gybe, and it did its job-maybe a little too well. The forces from the wind on the sail and the preventer caused the boom to snap in half.
Everyone responded calmly to the sudden change in sail plan, and the staff worked to get the boom secured and the mainsail off, while students continued routine boat duties.

Unfortunately, Tristan’s sail repair skills (and ship building regulations) do not extend to onboard welding, so the main boom will be out of commission until Tahiti at the soonest, but we’re currently making good speed under the forestays’l and storm trys’l.

All in all, an exciting night (which I managed to sleep through), and everyone is doing well (if a little tired and seasick).

‘Til next time,

- Raffi Altman-Allen, C Watch, Roger Williams University

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: s285  study abroad  life at sea • (2) Comments


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#1. Posted by Peter Allen on April 22, 2019

Hi Raffi-
Wow, they broke the boat and you slept through it?!?! Maybe that is impressive - even in your sleep you knew that it was just the MAIN BOOM, so there was no need to get up. 

Looks like you are making good speed anyway - the latest position posting says you are doing over 8 knots.

Happy belated Passover! Did you catch any gefilte fish? I hear that a slotted spoon works well.

Love and fair winds!

#2. Posted by Jeff Tracy on April 23, 2019

I think that “Annie Mometer” is an appropriate ship name.
Better than a few of the nicknames that she had while growing up.
Perhaps it will stick.



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