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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

March 31, 2018

Report from C Watch

Sarah Smith-Tripp, C Watch, Wellesley College

C Watch smiles as they s(C)end it on their first s(C)ea watch!

Ship's Log

Current Position
North of the Bank Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand; 43 30.92’S, 172 53.66’E

Ship’s Heading & Speed
3.4 knots, 070 degrees

Sail Plan
Stays’ls and Tops’l

Southern wind with some precipitation, breezy throughout day

Souls on board

Waking up this morning it had the promise of a good day, there were chocolate chip pancakes at breakfast and it was Chaco's weather (i.e. WARM!). As a ship's company, we were primed and ready to bid a fond farewell to Lyttelton port this morning and head across the South Pacific.

C Watch was scheduled for duty from 1-7 this afternoon, our first underway watch. One part of watch duties is to look for birds and other animals every hour. C Watch was doing its first round of bird watches when we experienced firsthand a reality of New Zealand weather: the wind direction suddenly changed from north to south and the wind turned drastically from a light breeze to considerably strong. As the wind picked up, we "hove-to" (stopped ourselves with our sails) for a few hours to allow everyone to get acclimated to the ship's motion. We were officially off the coast of New Zealand and under sail!

All afternoon, C Watch learned firsthand what it is like to haul on the lines. After a couple of weeks of hauling, sweating and tailing, I'm sure we will compare how callused our hands are. First, we have to master the simple things like which lines go to which sail, and how to properly coil and hang a line. Today I learned how hard it can be to haul on a line when the sail has wind in it (hint: it is hard), and how much having an extra couple of bodies can help.

I could not tell this story without giving the biggest of shout-outs to C Watch. Watches are basically your team aboard the ship - you work, eat and sleep with your watch group every day. Throughout our time on duty this afternoon, we were positive, even when we learned that our 6-hour shift became a 7-hour shift as the ship's clocks were moved to a new time zone. Hector's dolphins certainly helped enliven our spirits, but truly it was us working as a team to stay strong that really sent the watch. So - way to s(C)end it C Watch!

- Sarah Smith-Tripp, C Watch, Wellesley College

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#1. Posted by Marguerite on April 03, 2018

Chocolate chip pancakes, Chacos, dolphins, hard work, and teamwork. What a great start to a grand adventure!

#2. Posted by stephen racioppi on April 04, 2018

Sounds like a great first watch for the C watch team.  The color coordination alone of this group picture is remarkable smile

#3. Posted by Kim Woods on April 04, 2018

Sounds like C watch is a great team.  Love the picture of the gang and looking forward to reading all your daily reports.



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