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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 16, 2019

Dawn Watch

Mayzie Potton and Emily Cope, B Watch, Colgate University


Rachel on forward lookout.

Ship's Log

Current Position
40°58.1’ N x 71°37.7’W

Course & Speed
030°, 6.2 knots

Sail Plan

Blue skies; partly cloudy

We were awoken by the calming voice of Giovanni Vigilante at 0030. After scrambling our way into the usual five layers of clothing, topped off by our foul weather gear and trusty harnesses, we headed up to the deck to join the rest of B watch and begin the Dawn Watch. The first two hours were dark and overcast, and it was raining on and off. The winds were variable, so our crew had to adjust the sails multiple times and ultimately

turn on the engine to help us make way. Things started to look up around 0400—we ate midrats (midshift rations found below deck), sipped hot coffee, and enjoyed the reflection of the moon on the calm sea as the skies cleared. Emily took advantage of her time doing a boat check to make coffee and bring some to Mayzie at the helm, providing much needed warmth. It wasn’t too long before we witnessed our first sunrise at sea! It was unlike any sunrise we’ve ever seen. With no land in sight, the undisturbed horizon was slowly illuminated by the glowing, pink sun. Sunny blue skies made for a happy end of watch as we approached our destination: the Block Island Wind Farm. We studied this Wind Farm in our Benton Oceanography class, so we are all very excited to witness it firsthand. At 0700, we hurried down to the main salon where our hot breakfast was waiting. 

- Mayzie Potton and Emily Cope, B Watch, Colgate University

Categories: Corwith Cramer, • Topics: None • (6) Comments


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#1. Posted by Nicole on May 18, 2019

How exciting! I’m sure the sunrise was amazing. Can’t wait to hear more about your adventure!

#2. Posted by Wendy Potton on May 18, 2019

What a beautiful experience for you all!! So incredible, I’m expecting a recreation of this trip with your mom someday Mayzie!!! I could use some education at sea

#3. Posted by Andrea Weyer on May 18, 2019

Enjoying the ability to tune in to my granddaughter’s voyage.

#4. Posted by Michael Farnum on May 20, 2019

Hey Rachel! I’m tracking your vessels current location online. I hope your having a great time learning about nautical topics. I can’t wait to see some pictures.

#5. Posted by Tom Potton on May 20, 2019

Mayzers, what an awesome adventure, and such a beautiful boat!  The sunsets and rises at sea are some of the best on the planet, as well as star gazing during the night.  The sky comes alive like no other!  I can’t wait to hear about your journey.

#6. Posted by Jody Hibpshman on May 21, 2019

It has been a blast watching our granddaughter’s and shipmates’s adventure!



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