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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

December 02, 2020

Not on my watch!

Nell Bowen & Schuyler Luthy, Connecticut College & Colorado College


Above: Tonight's ethereal sunset; Below: Nell and Schuyler cozied up on deck

Ship's Log

Noon Position
24 degrees 19.9’ N x 081degrees 31.9’ W

Ship Heading

Ship Speed
4 knots

Taffrail Log

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Weather is quite windy and partly cloudy at a wind force 4/5 Beaufort coming from the NE and temperatures in the low 20 degreesC range. The barometer averaged at 1018 today, with an overall upward trend. Seas are also from the NE with heights of 3-4 feet. We are sailing under the deep reef mains’l and two stays’ls

Description of location
Somewhere South of Big Pine Key, heading into the Gulf Stream

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
Flying Fish, no count

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs
70 clumps, abundant fragments, and 33 windrows

Souls on board

This morning I was woken up at 0030 and went out on deck to relieve the previous watch. Due to the weather the past few days, the deck has been restricted. This means that everyone on board must wear a harness when going up on deck, and the only way to get on to deck is through the chart house so the mate on watch is sure of who is on deck at all times. This dawn watch, I was working in the lab with shipmates Emma and Lindsay as well as the scientist on our watch, Olivia. We started off our watch by helping the deck set the jib. We then went back to lab and began processing our water samples along with the zooplankton that was collected earlier in the day. After spending many hours doing this, everyone on our  watch as well as our watch officers, Megan and Olivia, gathered on the quarterdeck for tea time where we all take time to gather together and reflect on the past few days as well as get to know each other.

After our tea time break we returned to work in the lab for the next few hours. Just as our watch was nearing its end, Megan came into the lab and informed us that the wind was picking up and that they needed help on deck to take in the jib. We sprung out of our seats and walked out on deck to see where we were needed. As we quickly handled lines, climbed out on the headrig to fold the sail and the waves jostled us around, one word that Megan frequently uses comes to mind, alacrity. Alacrity, as both Megan and Olivia describe it is working with haste without reducing the quality of the work that you are doing.

Over the past few days this word has come to mind a number of times. While working as part of a team under high stress conditions, it is imperative to be aware of both yourself and the situation around you and work in a speedy yet controlled manner. I hope to always keep this word in mind in my life going forward and I am so thankful to both Megan and Olivia for teaching me so many things in the past week. After getting in from taking in the jib and gybing, we found that one of the tubes in the lab had come loose and water had been spraying out onto the floor. Luckily, Schuyler who was woken up by small drops of water coming into her bunk from the lab informed us of this fact. After cleaning the lab up and briefing the next watch on what data was processed during our dawn watch and what needed to be done through their morning watch, B watch gathered in the main saloon at 0700 to eat our breakfast and shortly thereafter took a much needed nap.

While Nelly's watch members came to my bunk to wake me up at 0600, I was already awake due to the small drizzle inside my bunk in the main saloon from The Great Lab Flood of December 2nd 2020. Now there is a diaper taped to my bunk ceiling. So it goes! Breakfast was bagels and lox so I soon forgot about my damp wakeup, and I was off to the quarterdeck for turnover. The high winds of the past few days persisted and assisted in waking me up for my watch on deck with Aria, Emma, and Grace. I started off on helm and enjoyed the sunrise. I really like singing to myself when I am on helm, much to the dismay of my mate Sara, but I am not sure she quite has my name down yet so she can't tell me to stop. Today's tune of choice was "California" by Joni Mitchell mixed with "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys which I thought was quite nice.

Anyways, it was soon time for chores, which meant I was down on hands and knees living out my Cinderella fantasy scrubbing syrup off the main sole (the floor). Our next excitement on watch was deploying ol' neusty (Neuston Tow) to collect scientific specimens and sea water from the top layer of the ocean. In order to do that though we first had to gybe to slow to boat which requires a lot of running around and yelling in an organized fashion if you can believe that is possible (it is)! Once we were sailing at a steady two knots, it was just the lazy river vibe that neusty loves so we threw him in for his daily swim. Turnover came quickly and we handed things over to A watch for the afternoon and shoveled down some lunch before class.

During class, things were different today - instead of our normal educational time we had mentor meetings for our scientific research papers with Kalina and Heather (woo!). In case you were wondering, mine went great and my group is ready to move onto the results section. Unfortunately, during our study hall Emma S, Caroline, Lindsay and I got a little distracted playing bananagrams so I will have to spend some time after dinner working on that. Don't tell Heather, although I think she reads these before they get sent out - sorry Heather, but I am growing my vocabulary!!! I absolutely love bananagrams, my best word so far is betwixt - or maybe toucan. It is currently 1801, and I am being jostled around the ship's library so I am going to wrap this up by saying that the sunsets here never cease to amaze me and I hear it is breakfast for dinner.

- Nell Bowen, B watch, Connecticut College
- Schuyler Luthy, C watch, Colorado College

P.S. To Mumma and Dadda, I love and miss you guys so much. I can't wait to tell you all about this. I hope you are getting just as excited for ski season as I am. Get yourself an Iced chai for me ?. 

P.S.S. Hello Fam and Friends, I miss you all so much it's disgusting but I am having the best time here so don't miss me too much. Jane, happy 21st birthday, you are a beautiful beam of LIGHT and I hope you have the best day ever please please please take a buttershot for me (Ceilidh, Grace, and I are all sending you a big group hug)!!! Mom, read "from here to eternity" immediately I think I would like to be taken by the vultures (you'll get it soon)!

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