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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

June 16, 2018

Saturday—the day of feasting!

Jack Fitch, Assistant Dean of Admission, Hamilton College

We started the day today with a breakfast feast at 0620 and 0700 hours before mustering on deck for safety drills. We performed three safety drills with our watches before getting underway and heading east out of Vineyard Haven towards the Atlantic Ocean. To the port side of the boat, Cape Cod was clearly visible, and to the starboard side, both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket were also visible. Each watch performed the necessary duties for their four-hour rotations. While we were headed east, B Watch (our watch) noticed that during the 1700 reading saw a spike in chlorophyll in the water. At roughly 1720, we spotted whales off the bow! We attributed the presence of the whales to the spike in chlorophyll—the whales were feasting! We determined that we saw two species of whales, fin whales and humpback whales.

Speaking of lots of food to eat, there has been no shortage of delicious food for us! Saturday night, we feasted on some of the most delicious salmon I have ever tasted. The roasted asparagus and Brussels sprouts were equally delicious. I had no idea food on a sailboat could be so wonderful!

Saturday was capped off with celestial feast that would make any astronomer jealous. We ended up far enough from land (13nm if I remember correctly) that there was hardly any light pollution and as a result, the Milky Way appeared as an opaque cloudlike waterfall that seemed to disappear into the horizon line. Complementing the Milky Way were millions of stars along with the planets of Jupiter and Venus. We were able to easily identify Scorpio, Sagittarius, Cassiopeia, and the big dipper. By 0300, dawn was already in the early stages of breaking off to the east and our visual feast came to an end.

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#1. Posted by Aunt Dawn Greenwood on July 19, 2018

Hi Corey and Crew! Reading about your experiences in your blogs has been fantastic! I cannot wait to hear all about it in person! See you on Sunday! Much Love, Aunt Dawn


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