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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 20, 2018

Setting Sail!

Carly Carter, A Watch, Longwood University, Cormier Honors College

Caribbean Study Abroad

The shipmates setting the sails after getting underway!

Ship's Log

Current Position
25 °43.329; 75 °29.798

Course & Speed
3.5 knots sailing South and East on our way to the South Sargasso Sea

Sail Plan
To the South Sargasso Sea, then transect North to Bermuda

Sunny with a few clouds, calm winds, and calm seas

We had our first Sargassum sighting soon after leaving Nassau, and have seen small clumps and patches along the way since.

Souls on Board

TGIF! Well, not so much on the Cramer, especially with our work just beginning! We spent the morning doing our last bit of orientation and getting the ship ready before shipping out to begin our voyage. We have had so much information thrown at us the past few days that I don't know what stuck and what didn't, so being underway will sure test our knowledge. We have a lot of new skills to learn, and a lot of old skills to re-learn. Sleeping and getting up on time, walking without falling over, eating at the dinner table- all things that we never really thought about at home, but now have to learn a whole new way of doing them because we are in constant motion.

Now that we are underway, we have also officially begun watches- which is super exciting! C watch is up first from 1300-1900, A watch (my watch) is from 1900-0100, B watch goes from 0100-0700, and then C watch has watch from 0700-1300. The way that the system works is we have 6 hours on watch, 12 hours off watch so that we cycle what times each watch will have. This happens every day-even on weekends- so no days off for us! On watch, each person will be assigned a specific duty. This means we will have opportunities to be on lab watch, deck watch, dish duty, and so on. During the day is when most of the exciting action happens. We will get to deploy gear, take dip net samples, and do hourly counts of life that we see from the boat.

We cannot wait to take you all along on this voyage with us! If you haven't yet, send out this blog to people who may not have seen it yet that want to follow along. I know there are plenty of people on my side of things that may not know. There is so much that we have learned and not enough space to write it all on here today. Keep checking in every week day to see an update, and to learn more about life at sea! I miss everyone already, even though it has only been a few days since I left. I can't wait to tell you about all of my adventures! Break a leg to Longwood Theater on your last few nights of The Heidi Chronicles! So Proud!

One last quick update: the moon looked pretty tonight, and lightning at sea looks rad.


Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c279  study abroad  sargassum  sailing • (4) Comments
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#1. Posted by Erica Carter on April 24, 2018

Sounds like an awesome experience - make the most of every minute! We love you!

#2. Posted by Jean Battersby on April 26, 2018

Thanks for your wonderful post, Carly!  Have a wonderful time!  Jenny’s Mom

#3. Posted by Ginny Carter on May 03, 2018

finally figured out how to get to the postings!! Who said “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks” (I just did it!!) Love the guys are so lucky - but you know that…Love you Carly…Grandma

#4. Posted by Liz Gill on May 07, 2018

Sounds like a job for a F.F. Frogger!



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