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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
October 30, 2017
One Thousand Nautical Miles
31° 56.5’N x 059° 37.9’W
Just entering the Southern Sargasso Sea; at a similar latitude to Northern Florida
220° (SW x S)
3.1 Knots (Not currently motoring)
Sailing with more sails than ever before! – Jib Tops’l, Jib, Forestays’l Main Stays’l, Fisherman, Mains’l
Quite the variety of clouds out (Cumulus, Stratus, Altocumulus, and more), warm weather (around 27.5° Celsius at its peak), and calm seas (thankfully)
I don’t even know where to begin when attempting to describe to you my time onboard the ship thus far. It has been a crazy time of ups and downs, all of which are memorable in their own ways. Thankfully for me, most of the seasickness has finally passed (besides the natural fatigue that accompanies life onboard).
It is truly unfathomable to believe that we are the only ones at this exact point in time and space, out in the middle of the ocean, hundreds of miles from other humans. Through discussion with my fellow shipmates we have all marveled at this fact, and begun to appreciate the smaller things in life. We no longer will take for granted hot showers longer than 3 minutes, ground that doesn’t move, consistent sleep, or, most importantly, Google. Yesterday while I was standing bow lookout (or “contemplation hour”, as I like to call it), around 9 PM, I saw a distant light on the horizon! Ah, a boat! I rushed back to the quarter deck to report to Lydia (our 3rd mate), and the others, of my finding. I can’t begin to express how elated my classmates and I feel upon seeing other boats in the distance, even if they are just cargo ships, and even if they are miles away. It is a symbol of life and civilization which reminds me that maybe we aren’t so alone out here.
But we don’t need to see just humans to remember that we are not alone here. The sight of a bird landing on our deck, the sight of dolphins jumping out of the water at our bow, or the miniscule movements of the microorganisms and bioluminescence in our Neuston Net Tow are all reminders that we are actually surrounded by a bastion of life, life that we are learning more and more about.
Today was a memorable day, for today was the day in which we left behind the Northern Sargasso Sea for the Southern Sargasso Sea..! Along with this, we passed 1,000 nautical miles traveled, signifying all our progress made towards Grenada. Today was also the “Great Pin rail Chase”—a competition between watches identifying lines on the boat.
Time passes so strangely here; we accomplish so much in every watch, and so much in between. Whether it be engine room checks, boat checks, dishes, lab deployments, or homework, our time always feels filled up. Slowly and surely we are making our way, and I can’t wait to get to Grenada. For all those at home, I hope everyone has a great Halloween tomorrow and stays safe! (I know we have some festivities in store onboard the Cramer..!)
P.S—To Mom, Dad, Cian, Molly, and Andrew: I miss and think about you guys! I love you all and I look forward to hearing from you soon. ^-^