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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 15, 2021

Reflecting and Reminiscing

Kayla Sklar, Izzy Stewart & Emma Iverson, C Watch, Northeastern University, Gettysburg & Macalester Colleges


Above: “Whale!” (zoom in to see the humpback) Below: Photo courtesy of Alex while aloft: Basking shark swimming alongside the boat with us watching in awe.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
41°52.2’N x 068°55.7’W

Ship Heading

Ship Speed

Taffrail Log
2776 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Motorsailing on a port tack under the mains’l, mainstays’l, forestays’l . C/O 320° PSC.  Wind ExN, Beaufort Force 1.

Description of location
45 nm east of Cape Cod (55 nm east of Izzy’s house!)

Souls on board

As our time at sea comes to a close, we have to begin collecting our favorite memories and thoughts so we can make room for more in our last few days:

  • Seeing Bioluminescent dolphins off the bow at lookout (Ari and Emma).
  • Stargazing on clear nights (Leanna).
  • Big swells while on deck at night (Sydney Marie).
  • Scream singing on Field Day (Anna-Winks).
  • Jumping off the bowsprit in North Carolina (Lucy).
  • Feeling alone in nature (Alex).
  • Riding the waves like an amusement park ride (Kass).
  • Becoming delusional on the bow at lookout (Daviana).
  • All the spontaneous B-Watch hugs (Cam).
  • Journaling on top of the chart house (Elena).
  • Being outside at night and seeing so many stars (Martha).
  • When Ari was holding a jar of jelly and asked Will where to put it, and he just responded with “Oh that? That there’s jelly” (Elisabeth).
  • Seeing a whale breaching next to the boat (Natalie).
  • Stargazing under a blanket with B-Watch friends on the quarter deck (Lydia).
  • Alex’s noises when he sees snacks on the hutch (Will).
  • Being at the helm when we were going fast enough that we needed to strike the jib to slow down (Izzy).
  • Watching the vibe of the boat change from everyone being uncertain to becoming a well-oiled machine - no one is just an acquaintance anymore (Will).
  • The lifestyle, watch rotations, sailing and doing cool science in the middle of the ocean (Julia).
  • The dawn watch where we counted 2,030 jellies (Corinna).
  • Doing dishes while we were anchored in Delaware Bay (Ariana).
  • Running up to the boat after the long bus ride (Katey).
  • Watching C-watch strike the Jib when we had a lot of wind (Carolyn)
  • Watching the Rocket launch off of Cape Canaveral! (Corinna and Carolyn).
  • Hearing whales on evening watch (Ava).
  • When Martha sang her Belgian sea-shanty (Jordan).
  • Peeking out of my bunk and waking up to people talking (Fiona).
  • Passing notes through the little hole in my bunk (Izzy and Fiona).
  • Seeing the viperfish from the first meter net (Laurens).
  • B-Watch just makes me laugh a lot-sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally (Carolyn).
  • Frolicking in the surf when we got to go swimming (James)
  • How easy it is to make boat puns (Ava).
  • Dawn watch with Kayla, Alex and Asst. Scientist Jordan where we kept finding cooler and cooler things as we processed the neuston and meter net (Izzy).
  • Story of why B-Watch calls the mightier David (Anna).
  • Going aloft and seeing all the stars during his first dawn watch (Ryan).
  • Cramer’s gentle way of telling you where she wants to go whether it’s at helm or by sweetly rocking you into the walls down below (Izzy).
  • Learning constellations and seeing the milky way so brightly (Kayla).
  • Turning off the compass light, learning how to steer by the stars and then steering backwards (Izzy).
  • Telling people to come wake me up at night if they saw something cool, then promptly telling them “thank you so much but I think I’m going to stay here” when they follow my request, and then thinking that the whale noises and bioluminescent net towns were only dreams (Kayla)
  • Having to prove to Sydney Marie that I am indeed awake by playing a thumb war every time she wakes me up (Emma).
  • Being on helm while Cramer steers herself sailing along at sunrise or sunset (Emma).

There have been so many incredible moments to define this trip, but today there were two moments when the collective Corwith Cramer stoke tank was absolutely overflowing: two giant basking sharks swimming along with us and whales lifting their tails out of the water to wave hello to all those who tried their hand at whale communication. It’s crazy to think how much has happened in these past five weeks. As we reflect on the things that we’ve loved and what we’ll miss, we feel grateful for this opportunity and that the class of C297’s journey doesn’t end here. We’ll see you (too) soon Woods Hole.

From Kayla: Updating the coolest day of my life to when we saw the basking shark! Can’t wait to talk to everyone soon, I miss you all!

From Emma: To my friends and family, love and miss you all. I can’t wait to tell you all about my amazing experience! P.S. I did have tears of joy in my eyes when seeing the two basking sharks and there is photographic evidence of me freaking out.

From  Izzy: To my friends and family, I have loved this experience more than I ever could have imagined and I can't wait to tell you all about it! Miss you all tons!!

- Kayla Sklar, C Watch, Northeastern University
- Izzy Stewart, C Watch, Gettysburg College
- Emma Iverson, C Watch, Macalester College


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Sarah A Yates on May 17, 2021

What an amazing experience! We’ve been following along and can’t wait to hear more about it from you, Isabelle!
Lots of love from us! <3

#2. Posted by Deb Sklar on May 17, 2021

Miss you too Sweetness! Thanks for all the insight to this fantastic trip! The blogs have been amazing! Hoping you take this experience and do something you love! Thanks for mothers day wishes too Kayla! Can’t wait to talk to you..lots to catch up on. Big hugs all around!

#3. Posted by Jamie Winkler on May 18, 2021

It’s been almost as exciting reading the blogs!  You are all skilled writers but I’ve noticed more and more the blogs are a collaboration of multiple people - that speaks for itself.



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