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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 15, 2014

C254 Blog 15 July 2014

Stephen Brennan, Bridgewater State University


SEA Professor Dan Brayton and C-254 students study traditional small craft at the Port Rhu Maritime Museum, Douarnenez, France.

Ship's Log

47° 19.7’N x 9° 20.4’ W
2.1 kts
Light Winds SWxW

Good Morning to all back home! Stephen here, reporting on the Corwith Cramer’s daily functions. We are currently.SAILING! After motor-sailing for the last couple of days since leaving Douarnenez, everyone was getting anxious to get back under sail. The winds are finally coming at us from the west allowing us to set the Four Lowers and the JT as the sun shines over the Bay of Biscay. This morning, while I was on dawn watch, dolphins protruded out of the water around us! The fascinating creatures cruised ahead of us, exciting the crew and students alike to see such fauna in the pre-dawn moonlight. The Bay of Biscay has been relatively calm for us, though the clouds thickened yesterday and made visibility poor over a few miles away. We have been rewarded this afternoon as the sun is bright, the skies mostly clear and blue. We are currently sailing south/south west towards the heading of Finisterre, which is a prominent cape on the northern Spanish coastline. Right now, we still have the majority of the mouth of the Bay of Biscay to cross, sailing over the Biscay Abyssal Plain with the depths below us reaching over 4000meters.

Since we were not under sail for the last few days, the crew has been going over our sailing skills when on watch, in between regular boat checks. The lovely days in port certainly pulled our attentions away from the sea for a moment, but we are all back in the routine of watches now and everyone is eager to sail again. The crew has had us drill on setting and striking the staysails, practicing our line handlings. Hoping that we can continue to get those commands and other necessary skills under our belt by the time we arrive in Lisbon, Portugal. I know for myself, that it has been a lot of work, but every chance I get to learn about the sailing operations has been an awesome experience. I’m sure the rest of the students would agree with me in being excited to do and learn more as the voyage continues.

I would like to say a quick shout out to my Mom, Dad, Cate & Sarah back home in Massachusetts! Thank you all for your support, hope you are all doing well! Love you!

- Stephen

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Historic Seaports of Western Europe, • Topics: c254  sailing • (0) Comments


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