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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

June 12, 2014

C253 Web Blog - 12 June 2014

Matt Edinger, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


C Watch goes aloft on the foremast (Photo Credit: Maia with Dan’s camera)

Ship's Log

42° 14.9’’ N x 44° 05.1’’ W
Course Ordered
8 knots
slight overcast

Today began interestingly during the early hours of last night. A lot of sail handling occurred at the watch turnover of 2300, which included striking the main sail and passing the fore and main staysails. Both B and C watch joined forces to accomplish this task, and everyone put to good use all the line handling they have learned up to this point. The rest of the morning was a bit rocky for those folks trying to sleep, and many junior sailors have taken to different ways of preventing this rack rolling. One such method is called the “Taco” or “Tack” where by a sailor wedges most of their clothes and personal belongings under one side of the mattress to more firmly wedge themselves in place while catching some “Z’s”. Another popular tactic is the “Pendulum” where by your torso is wedged between the sides of your rack by your belongings quite firmly, but your legs are free to swing about as they wish. Many other examples can be found throughout the ship and vary from crew member to crew member.

I spent the afternoon watch partially in lab and finished up on deck. I like to stay busy and will move about to wherever work needs to be done. But today was an easy watch because thanks to the weather the crew had little to do between the hours of 1300 and 1900. The boat just sailed right along, maintaining the same speed even as we took down some sails to give them a rest. In addition to the pod of dolphins that seems to have mistaken the Cramer for their mother and follows her everywhere like ducklings, a turtle was spotted along with the white caps, a rare sighting on this cruise.

Joining SEA Semester has been one of the best decisions of my life. In addition to the adventure, I have learned so much in the past weeks and gained so many new friends.  Each person has taught me something different about the world, and about myself.  Tomorrow I get to work in the galley with the steward and am super excited because I love cooking. A quick shout out to all my friends and family, I miss you so much and am bursting with stories to tell you. See you all for Mum’s Birthday.

- Matt

Shout Outs:
Liz Carter says that she loves all of her specific persons and hope they are giving lots of love to her dog
Will Wild says “Hi, Ed!”
Lily says to Jordan “we are getting some of that wild weather you wished me, and I will have no lack of stories to tell”

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