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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
June 15, 2015
Stronger than the Storm
43° 51.9’ N x 042° 15.9’ W
Western North Atlantic
Slightly cloudy but pretty warm, sailing under the tops’l and mains’l
Today the storm has finally past, and we welcomed in the new, warm weather. We actually had several sea turtle sightings from people such as Bones, our voyager on this trip who helps out in watches and makes beautiful drawings of the creatures we see. Today, he wrote a haiku about his experience seeing the sea turtle:
“Standing forward watch
‘A sea turtle!’ he cried out
Life on the ocean.
Also today we had a bit of an arts and crafts (a.k.a. marlinspike) session, where we learned how to splice (tie a single rope into itself) and whip (preventing lines from fraying), as well as a decorative knot that can be braided into bracelets, which several people are currently doing. This was all taught by our mates, and was followed by amazing pineapple pound cake made by Jen and Sarah H.
Currently sitting in the main saloon, writing this as the table sways back and forth with the waves beneath my notebook, really makes this adventure so surreal to me. It took a little while for all of us to adjust, but looking back at the past 2 weeks makes me see what a truly wonderful experience this has been so far. You can tell everyone is feeling the same way, since if you ask anyone how they’re doing, there is always a smile across their face. Yes, sometimes those morning wake ups at 0300 are hard, but I feel that I speak for everyone when I say we wouldn’t trade this for the world. The overall experience, from the science to the sail theory is so unique and I could have never imagined in my dreams being able to go on a journey such as this. I feel myself savoring every second of the day, because to not would be missing out on so much. The lovely dinners that we have, where we laugh so hard over the crazy nicknames we make for each other, as the food is lifted towards us by our tables. Great times where we have over 5 people on a single line, sweating it, yelling “2, 6, heave!” and all throw our bodies in to get as much slack out as possible. Those great times where sometimes, we don’t have enough people on a line, like this morning, where Maria and I were struggling on an outhaul, so to compensate we both jumped up, grabbing the line, and pulling it down with us as we fall to the deck, laughing at how silly we must have looked.
These moments are the ones I will never forget, and I’m sure I won’t, since I find myself subconsciously writing out 10 pages in my journal each night. The pictures we are able to capture are amazing, and we are all looking forward to sharing them all with one another at the end of this trip, but they can never compete with some moments. Moments such as the Milky Way galaxy swirling thousands of stars above our heads as we discuss deep questions, like is there life on other planets. I am so thankful that those memories will forever be etched into my mind, when a camera just could not do them justice.
P.S. Just wanted to say hello to all my family and friends back home that I really miss! I’m having an amazing time, and I can’t wait to see you all when I get back home! Special shout out to my parents. I love you guys and please say hi to Paco and Molly for me!
Message in a Bottle:
“Still alive. It’s beautiful out here!” - Rebecca