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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
June 10, 2015
Our Most Amazing Moments…Thus Far
44° 20.62’N x 056° 36.35’W
Description of location
85 nautical miles southeast of Sable Island.
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan (from 1300 Watch Change)
Fog, Wind Force 2, Sailing under the 4 lowers.
Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
Whales! And dolphins, too!
Today is a beautiful and unique day, as every day is on the Cramer. This morning the stars were amazing; I really can't find sufficient words to describe them. The sky was incredibly dark and clear and the stars shone brighter than ever before. I have never seen something as beautiful in my life. Waking up C Watch for dawn watch at 0230 in the morning and being able to inform them of what a surprise was waiting for them on deck was a great pleasure. Today we were also extremely lucky to have an increase in wind from southwest, which is exactly what we want. We were able to sail the entire day without having to turn the motor on, and Cramer was so perfectly balanced that we were able to not touch the steering wheel for 1 hour and 21 minutes. We did some great science sampling as well and we had an incredibly funny science report about myctophids from Kelli and Sean during afternoon class.
Because I have been impressed and amazed by so many different things on our trip I decided to ask everyone to briefly describe what their most amazing moment has been thus far. I hope you can picture these unique moments since I am sure everyone would love to share them with you.
Sean said that yesterday was the best day for him thus far. “The sunrise, the whales and the dolphins playing on the bow made yesterday my best day; everything was just amazing!” he said. Then he added “I also had an amazing hour after class, sitting on top of the doghouse with Joe and Aidan discussing philosophical questions, while B.C. was playing the violin on the quarterdeck.”
B.C. said that for him the stars and the whales were the most amazing things he had seen and he added, “I don’t think it can get much better than that.” He once told me that by looking at the horizon “you really realize how small we are and how vast and powerful the ocean really is.”
It took Darcy and Sarah M. less than a moment to reply to my question. They both found the dolphins playing and jumping at the bow the most incredible moment so far. After a long thought, Ben also concluded that “hearing the dolphins talking to each other through and across the bow was the most amazing moment” for him.
Dr. Michael also really enjoyed the marine life: “The whales and the dolphins were really incredible!”
Aidan, Joe and Danielle were so lucky to see the bioluminescent dolphins one night and they both agreed that it was the most amazing moment for them. “My favorite moment was seeing the glowing dolphins! Definitely, it was amazing!” Aiden said. “I wish you had seen them, too” said Danielle, “you would agree with me.”
Kelli said that “being finally able to see the Milky Way was the best part so far” for her.
Nolan found the same with the sunset yesterday “It lasted so long!” was his description.
Jen said that her favorite moment was meeting all of us; I know that everyone loved meeting her, too.
Sarah H. said that she found “the teamwork and everyone working together when setting the sails the most amazing moments” for her. She recalled a particular moment three days ago, when we were setting the mains’l and Chief Mate Mackenzie was screaming the weirdest words ever, instead of technical sailing words, in order to give us rhythm and to encourage us to pull the line harder.” “Or when Captain was shouting in the pouring rain “SAILORS!!!” and we would reply “FOR CHOICE!” and everyone was having so much fun although it was cold and really wet.
“Setting the tops’l in the sunset and seeing the dolphins jumping next to us was my favorite moment so far, but I am sure there are going to be many more moments as amazing as that one,” said Rebecca in response to my question.
Garrett impresses me with his sailing knowledge every time I talk with him, so I was not surprised when he told me that his most amazing moment was “when we first started sailing in the pouring rain and in the high waves.”
Raquel said that her best moment was when she started to feel less seasick: “Now I can finally run around and be happy; everything is so beautiful!” she said with a big smile on her face.
Maria really loved being forward lookout and being able to hear the constant sound of the water splashing under her, “This cleared all my thoughts and I really found a peaceful time to think about everything I want.”
All of us had a moment to describe, but what impressed me was how everyone had the same exact reaction to my question: finding it nearly impossible to choose one from amongst the many amazing moments we have had together so far. “This is a tough question” was a very common response. The most amazing moment for Ethan was seeing the sunrise while being on forward lookout. I remember perfectly that moment because it was I who relieved him from that position and I remember him saying, “Nothing to report, no ships or boats, just the most amazing sunrise I have ever seen; all for you!” I agreed with him 100%. One of the most amazing moments for me thus far is seeing everyone so happy, by the beauty that is surrounding us and by what a great time we are all having together here on the Cramer in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. All this makes me happy; extremely happy!
Message in a bottle:
“PS: Dear Parents, I’m warm, I’m safe, and I’m happy. – Nolan”