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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 26, 2014

S251 Weblog 26 February 2014

Kelsey Lane, 3rd Assistant Scientist, SEA Alum S233

Above: The first round of the Bowline Olympics. The contestants tie their fastest bowline around a paddle while the judges look on. (Left to right: Aleja, Melissa, Elaine, Margaret, Kelsey, Anna, Sayzie, Julia, Sarah)

Ship's Log

Current Position
17° 43.5’‘S x 136° 57.9’’W
Course and Speed
150°, 6.4 knots
Sail Plan
Mains’l, mainstays’l, tops’l and jib
Winds out of the ENE, Beaufort Force 4. Popcorn squalls all day, building later in the day, sporadic rain.

Hey y’all out there! We’re cruising along south and enjoying the groove of life at sea. It’s been fun and a bit nostalgic to sail this trip, as my introduction to sailing was as a student on the SPICE voyage three years ago. I was bitten by the ‘boat bug’ and dreamed of coming back to SEA to work as an Assistant Scientist. I’‘ve been working on boats ever since and sailing with SEA in that role since this fall.

Soon now, the Robert C. Seamans will be entering new latitudes and going farther south than she’s ever been before! We already started to see some differences in the oceanography with lower levels of primary productivity as measured by our flow-through system’s fluorometer and a pretty sparse Neuston tow this morning.

In other news, today was a pretty big day – the Bowline Olympics! There is a lab practical coming up in a couple days, and everyone has to tie a bowline (aka ‘the knot of science’) as part of the exam since we use bowlines to secure a lot of our gear to the boat.  I called the games as a little inspiration to practice. The watches have been training hard, and at last their moment came to shine, right before field day.  The event was a speed trial, pitting a member of each watch against each other to tie the fastest bowline. The winner moved on to the next round, and in an epic final round the winners proved themselves. Shoshanna (of B watch) got the gold; Midori (of C Watch,) the silver; and Levi (of B Watch,) the bronze. You may have watched the Winter Games at home on your TV and I’‘ve been jealous because I love watching the Olympics, but the South Pacific RCS Games are turning out to be pretty amazing, and rumor has it there are more events on the way….

After a productive field day cleaning our lovely boat, a big squall moved in, gusting up to 40 knots.  Captain Colleen restricted the deck and moved all students below while staff struck most of the sails and then we rode out the storm comfortably hove-to. Such weather is a reminder of how powerful and mercurial the sea can be, but training and protocols kicked in quickly and I was impressed and proud to be part of the response. Students chilled in the main saloon until the winds calmed, then came back on deck to one of the most beautiful rainbows I’’ve ever seen stretching the full horizon astern. All the colors blazed in force, and I really thought I could see the glimmering of a pot of gold at both ends. The miles are flying by and it’s hard to believe we’ll be in Mangareva soon!

Fair winds,

PS – Sending love to the fam, especially JoJo. I hope it’s not too drizzly out there in the Islands!


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