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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
February 24, 2015
Opening the Pool
18° 14.89’ N x 64° 48.14’ W
Description of location
about 13 miles SSW of St. John
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan (from 1300 Watch Change)
Winds ExN force 4, seas ENE 3-5 ft, sailing on a starboard tack under 4 lowers and JT
Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
Sargassum Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
two windrows less than .5 m, a few clumps and fragments, but overall not much sargassum
I miss everyone back on land very dearly, and I’ve got pictures of all of you (including the dogs) hanging in my bunk for when I get sad at night, but fear not, I’m having an incredible time here. Yesterday, I had one of the most majestic moments of my life. Shortly after seeing a rainbow off St. Croix, a few shipmates and I climbed out onto the bowsprit to furl the jib. As Marissa and I looked below us, we saw a dolphin riding along with the boat right below us. I can’t describe the feeling of standing as far out over the ocean as I can get on this boat with a dolphin swimming below me, but let me tell you this doesn’t feel real.
Today was pretty cool too. Instead of being a part of my normal watch crew today (A watch – Alpha Squad), I got to be assistant to the steward, Becky, so I got to spend much of my day in the galley preparing meals for my shipmates. In case anyone out there is concerned we’re not eating well, let me assure you that we dine like kings here on the Corwith Cramer, thanks to the hard work of our beloved Becky (and her assistant stewards!). For breakfast, we made cinnamon rolls served with some grapefruit and oranges (to prevent the scurvy, of course). Our morning snack consisted of grapes and cheese sticks. We had a lunch of quesadillas (veggie, chicken, or ham) with homemade guacamole and a salad. Afternoon snack was a delicious baked smore’s treat. And dinner was some spot-on chili with garlic bread and a tasty salad. Later on, we’ll get a midnight snack of homemade chocolate chip muffins. I’ve been enjoying tasty, plentiful meals like this for the past few days, but working in the galley with Becky gave me a new appreciation for all the hard work that goes into nourishing us, as well as the fun you can have as a ship’s steward.
In the midst of all this cooking, I had time off to relax, sunbathe (yes mom, I’m wearing lots of sunscreen), read (just started Big Sur by Jack Kerouac, which I found in the ship’s library), do my laundry (in a bucket, with a salt water hose), and work on some homework. The most exciting part of my already exciting day was anchoring in St. John. We weren’t planning on anchoring until we got to St. Martin, our next scheduled port stop, but some fishing gear got stuck on the boat, so we had to stop to get if off. As we sailed into the harbor of St. John, full of heavy traffic, all hands had to get on deck to help strike the sails. It was amazing to see how we all came together for it to work smoothly. We’ve been shoving so much information about lines and sails into our brains the past few days, and today truly exhibited how far we’ve come to understand our ship better.
After an amazing a capella performance by Toni, Harmony, and me (we’re starting a singing group, tour dates TBA), we were finally safely anchored in the harbor. We had a quick class, and then we got to swim!!!!! Because of our hard work, Captain Sean “opened the pool,” giving us some time to swim in the ocean off the side of the boat. We jumped off the bowsprit into the water. The water temperature was perfect and the island of St. John is gorgeous. After all the hard work we’ve been doing, this was the perfect way to unwind. I feel amazing now, because in addition to getting to have a little fun, today was my day to shower. Three days’ worth of sweat, salt, and sunscreen really builds up into some nasty grime, so showering is one of the best feelings.
Much love from your beloved dolphin whisperer,