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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 22, 2016

New Concept of Time

Danny Lucas, B Watch, Warren Wilson College

Oceans & Climate

Dawn Watch’s Black Pearl!

Ship's Log

21°39.9’N x 27°25.0’W

250° True at 3 knots

Sail Plan
Jib, Forestays’l, Mainstays’l and Mains’l

Overcast with beautiful vertically developed Cumulus clouds. Squalls seem to be coming in. Beaufort Force 3 and 3 foot waves. Otherwise, it’s pretty hot!

Souls on Board

What an experience. The way the watch cycle works really creates a whole new concept of time! Sleeping at night is no longer a thing, and eating six meals a day is now a habit. This morning, B Watch (Hannah, Rob, Stefani, Gabrielle, Sabrina and I) took control of the ship from 7 am to 1 pm. After a delicious lunch I was able to play guitar on the deck for the first time. We definitely do not have much free time here: If you aren’t on watch, eating or playing with a sextant for a homework assignment, you’re probably sleeping. For example, B Watch will take the deck between 1 am and 7 am tonight: so my current plan is to sleep between 9 pm and 00:30 and then probably between 8:00 and 11:00 tomorrow. That’s what I was talking about when I said that sleeping at night is no longer a thing! We have all gotten used to it though, and  having watch at different times of the day is actually great. Night and dawn watches are especially epic.

Two nights ago, during the 7 pm to 1 am Evening Watch we had a really unique natural phenomenon occur as we entered the North Atlantic subtropical gyre. During that dark moonless night, we saw bioluminescent dolphins dancing around the bow. I had no idea something like that could exist. Closest I’ve ever been to shooting stars, it was the coolest thing!

One of today’s memorable moments was when our Captain told us to set the Mains’l. All 15 of us gathered around the Mains’l halyard (line that brings the sail up when you pull on it), and hauled it all the way up while singing a sea chantey. It was one of those moments where you realize that you’re singing a sea chantey while pulling on lines in the middle of the Atlantic.

For the past week and a half, B Watch has been working with one watch officer and scientist, Kirsten and Kelsey. Tomorrow, all watches are rotating watch officers. We had all grown attached to Kirsten being our mate, teacher and midnight helm conversation friend. It seems as though we have spent much more time than a week and a half with them! But of course, we can’t wait to start working under the exceptional  Scott and Farley. Those names sound like a dynamic duo don’t they??

I’m really having a good time here. Intense learning, calloused hands, and being in such a cool setting has been extremely rewarding. I’m thinking of you all back at Warren Wilson! I can’t wait for Thursday contra dances and to start playing with cows and tractors again! To all my friends and family in France, je pense a vous et j’espere vous revoir bientot! Papa je te souhaite un tres joyeux anniversaire avec quelques jours de retard!! Je pense a vous, et faites un gros bisous a Pong de ma part! Merci pour tout!

Love you all and thank you for everything!

- Danny

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c270 • (3) Comments
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#1. Posted by Jim Bowen on November 23, 2016

Another day, another great description of life aboard the Corwith Cramer!  Everyone has done such a GREAT job at giving us glimpses of your amazing voyage!

#2. Posted by Devi Sharp on November 24, 2016

Danny, so nice to hear from you on a day that your American families are giving thanks and eating turkey. Yes, it is Thanksgiving. Yes, I am thankful and you are one of the things to be thankful for.

Time on a sailboat is so very different. When people ask how long we lived on our sailboat I say “8.5 years, but really time on a boat is like dog years, so that would be 8.5 x 7 years”.

My first bioluminescent moment was when I used the marine toilet underway and in the dark head I saw bioluminescence swirling in the toilet bowl.  It is the little things that fill the days.  It is very cool to see dolphins underway!

Safe sailing and fair winds,

#3. Posted by Charlotte Lucas on December 10, 2016

Thanks for a great posting, Danny. Papa and I have been loyal followers of the Cramer blog, reading every entry with a great flurry of excitement wink.

I’ve been printing the entries every week and mailing them to Grandma. She is thrilled to be following your adventure so closely. 

Can’t wait to hear about your Phase 3 watches!

Have a great time on Dominica!

Love, Mom



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