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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

October 21, 2017

Heading to the Gulf Stream

Chuck Lea, Chief Scientist

Ocean Exploration

The crew of C-275

Ship's Log

Noon position
39° 8.5’N x 70° 18.5’W

Heading / Speed
Heading about 160° with almost 8 knots when motoring

Wind light from north and the skies are clear

Souls on Board

The staff has been working hard for days to get ready for the students of class C-275, It is the nature of the program that the information is poured-on at the start, but now we are turning talk into action and sailing away. Last night we made a swift passage across the continental shelf and so we were able to take our first deep-water hydrocast station this morning in the temperate slope water. We will set the meter net and look to begin the pteropod project. This afternoon the neuston net yielded a treasure of Sargassum with a variety of exotic associated fauna. The science is well begun and I am thrilled.

Most of the day we sailed along nicely as our course brings the Gulf Stream closer. It is an important boundary and the entryway into the Sargasso Sea. We had our first class today where we learned about how class is conducted on the open quarterdeck of a sailing school vessel  and then we went forward to the ‘science deck’ where we watched the set up for the neuston tow. The students are in pretty good shape for this early in the voyage, the calm seas no doubt contributed towards that, but we are all happy about it.

After class we had snack brownie cakes to celebrate two birthdays today (mine and Lydia the 3rd mate). Science and sailing in fine weather, what a wonderful way to celebrate! 

- Chuck

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