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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
October 01, 2016
First day at sea!
41° 10.51’ N x 002°15.80’E
South of Barcelona, Spain
SE waves 2ft high, overcast
Staysails, Jib and Main sail
Today was a busy and exciting day for everyone on board. We left Port Vell in Barcelona this morning and set sail to Mallorca. It was an early start for us to get the boat ready, but soon enough we were underway! Our classes and crew had already been split into three watch groups (A, B, and C). Each watch is made up of five students, one mate, one sailing intern, and one scientist. Starting today, each watch group is on for six hours and off for 12 hours. Watch groups are responsible for most of the ships activity while underway. This includes science sampling or processing, adjusting sails, steering, dishwashing and performing regular boat checks.
The engine took us most of the way out of port in Barcelona, but soon all watches were working to get sails up. Things calmed down once the sails were up, but the waves picked up as we got further from shore. A lot of us started getting sea sick, myself included, but the staff was incredibly prepared for that. We spent most of the morning staying hydrated, eating saltines and staring off at the horizon. I even tried humming because someone said it might help. I’m not sure if it actually helped anything, but it did let me get my mind off of the nausea for a while.
After lunch, we gathered on deck for our first class meeting. We had our first man overboard drill at sea and then we watched a demonstration for the proper deployment of the neuston net, a piece of scientific equipment we will tow twice a day, near noon and midnight.
Things have definitely quieted down around here in the last few hours. The waves are much gentler and we can just barely see the Barcelona coastline in the distance. After dinner, I’ll take up watch duties with A watch until 0100. Until then, I’ll probably just take a nap and try to get some schoolwork done.
While moving around at sea is taking a while for me to adjust to, we are all looking forward the next few days of sailing before we hit Mallorca!