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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 06, 2020

Squalls, squalls, and… more squalls

Catherine Ayer, C Watch, gap year student


Above: Kerren and Alexis aloft on the lower yard; Below: Grand Turk Island

Ship's Log

Present Location
21° 28.2’ N x 071° 10.9’ W

Ship’s Heading, Speed and Sail plan
Hove-to under mainstays’l

Cloudy, Seas ESE 1 ft, Wind SE, but finally no squalls

Souls on board


Hello to all! We’ve had an interesting last 24 hours, especially on C Watch.

It seems that with a rotation of mates and scientists and now starting JWO/JLO phase the weather has also shifted. Not quite trial by fire, more so trial by rain. For I believe every single watch we have had with this new dynamic, C Watch has encountered at least one squall. Unfortunately that means that we typically do turnovers to A Watch in the rain. But one upside to all this interesting weather is that I have gotten to see my watch mates truly blossom as leaders and become more and more comfortable with leading the way for the rest of the watch.

From a different perspective, as I have now been both JWO and JLO, I have seen and felt the support of my entire watch behind me as I try to navigate new responsibilities. I think I can say that being JWO is definitely an adjustment for many. We now have to run the watch, and make our own decisions on what others should do. But I always know I can turn to others and ask for their ideas and help.

Another exciting thing that has happened is that we were able to go aloft!

It has been highly anticipated for much of this trip, and the day finally arrived. I for one am not a big fan of heights, but I made up my mind to do it. Climbing up the shrouds I was just focused on hand over hand, don’t let go. But once you reach the top you are greeted with beautiful views of Grand Turk Island, the ocean, and the Cramer below you. It was definitely worth the wait.

- Catherine Ayer, gap year student

PS: To Mom, Dad, Jordan, and the rest of my family: I love and miss you all, and I can’t wait to tell you everything. To my friends: I did it! And I only got seasick once, I swear.

Editor's Note: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all SEA Semester students, faculty, and crew aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer boarded the ship after strictly isolating on our Woods Hole campus for a minimum of two weeks, and after repeated negative tests for COVID-19. To ensure the health and safety of those onboard, the ship will not conduct any port stops and will remain in coastal waters so that any unlikely medical situations may be resolved quickly.


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Lori Novick-Carson on November 06, 2020

Thank you for the post! We hope the weather clears for you all. Good for you for going aloft! I’m wondering if Olivia was up there too. Enjoy the beautiful views.

#2. Posted by Rochelle Kruger on November 06, 2020

I too have been waiting for “aloft” day.  I must say my stomach did a flip seeing the 2 in the photo.  Being afraid of heights I send kudos to all of you.
We have been reading all entries and are thrilled at all you have learned and accomplished.  We look forward to your return.  Aileen, I can’t begin to tell you how much you are missed and loved.  Anna looks forward to meeting you.  XOXOXO. Gram

#3. Posted by Bex Putnam on November 06, 2020

Hi Norbert & crew! I am so so so happy you made it through the Bermuda Triangle! I was very worried. I hope you are having a BLAST and learning a lot about the ocean. Have you seen any sharks? How is the food (not a fat joke)?
Anyway, I miss my copy cat so much and am counting down the days till we are reunited and can fill each other in on our lives over the last month. I hope you are detached from all stressors and enjoying your semester at sea!

I really miss our letters but hopefully you get this message!
Bex smile

Also Andrea says hi!!!

#4. Posted by Valerie Tennant on November 07, 2020

What a photo! I’ve been waiting to hear when this amazing crew would get the opportunity to go aloft. Good for you, Catherine! I hope Sara was able to do the same! Wishing for better weather for the Cramer - stay safe and continue to have an awesome experience! With Love from Sara’s family xo

#5. Posted by Linda Ayer on November 07, 2020

Hi Catherine!! We loved reading your blog and are so proud of you for “going aloft!”  We follow the ship everyday and are so excited about all your adventures and the wonderful group of ship mates your have!
Miss you and love you so much! Dad, Mom, Jordan and Hailey

#6. Posted by Elisha Davidoff on November 07, 2020

Hi! I hope you all are having a lot of fun. We miss you Catherine and can’t wait to hear more about the trip when you get back.

#7. Posted by Will Spicer on November 07, 2020

Hey Ren, I hope your nautical adventures are going well. I hope you tell the gang all about the all the pirates you’ve faught along the way when you get back, we’re expecting only the finest stories. We all miss you and I hope you’re having a good time, I know excited you were about this trip and I hope its been worth the wait. Can’t wait to talk to you again, enjoy the rest of your trip.
Love you, Will

#8. Posted by Carter Calzini on November 07, 2020

Hi Ren, glad to hear from you and hope you are doing well. I hope you have a safe and fun rest of your trip. Can’t wait ‘till you get back!

Have fun out there,

#9. Posted by Debbie on November 07, 2020

Catherine, thank you for sharing part of your experience with us back home.  It sounds and looks thrilling, challenging, and beautiful.  What a unique learning and team building opportunity.  And I am glad you were only seasick once- that is such an awful feeling

#10. Posted by Thomas Piccione on November 07, 2020

If you’re reading this, it means you made it back to land and didn’t get eaten by a shark. Nicely done. Hope you had fun, and look forward to seeing you soon.

#11. Posted by BJ on November 09, 2020

Yay for Catherine, and best to all her shipmates!



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