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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 20, 2017

Getting our SEA legs

Kata Rolf, Labhand, C259 Alumna

SEA Semester

Our first sail plan!

Ship's Log

26° 17.7’ N x 078° 36.6’ W

265° PSC

4 knots

Weather / Wind
Partly cloudy with SExE Wind 10-15 knots

Description of location
South of Grand Bahama Island

Souls on Board

Hello dedicated blog readers,

It has been a little over twenty four hours since we got underway, and what an exciting time it has been! We’ve set and struck sails, experienced at least three of the ship’s ranges of motion, felt queasy, taken more anti-seasickness medication, deployed our first Neuston tow, and made it through the first of what will be many watches to come.

The students are all enthusiastic and eager to experience everything that the ship has to offer, from cleaning dishes in the galley to watching dolphins interrupt yet another afternoon class. This is not my first time on the ship, but it is my first time not standing a watch. I have become what they call an “other” (someone who does not have a rigid schedule the way most other people on board do), and I find myself thinking more so on this trip than past adventures about what it was like to experience everything for the first time.

It’s not quite possible to wade slowly into sailing. There’s a steep learning curve, though luckily most of the professional crew love passing down any piece of knowledge they can in order to help the students pick up on everything a bit more quickly. It’s strange to hear this entirely different lexicon thrown at you with little to no explanation. A few students were asking me about some of the new vocabulary last night. What is it called when you stop hauling on something? Do we call the walls the overheads and the ceiling the bulkhead, or the other way around? Why is it a galley and not a kitchen?

It will be very exciting to see how everything goes. I can’t wait to see how the students grow over the course of the next few weeks. Stay tuned formore!

All the best,

- Kata 

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: None • (2) Comments


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Brooke on April 21, 2017


First, hi! I am sorry I didn’t realize you would be out of reach… although it makes plenty sense. I love this thoughtful blog and can’t wait to read about the things you are learning.

Remember to: shine on, stay curious, ask the right questions, use evidence as you problem solve, take care of yourself, and BE.

With love,


#2. Posted by Dez on April 21, 2017

Oh my goodness, I am getting sick just reading that! I hope you all get used to the motion of the ocean and feel better!
I can’t even begin to imagine the utter amazement going through the students minds while they are on the boat. I’m sure they are asking every question possible trying to soak up as much as their brains can possibly absorb.
Have fun!



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