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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
November 15, 2020
C-294 Over and Out
024° 04.9’ N x 082° 36.2 W
Ship’s Heading, Speed and sail plan
Motorsailing towards Key West, FL under the four lowers and the JT.
ExN winds force 5, 27°C, starry and clear
… And to remember these times and minds, we have created a list of the 35 things we will miss the most for the 34 people and the ship we are leaving behind:
1. Being woken up on the other side of your bunk and knowing we’ve just gybed, but eventually being lulled back to sleep by Cramer’s rolling.
2. Constant movement (never knowing when you’re going to slam into a pole or a person) whether it be from the swells and sailing or our 18-hour days.
3. Being told to “foulie up” and dancing in the squalls on deck.
4. The white noise of the main engine.
5. Never quite being alone.
6. (“Accidentally”) Falling asleep on the elephant table to the laughter and singing from the quarterdeck.
7. Stargazing on the quarterdeck and DMCs (deep, meaningful conversations).
8. Starting to sing a song and immediately being joined by others.
9. Hearing “Hands to set the main” and then seeing the entire ship’s company appear on the science deck.
10. Walking laps around the deck trying to find someone only to realize they were a step behind, looking for you too.
11. Ten-can diving into someone’s smelly bunk at 0530 looking for pineapple soaked in passionfruit juice.
12. Singing at the sunrise at the tail-end of dawn watch.
13. Walking into the galley and never knowing what movie scene you’re entering.
14. Having a friend up no matter what hour.
15. Being woken up with “Good morning, princess” and then receiving a weather report and an outfit recommendation.
16. Group rollcalls.
17. Consistently eating every three hours every day.
18. Laying on the bowsprit with well furled JT and jib sails as a mattress underneath you.
19. Repeating everything back and not being accused of being obnoxious (I promise, Mom, if I repeat you at home, I’m not being fresh).
20. Throwing slop over the side of the boat when we are more than 12NM from land.
21. Asking Christine if we may deploy ourselves off the side with the science gear.
22. Screaming into the void on lookout.
23. Realizing Cramer steers herself better than you do (pro-tip: always let go of the wheel, Helm can steer herself).
24. Getting a “gold star” from Cap *thumbs-up.*
25. The satisfaction of finally catching Sargassum in a dipnet and seeing Jeff act like a little kid in a candy shop.
26. Finally climbing into your bunk after a long watch, closing the curtains, and passing out.
27. Changing horizontally.
28. Three points of contact, especially in the showers (a tripod is always more stable than a bipod).
29. Showing off your dish-duty raisin hands.
30. Fire-line Field Day dance parties.
31. Run Walking with haste to the bowsprit as soon as Cap announces a swim-call.
32. The sensation of being completely surrounded by water and not having seen land for a week.
33. The last “make fast” after having set the four lowers and JT.
34. Us, delirious
Writing haikus on dawn watch
Never making sense.
35. The sense of belonging built from the unity and community of our ship’s full company.
As we write this on our last night underway, we are also preparing to burst our C294 bubble. This list of 35 does not begin to capture all of the memories and minds we have made and shared. We feel nothing but gratitude to have been able to escape the trappings of normal life for but a brief six weeks. To quote our good friend Aidan, “not to get too deep but,” we are grateful to have been trapped on this 133-foot, two-masted, nine-sailed, double-generatored, 3-headed, 2-showered, six-cabined, one-communitied brigantine we can now call home.
- Nora and Becca