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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

March 04, 2019

Motor Boat, Motor Boat go so Fast (5 knots exactly)

Skylah Reis, A Watch, Harvard College


Mica, Mariana, and Allison demonstrate galley clean up!

Ship's Log

Current Location
20° 15.2’ N x 073° 36.2’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Course Ordered: 225, going a steady 5.2 knots

HOT with a light ESE breeze and clear skies

Souls on board

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Hello all of you beautiful C-284 blog readers. I am here to report that we woke up on this fine Monday anchored in Great Inagua, Bahamas but it wasn’t long until A watch (best watch) took the deck at 0650 and began preparing for departure.

With bellies full of egg and lobster fritter, the awning was stowed, the deck was cleared and we began to embark on our journey through the Windward Passage so to arrive in Port Antonio, Jamaica by Thursday. Due to this minor time crunch, Captain Bill informed us all during our daily muster on the quarter deck that we will have to keep a steady 5 knot speed. Seems easy, peasy, lemon-squeezy, right? Well I will have you know that today the ocean was as flat as my voice singing riptide.

And the winds… still as the gimbled tables. Our only choice this morning was to turn on the motor and it has been rumbling ever since. These conditions were not all bad. They made for quite breathtaking glossy ripples on what looked like a blue ice rink that acted as a psychedelic back drop for our 1430 class. Actually, everything started to look pretty funky as we baked like the brownies Brison made us today in the sweltering afternoon sun.

Despite the multiple, oily layers of sunscreen caked on my skin and having to present our port stop debriefs while competing with the grumbling of the motor and the clanging of the galley, I would not trade this for anything. Not for a classroom with walls and air conditioning, not for a desk that stays still, not for classmates who shower more than we do. There is something right about academia under the blistering sun and shimmering sky – you know, learning from nature not just books – it’s romantic even.

On the less romantic (and corny) side, I did dishes for six hours today. Every watch someone is assigned to “galley duty” where you get the pleasure to scrub all of the dishes used that day and help prep for meals. Good thing the galley has a nice breeze because word on the Cramer is that it hit 94 degrees Fahrenheit today! Just 5 weeks, 2 plane rides and 986.7 nm ago we were trudging to class bundled in winter coats and gasping at the -6 degree wind chill back in Woods Hole. We have definitely adjusted to this whopping 100 degree temperature change, our Teva tan lines will prove it to you.

Our day of hot, motor sailing got even more awesome after class when Mica initiated a ship wide game of “Angel and Devil”. Basically, everyone on the ship drew two names – one that would be their angel, who they must do little, kind things for, and one that would be their devil, who they can pull minor pranks on. The only two rules are that first, you cannot reveal who your angel and devil are and second, this goes on for the rest of your life. No biggie.

Due to an approaching 0100 watch and Julia Grady hovering over my shoulders waiting to proofread this, that is all for now. Hoping for a night full of ALL of the stars!

- Skylah Reis, A Watch, Harvard College

P.S.: Happy Birthday Tessa! 20 years of best friendship – wow!!! Also, hey, what’s up, hello to Mom, Dad, Raq, Tutam, Piper, and Ian! Miss you all – you’ll have to catch me up on all of the new slime trends/ fortnight dances/ NBA highlights in 18 days.

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