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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 28, 2017

Race to the Finish Line

Sarah Speroff, C watch, Kenyon College

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

C watch – 1st place winners of the costume category in MBC’s 2017 Annual Line Chase

Ship's Log

28°19.7’ N x 070°07.3’ W

358 nm SW from Bermuda

Souls on Board

Greetings land dwellers!

Today has been a historic day on the Corwith Cramer. Today, during our designated class time, 16 students competed to prove their seaworthiness in the famous challenge appropriately deemed the Line Chase. After weeks of fumbling with ropes, afraid to meet the disappointing gazes of our mates and scientists as we attempted to strike the mains’l with the forestays’l downhaul, one watch was crowned victorious. In preparation for this wondrous day, we studied the names, location, and purpose of each and every sail line (90 to be exact) that allows the Cramer to glide through these waters. With every – or almost every – halyard, outhaul, inhaul, sheet, tack, brail, and jigger engrained in our minds, we took to the quarterdeck to begin this epic race.

The rules were simple: each watch was to correctly identify all lines written on a stack of notecards in a relay race manner, and absolutely no running, the consequence of which was crab walking. Each team was allowed to aid their friends in locating their line by shouting “hot,” “cold,” or any other phrase that falls along the temperature gradient. It was 10 quick minutes of chaos, confusion, and excitement.

In this competition between the watches, B watch rose above all others victorious, claiming eternal bragging rights and admiration in the eyes of the crew. However, even though C watch came in third place, we showed up in serious style, coming in first place in the costume category.

After this afternoon’s Line Chase whirlwind and a ‘prepare to abandon ship’ drill, the day returned to normal. Members of C watch took to the lab to continue fishing plastic out of the Neuston net tow, and to the helm to continue steering the Cramer towards the heart of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Fair winds,

To Kylie – the stars out here are amazing, I wish you could be here to see them. To Dad and Leisa – hi!

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#1. Posted by Leisa on May 09, 2017

So excited to see and hear about your journey…. Thanks to all for keeping us on land updated as we live vicariously through you!  Love you sarah!  Mom



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