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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
February 02, 2016
Light winds over blue water
19° 04.32’N x 066° 16.575’ W
Weather / Wind
Bright and sunny, no clouds, winds at 2 miles from the NE
Greetings again from Mauro aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, slowly gaining ground (moving along at 0.9 knots) as we head generally towards Virgin Passage.
Currently Williams-Mystic S16 is enjoying a swim call in the beautiful blue waters above the Puerto Rico Trench, a much welcomed break after today’s class: up and overs (going aloft), sail handling, and review for our pin chase tomorrow. Second Mate Eric informed us that many sailors were not considered sailors until they completed their first up-and-over—though they did so in harbor. I wonder, then, what sort of sailors that makes our class, who completed their first aloft session approximately 45 nautical miles away from the nearest harbor?
Professor Mike Nishizaki led today’s lecture on latitude patterns, productivity, and biodiversity in the ocean, comparing the tropics to our home turf’s (Connecticut) cooler temperate waters. Rachel (Wesleyan ‘17), Jessica (Maine Maritime ’16), and Marlo (Smith ’17) gave a brief presentation on the Mantis Shrimp, one of many specimens caught in this morning’s Neuston tow net. Fun facts: did you know that a mantis shrimp’s jab can easily puncture bulletproof glass, or break a human bone? They have the fastest recorded reaction time of any animal at 8 milliseconds, so be careful the next time you collect one in your tow net!
Excitement builds over the pin chase, with students gleefully and quite expertly being able to traverse the deck and differentiate between the mains’l halyard, forestays’l jigger, JT downhaul, and others. Everyone keep a lookout for Amanda (Pacific University ‘18) and Chelsea (URI ‘18)—they’ve been spotted on deck in the early hours of the morning and late into the evening pointing out lines and quizzing their classmates!
As a group, Williams-Mystic S’16 has put in much work keeping the ship going forward: striking sails at 0200, scrubbing soles after dawn watch, reading and preparing for classes, and so forth. And once again, they are rewarded with the most gorgeous of sunsets as we wrap up Day 4 of our offshore voyage.
Until next time.
P.S. I’m including this special note from Morgan, our steward, to her sister on her birthday:
“Hi Weem! Sorry I can’t call you on your birthday, but maybe a shout out from the ocean is better! Happy birthday and happy groundhogs day (can’t wait to hear if either of you saw your shadows!) Love you very much an talk to you soon! <3 Momo"