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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 30, 2019

Land Ho!

Rebecca Alisandratos, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College


Above: Students looking at dolphins who came to say hello! Below: Cody, Valeriia, Rebecca, Jemma, and Ciara after swim call (top, then from left to right); Swim call! Students enjoying the warm Caribbean waters.

Ship's Log

12o33’N, 61o47’W

3 knots

Sail Plan
4 lowers with a single reef on the main and motoring

28.1˚ C, mostly clear skies, force 2 winds from the E

1 ft. seas


Souls on board

Hello! I am Rebecca Alisandratos, a senior studying Environmental Science at Hunter College in New York City. I was originally supposed to write my post near the end of our journey, but here I am instead! Surprise!! I’m glad I get to write about today because it has been so lovely from beginning to end. I am part of C Watch, which had morning watch today from 0700 to 1300. We first had breakfast at 0620, then were greeted by a beautiful sunrise and calm waters when we went up on deck to relieve the previous watch group. The most surprising thing we saw upon stepping onto the deck was land! Grenada’s outline was present in the distance, along with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. We are on track to arrive at our first port stop tomorrow.

I was on deck duty during this watch, which means I rotated hourly between lookout, helm, weather, and boat checks. While on lookout, I was pleasantly surprised by a pod of dolphins swimming around the bow of the ship. As an aspiring marine mammologist, the sight of dolphins put the biggest smile on my face. What a way to start the day! As if dolphins weren’t enough, we also witnessed a wonderful rainbow during our morning watch. The light drizzle before the rainbow appeared was definitely worth it! Since there haven’t been very strong winds recently, we have been motoring at 1000 rpm (revolutions per minute) in order to get to Grenada on time. Now that we are getting close to our destination, we have decided to switch back to just sailing with the minimal winds we do have.

In order to make this switch, we performed a gybe during our morning watch, which involves steering the ship’s stern into the wind and changing the positions of our sails. The rest of watch proceeded as normal: I performed several boat checks (which have been explained in previous posts), steered at the helm a few times, and worked on some skills, including knot tying and boxing the compass. Boxing the compass involves reciting all the cardinal directions out loud (there are many more than just North, South, East, and West - 32 total in fact!).

After our watch was over, we had some delicious pesto pasta with Italian sausage and vegetables. Then, C and B Watches had some free time while A was on duty. During this time people were journaling, reading, or making bracelets. While I played ukulele, several of us got together to sing “I’m Yours,” ABBA classics, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and more! Our jam session ended at 1430 as it was time for class. Ben (our Marine
Environmental History professor) gave us a crash course on Grenada’s history so that we are all prepared for our first stop. As we sat on the quarter deck for this lecture, Captain Greg spotted a whale blowing in the distance, but he didn’t tell us until afterwards because he didn’t want to interrupt Ben’s wonderful lesson. Although this may have resulted in some negative emotions, our spirits were quickly heightened at the mention
of a swim call. Captain Greg announced that we were going to heave to (which meant stop the ship as much as we could) and proceed to swim in the water for 30 minutes! We were all thrilled to be able to jump into the inviting water that has been surrounding us. Better yet, we were able to jump off the head rigging at the front of the ship! It was truly a dream come true.

Although so much had happened, the day was not over yet! After swimming, we had a delicious fruit cocktail snack. We continued our free time with some more reading, journaling, and data organization, and then it started to drizzle again. As the day was ending, we were greeted by a double rainbow, a beautiful sunset, and more dolphins! Today was a thoroughly magical day. Every day at sea seems better than the day before and I am loving it! As much as I love the ocean and being surrounded by it, I am excited to stop in Grenada very soon and explore.

P.S. Special hello to my friends, boyfriend, and family that are reading this! Love you all and miss you loads. I am having a blast and can’t wait to tell you more when Christmas time comes around!!

- Rebecca Alisandratos, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c289  study abroad  port stops • (1) 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 Prof. Matt on December 03, 2019

Welcome back to land, Cramers! I hope you had a good passage. Just to put your world in context: it snowed like mad this morning—a really greasy snow that slowed my travel to this week’s council meeting.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to joining you in Montserrat. Stay good to each other.




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