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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 24, 2016

Exam Day

Anna von Brandis, A Watch, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Oceans & Climate

High aloft

Ship's Log

Current Position
20° 04.8’N x 30° 33.9’W

Ship’s Heading
244° True, Speed: 5.9kts

Sail Plan
Mainstays’l, D-s’l

Showers, winds SxW 3 Bft.

Souls on Board

Can a day end any better than by sitting on the spreaders, watching flying fish and enjoying the endless blue? After two days and nights with squalls and lightning, the sun finally found her way back to us! The wind is blowing constantly but from the wrong direction for us, so we spend another day motor-sailing. Strategies of how to get the wind to be more cooperative are frequently discussed - so far without success. As a sailor from the Baltic Sea, I am used to tacking a lot and frequently getting the wind on the nose…but I wasn’t expecting to have this problem in the tropics!

However, we had a wonderful time shooting the sun during morning watch today, getting an LAN and discovering the secrets of the engine room. During class in the afternoon, we got the opportunity to show all the knowledge about the lab that we have gained during the last 12 days. The set-up of this exam was quite special: The questions were distributed through the ship as an academic scavenger hunt with a motivation of m&m’s in the end and the ship’s horn as timer. Besides this, the first day of the Shadow Phase contained new challenges for everyone: How do I distribute tasks to get the CTD on board, meanwhile get the ship going again and shoot an LAN? Our coordination abilities are growing as well as our understanding of the processes in the lab and on deck. Language skills are growing, too, both my English skills and A Watch's German skills! “Schlauch” is still the favorite one, followed by “Glühwein”, “Segeln macht blöd” and last but not least “Das macht Spaß!”

Being used to switching languages:
HalliHallo an alle an Land!!
Mir geht’s hier bombastisch gut, trotz Schlafmangel, täglicher Maschinenraum-Sauna und definitiv irre viel zu tun neben der üblichen Wachroutine. An Biolumineszenz kann ich mich immer noch nicht satt sehen – vor allem nicht an grün leuchtenden Delphinen oder fliegenden Fischen. Die Gewitter in den letzten Tagen waren spannend, das Essen ist grandiose, die Leute inspirierend!

An meine Thorler: Der Belegplan der Cramer ist ein Genuss, Segel-Handeling mit Minimalbesetzung absolut entspannt und sie steuert sich von allein. Das Einzige, was ich vermisse, ist Musik in der Kombüse und Segel Packen in den Rahen!

An meine PdEler: Mit physikalischer Ozeanographie habe ich hier eher wenig zu tun, ich bewege mich auf fremdem Terrain – Biologie. Dafür haben wir eine Challenge, wer die spannendesten Wolken sieht – meine Highlights waren bislang Kelvin-Helmholtz-Wolken und eine perfekte Halo um den (fast) vollen Mond.

Mit etwas Glück dreht der Wind heute Nacht und wir können wieder segeln!

Ganz viele liebe Grüße von der Cramer,

- Anna

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c270  science  celestial navigation • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Jim Bowen on November 28, 2016

Thanks for another great description!  :-D



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