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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 24, 2015

Soaking up the Sun

Madison Pleasants, UNC Chapel Hill

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Jamie and I hanging from the riggings of the boat

Ship's Log

Noon position
Hove to for science station

Description of location
Galicia Bank

Ship heading

Ship speed

Taffrail Log

Sunny with Cu, Ci, and Ac clouds

WNW at force 5

Marine Mammals Observed in the last 24 hours
Fin Whales

Souls on Board

The days here on the Cramer are getting brighter and brighter! The sun is out; everyone is lathering on sunscreen, and pulling on the shorts we have kept packed up for so long. While the sunshine will probably be short lived, we have been using it to our full advantage. Yesterday, B watch did aloft training. We put on our harnesses, that started around our waist and strapped across our chest to keep us safe while we are above, and listened as they told us all of the rules about going aloft.

After training, they cut us loose and we were able to climb up the riggings of the ship. Sara Martin, our mate, trained us well so when we made it to the top we were all very excited. Being up there was both exhilarating and terrifying because we were so high up. Jamie, who is a member of my watch, and I went aloft again after class. Since we have done aloft training, we can go up on the riggings any time we want. (With permission of the mate of course.) We climbed to the very top and let the view of the vast ocean sink in. It was incredible. Jamie and I shared a conversation about how this trip has influenced our lives already and what we are going to do when we return home in August. We both agreed that the best moments we have experienced on this trip will be hard to tell others about, so we are going to show them.

After Jamie and I went aloft, I realized the number of socks and leggings I had were slowly depleting and that after you wear clothes for a number of times (hmm say 6 or 7) they start to smell pretty bad. I was not the only one to realize this and we decided the only way to fix this problem (besides throwing our clothes away) was to wash them.  Therefore, we got some wash buckets and dawn soap and scrubbed away. The Cramer is now surrounded with ropes covered in clean socks and underwear. We all hope that our clothes will dry before the sun goes down! 

Lastly, and most importantly, the sun has provided us with a great environment to learn. We had class right in the sunshine and everyone was able to take notes without a fear of them getting wet. In the warmth, we walked circles around the boat, quizzing each other on the locations of each and every line. (Apparently, we are going to have some sort of race/quiz on them soon so we have all been studying hard.) With the beautiful weather, we are able to put up many more sails so all of the lines are beginning to come together and make sense. The crew has been giving us all many more responsibilities around the boat so we are able to put what we learn in to action. My watch (B watch) has furled the JT 4 times already! (That means we climbed onto the netting at the front of the boat, pulled the sail down, and tied square knots to hold it in place). Being on the front of the boat with the waves rocking beneath me had my adrenaline pumping. It was a truly wonderful feeling. I hope the sunshine continues but I know that if it does not we will continue to do and learn new things.

All of these experiences I have just shared are only a fragment of all the incredible things we’ve done this trip. I look forward to the rest of our journey ahead and with what I have learned thus far, I feel as ready as ever. (I mean now that I have clean laundry I can do anything)

Enjoy the sunshine,

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