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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

October 30, 2014

S-255 Line Chase

Kate Motluk, A Watch, University of Toronto

Above: Kate aloft! Below: A-Watch in the head rig (from left up) Bryn, Hugh, Rebecca, Lauren, Kate (from right up) Holly, our scientist Laura, and our deckhand LP! (Shout out to our mate Will, not pictured – probably doing all the work while we take photos)

Ship's Log

Current Position
26°33.917’S x 175°56.804’E

Course and Speed
190, 7.3 kts

Sail Plan
motor sailing

Swim Call Material (alas still waiting) – sunny and clear!

The tension mounted as the racers took their positions. For a brief moment the only audible sound was the ocean against the hull and engineer Dusty’s flame-themed lavalava blowing in the wind. “Racers ready!” cried Will, our chief mate. The semi-annual pin rail chase had begun and pandemonium ensued. Friendships were broken, unlikely alliances formed, fortunes bet. Each watch had a relay team. A scientist would hand each person a card with the name of a line for a sail on it, and our mission was to identify it and return so the next person in the relay could go. While brisk-walking was allowed, running was strictly forbidden for safety purposes, and we were threatened with having to crabwalk the rest of the way if we broke this rule. Just as all the odds had predicted, A-Watch emerged victorious.

This is only one in a string of victories Awesome Watch has experienced of late, the other being that we were the first group to go aloft! After earning that distinction, we all white knuckled our way up. Once there, the fervent clutching continued, but it was all worth it for the incredible view. The Robert C. Seamans stretched out below us, and around us was nothing but deep blue sea.
But I digress, it isn’t all about A-Watch (although let’s be real, it mostly is). The ship is a buzzin’ with Halloween preparations! We already have some pretty wicked skeleton/eyeball lights up in the main saloon and people are steadily coming up with costume ideas. A delightful costume box on board has a hot dog suit and full on 80s Pro Volleyball jacket, so you could say that things will probably get pretty wild.

- Kate

PS: Shout out to the Motluk Clan. Love and miss you guys! Must’ve earned my sea legs as I haven’t gotten seasick on this passage (knock on wood). You’ll also be happy to learn that of the 5 dvds on board one of them is … Captain Ron! Pat, can’t believe I get to see you in NZ so soon! So stoked.

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