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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 08, 2015

Ready for Sea

Joseph Townsend, C-Watch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

The Cramer at Penno's Wharf & Ready for Sea Again

Ship's Log

Noon Position
32° 22.7’ N x 64° 40.9’

Description of location
St. Georges, Bermuda

Ship Heading
At the dock, facing West

Taffrail Log
804nm miles traveled

Weather
22°C, overcast, Wind E x SE and light, Force 2

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
Some pretty small and very lost fragments in some partially submerged cave

Souls on Board

Good Day!

Today marks the last day in port, and boy has our time been amazing here. Last night we were joined by our Tiffany Smythe, our professor for our Ocean Policy Research and Ocean Science and Public Policy courses. She will be joining us for the remainder of our voyage and we were of course very excited to see her and tell her about our travels thus far. Peg Brandon, the president of SEA, is also joining us for the night!

Today marked the finale of trip, and we started off the day with an incredible opportunity: a meeting with Tammy Trott, a member of the Sargasso Sea Commission. The Sargasso Sea Commission, a quasi-governmental group that aims to aid in the protection of the Sargasso Sea, is an organization we have been learning about since our first day of class. We were incredibly excited at this opportunity, and to finally apply our knowledge to a discussion with an actual member of the commission. The discussion was great, and by the end we had gained a much better understanding of theSargasso Sea Commission.

After our discussion with Tammy Trott, we were given the afternoon to do any last minute land related activities before our departure tomorrow. To some of us, that meant some last minute sight-seeing, such as venturing back to the beach to soak up the last of what Bermuda had to offer us. To many others, it meant prepping for going back to sea. And for me, it meant laundry. And of course some phone calls home.

As our last day in Bermuda draws to a close, I can’t help but be amazed at all the adventures we’ve had thus far. It seems like every day has been filled with new sights, new experiences, new amazing things I cannot imagine. I reflect back on all the times I dipped my head below the surface of the water and saw beautiful fish and reef, all of the many cliffs of Bermuda that I had no idea of until I came here, or even how incredibly friendly and kind the locals are (We miss you already Robbie!). I have pictures, videos, and memories that will bring me back to this port stop for years to come.

Bermuda has certainly treated us very well, but I think we are all excited to get underway again. I think I speak for all of us when I say I cannot wait to feel the wind in the sails and the rolling deck beneath our feet. If there’s anything I’ve learned in this entire program, it’s that there is no feeling like sailing.

Next stop: New York!

Fair winds,
Joseph

PS. I have to send my love to my families back home! Mom (happy early mommies day mom), Arnold, and Carmen (congrats on 8th grade graduation!), Mitchell (congrats on graduating too!), Dede, and Dad. Shoutout to the Castillo Lab and BAMFWAMF, my families from UNC, I miss you all so much and can’t wait to share this experience with you all. Lastly, shoutout to my lovely girlfriend, Autumn Brooke! Congrats on Graduation!

PPS. Full disclosure, I was the shipmate snoring in the previous blog post.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c259  port stops  bermuda. • (0) Comments
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