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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

December 04, 2015

Musings on sleep, science and sailing

Katarina Rolf, A Watch, Sailing Intern

Oceans & Climate

A photo for my friends and family to prove that I’m having fun. Photo credit: JBer!

Ship's Log

14° 48.3’N x 048° 17.1’W

Western Tropical Atlantic


5.2 kts

Cumulus clouds, ENE wind, F5

Souls on Board

By popular demand - or final resort, really - I have been elected to write today’s blog about the goings-on of ship life and the like. This transatlantic voyage has been indescribably wonderful thus far. From catching and consuming flying fish to assisting with Sargassum wrangling to getting better at star fixes to running the Hunger Games on board, I don’t find myself with a whole lot of down time. In fact, I’m wondering how I managed to do everything I did while I was a student! The students are always gathered in the main salon, busily typing away at their computers and consulting each other on tips on better ways to analyze their data or asking for a quick proofread of a marine policy reflection paper. When the lights turn out, you can frequently observe the faint glow of laptops in bunks, no doubt full of even more hurried typing for oceanography projects.

A brief haiku to illustrate what I imagine they are thinking:

Did I sleep last night?
I seem to not remember…
Perhaps I will now.

In other news, we are coming up on Researcher’s Ridge today! As Farley mentioned yesterday, there is the possibility of sampling while we are in the area, although the sporty conditions we have been experiencing would suggest that the odds are not in our favor. The water conditions are noticeably changing as we approach. Amy spotted a green tinge in the water this morning and requested that we test our DCM (deep chlorophyll maximum) to see where it fell in the water column. It ended up falling 35 meters higher in the water column than we have been seeing previously. Biological productivity closer to the surface?! Seamounts.

In addition to science and sleep, we are, of course, getting a lot of sail handling in on this trip. We need to cover 1,000 more nautical miles on this trip than we needed to on my student trip, MBC, which means we must sail much more quickly. I finally have callouses on my hands - I finally have proof that I do hard work!  I was definitely expecting them to emerge the last time I was onboard, but later is better than never. They are there just below the second joint of both pointer and pinkie fingers, and I am in the process of picking out names. Suggestions are welcome. We also have been discussing leadership styles in our watches as a part of the students’ leadership class.

Yesterday, we all placed ourselves on the leadership grid and talked about how each individual person’s leadership style works with others. You can either be a watery cucumber, a windy cucumber, windy tamale, or watery tamale. I ended up being a watery tamale, also known as a relationship master. If you’re interested, I would highly recommend reading through the different types of relationships - an intriguing way to spend a little chunk of time!

Class should be starting up soon, a workshop for all of the students as they approach phase III of the program - Junior Watch Officer! I am incredibly excited to see how they all do!

And now for shout-outs: Em, I miss you so much! I can’t wait to swap stories with you in a few short weeks!

Dad/Noah/Conrad, I wish we could still have game nights somehow; I’m definitely missing them on the boat!

Carol, my sweater, necklace, and book all make me feel incredibly loved from afar. I miss you dearly.

Nana and Grandpapa, I promise I won’t run away on the boat. I will come see you for Christmas.

Omar, I can’t WAIT to see you and spend quality time together.

Henry, I wish you could see the sunsets, sunrises, and incredible night sky out here. I feel like you would write a beautiful story about it.

Jill, all I can think about is how you would make an excellent boat cat. Ives, I’m making a list of all the food I want to eat when I see you.

Greg/Tony/Brian/Sam/Smitty/Rose, beat that next Escape room. And eat all the fries at Fantasy Flight.

Greg, I hope you ended up doing well at your tournaments! I feel like I know a celebrity now!

Thanks for reading, that’s all for now! Stay tuned for more great updates!

- Katarina

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c263  science  sailing • (2) 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 barbara clark on December 07, 2015

Hi crew—- is the photographer JBer by any chance Janet Bering—if so Janet, post a selfie!  or insert yourself in to some group photo!  all is well here and I so enjoy reading the blogs—you all sound like you are having a fabulous time!  love mom/Barbara

#2. Posted by Lisa Wales Post Mac '83 on December 08, 2015

May your travel bring you deep self awareness.  And if not, (or of you need entertainment) please tell your Dad Will that ot is OK to send me your month, day, year, time and place of birth.  I’ll give you natal planet placement and hopefully ypu can track your progressions from the night or early morning sky.



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