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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

June 25, 2015

Discovering the wonders of the world together, and conga

Deesha Patel, A Watch, Brandeis University

A group of us looking out at dolphins from the bowsprit. Pictured left to right: Tina, Gabi, Deesha

Ship's Log

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
Spinner dolphins!

Souls on Board

Today was another beautiful day on the ship. As everyone on the ship skillfully and diligently rotated through their watches, relaxed, read, and bantered, we continued on our journey towards Lanai. I had just woken up and was getting ready for my watch when I heard the captain yell, "Molokini!" Expecting to see just another far off island, I climbed the ladder above deck to see what could possibly be so exciting about this one.  Once on deck, and couldn't believe what I was seeing. This wasn't just another island. Gliding closely, we could see tall, steep cliffs in beautiful shades of red, brown, and orange. We all stood around staring at the clarity of the water, the steepness and freedom of the towering rock in front of us. Our sense of togetherness grew as we all stood there, talking about beauty the adventures to come. Hustling through busy watches, we sometimes forget how amazing it is that we are here and get to see this world together. 

On a personal note, I did another thing today that I was scared to do: go out on the bowsprit. We had just taken down a sail, and the chief mate, Scott, told us to go out and furl it. Being afraid of heights, I decided to step back, but Scott noticed and urged me to go out, assuring my safety. After a few snarky, nervous comments on my part, I clipped in to the safety tether and got out on the bowsprit. I was nervous at first, but soon became calm. I realized I loved it out there. I thanked Scott for pushing me to go out there because now I have a new life experience and one less fear.

Thank you again for pushing me towards new life experiences, Scott. And thank you to the whole crew and faculty for all they've driven us to learn. The day continued into class with a little friendly competition: the line chase. The line chase is a competition in which we are given a card with the name of a line, and we have to rush to where it is, tap it, and rush back so the next person on our team can go. First team to finish all of their cards wins. It was each of the three watches against each other. It was a lot of fun to see all of us cheering on our team mates while showing just how much we've learned from our short time on the ship. The last card in each deck was "conga line", and we all got to do victory conga lines around the boat! The winning team happened to be my watch, A Watch (go Alpha Watch!), followed closely by B Watch, then C Watch (yay B Watch and C Watch). 

The wonder of the day continued later when we heard the ship's favorite word: dolphins! This is the word that makes everyone drop everything without a second thought and run onto deck, looking for our adorable marine friends. As usual, we all laughed and giggled at the playful spinner dolphins. We even got to go out onto the bowsprit and watch them jump through the water below us!

Overall, it was an exciting day, and I can't wait to see what comes next!

Also, Happy birthday to my little sister, Reesha! I hope you had a great day, nani. Can't wait to see you when I get back!

- Deesha


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