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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
August 14, 2015
Checking the Rig
37° 41.1’ N / 000° 51.3’ E
Approximately 75 miles S.W. of Isla Formentera
Clear skies, 15 knots of westerly breeze
Sailing nicely under all squares, stays’l, and Mains’l
From astride the lee yardarm I can see:
Deepest blue streaked with foam beneath my toes
Reaching with each roll as though the water knows
I’ve crossed the edge of safe security.
I came out here to put my hands on gear
Which lives and works always beyond that bound
Stretching out course and tops’l—raffee crowned
The bits that reach for sky, the rig’s frontier.
We need each other—Cramer-boat and I—
She cherishes those whose hands tend to her;
Our Home and Work between the sea and sky.
May this daily rig check remind me why
The ship comes first, then shipmates—I come third:
She stretches herself farther out than I.