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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
May 09, 2021
38° 48.8’ N 75° 06.2’ W
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Wind NWxW force 3, seas NW 1 ft. Anchored with 3 shots on port anchor and no sails set.
Description of location
Harbor of Refuge at Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Bay.
This weekend we got to spend some time ashore at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware which was fun, relaxing, and totally awesome.
Everyone had an opportunity to sign up to go ashore either Saturday or Sunday and then the class was split into two groups≈port and starboard≈depending on what day you signed up for. Both days were a mix of cloud and sun for the most part (although we got a good hailstorm Saturday afternoon with strong gusts of wind and lightning) with a brisk breeze and some choppy surf. We got to shore by taking the small boat which is basically a raft with a motor. It was a chilly and bumpy (yet also fun!) 20-minute ride across the waves that took us around a break wall lined with hundreds of cormorants, a cute red lighthouse, and finally to the shallow water just before the beach where we could wade to shore with all our gear. From there it was a short walk to a big open pavilion where we home-based ourselves.
Cape Henlopen was beautiful! In addition to beaches with crashing waves and scattered shells there were also paths winding though rolling dunes covered by grasses, trees, and even some small cactuses. I have to say it was really nice to see so much greenery again! I really missed the smell of pine and being under the trees. It was also cool to see so much in bloom because last time we were onshore this far north it was still early spring, and things were only just starting to wake up.
People spent their day onshore very differently as far as I could tell. Some (like me) spent most of their time wandering the sandy paths and hills through shady groves of pitch pine and beach plum. Others spent their day adventuring up and down the beach, checking out the horseshoe crabs and exploring some of the old World War II bunkers and forts that are slowly being reclaimed by the sand. Some played sharks and minnows along the water (and I hear learned to triple jump??) and others just found a quiet place to snooze or read or write. Some wandered so far that they got lost and others never left sight of the pavilion. Some ran. Some swam. Some climbed trees and some drew trees. No matter what everyone did though, I think we all had a great time.
Back on the ship, things were still running smoothly≈albeit a little differently than usual. We were split into our port and starboard groups rather than our usual watch groups which meant we got to spend time with people from other watches which was cool and not something we always have the opportunity to do. Because we're anchored, we do anchor watches instead of regular watches, which usually requires you to stand watch for 2 instead of 6 hours. During that time you usually do boat checks, hourly weather logs, and half hour anchor checks. It was nice to have a short watch and then the rest of the day to catch up on work or sleep (or in my case laundry).
Overall it was a great weekend filled with a nice combination of adventure and relaxation. Looking forward to getting underway again tomorrow!
Also, Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there (especially to mine <3)! We love you!
- Kass Wojcik, A-Watch, Bryn Mawr College