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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

June 08, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 08 June 2014

Beckett Colson


The mains’l, mainstays’l, forestays’l, and tops’l on a particularly beautiful day.

Ship's Log

41° 55.2’’N x 055° 26.4’‘W
Course Ordered
5.5 kts
13°C and drizzly

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a week since we all first stepped on the Cramer. In some ways it feels like it has been far more than a week, given the challenges of adjusting to the watch schedule, seasickness, and learning a new language and new skills. But things have started to fall into a rhythm on the boat. Pretty much everyone has overcome their seasickness either through time or “better living through chemistry.”

We’‘ve weathered our first low pressure system and most of us have gotten better sea legs. (Or people, like me, have figured out how to fall more strategically - I’’ve become known for spontaneously sitting when I’‘m about to fall.) The watch schedule is starting to feel more normal as well. My activities generally cycle through standing watch, eating, and sleeping, with some academic work and chill time squeezed into free minutes. It’s busy, but I’m learning much more than I ever could in a classroom. All in all, Cramer is starting to feel like a place I can call home for the next few weeks.

On another note, today was field day. It wasn’‘t your typical middle school field day either. Instead of playing capture the flag and kicking around a soccer ball, today we waged war against the mung. Mung, the devilish detritus that collects in corners and escapes cursory cleanings, tends to multiply when left unwatched, so once a week the entire boat gets a thorough mung extermination. Wielding sponges, repurposed yogurt cups filled with envirox, toothbrushes and designated mung knives we got to work scrubbing the Cramer. We played music and cheered ourselves on with the battle cry, “Defeat the mung!” The camaraderie from our fellow shipmates made the work feel like fun – which may seem like an oxymoron, but it’s not. It may be something you have to experience to fully understand though. Our captain explained the main motivation for a thorough cleaning of the ship with, “A clean ship is safe ship and a safe ship is a happy ship and a happy ship makes a happy crew.”


PS: Hi family! I love you! I am doing well – eating my vegetables, sleeping, brushing my teeth, etc. I am thoroughly enjoying sailing comfortably in the biggest waves I’‘ve ever seen and in steady brisk breeze. The difference between 26 feet and 134 is huge! I hope you are all doing well as well.

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