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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 30, 2015

The Calm after the Storm

William Botta, B Watch, University of Rhode Island

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

A view of the sunset off the bowsprit

Ship's Log

Noon Position
29° 10’N x 65° 26’W

Description of location
210 nm from Bermuda

Ship Heading

Ship Speed

Taffrail Log
626 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Clear with some clouds, Westerly Winds slowly decreasing, Storm Tris’l, Stays’ls, Tops’l, and Jib

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
None, but a lot of birds including an osprey!

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs
5 Clumps

Souls on Board

Ahoy landlubbers and all of you wonderful people interested in SEA Semester Class C-259! Today started out slow but then started to grow! We'd spent the previous 24 hours hove to, where we set sails such that our lovely Cramer does a very slow zigzag in the ocean without really moving forward. It's a great way to put on the brakes in order to avoid the rough weather surrounding Bermuda and the rough winds and seas that have been giving us a hard time as of late. However, it doesn't give us much to do on watch due to leaving the sails up at specific angles and locking the helm down. We put up the storm tris'l about half an hour into my morning watch and that's about all the action we had for the next five hours.

Luckily, right at the end of watch, the wind started slowing down and the boat started rocking less, so we gybed, reset the sails, and raised the tops'l altogether right at the end! What an exciting end to watch and a great hope for the rest of our trip as we started sailing forward again.

After taking our lab practical today, we decided to play a ship-wide game that should increase the paranoia on board for the next few days. We are calling it "Ship Clue" where each player gets assigned a person, a place onboard, and an object. The goal is to catch your target in the place onboard in close proximity to the assigned object. If you do, they are out of the game and you acquire their target. The last person standing is the winner! It should be a fun time for all. At the time of writing this two people have been caught: Robbie was caught by Robert who was in turn caught by Ryan.

Yesterday I was Assistant Steward, where I woke up a little later than the rest of my watch and spent the entire day in the Galley with our wonderful Steward Lauren. It was the most relaxing day I've ever had, like baking cookies with mom back home but on a larger scale. I made a wonderful snack of scones, followed by buffalo wings for afternoon snack, then Fettuccine with the Botta family recipe for sauce and white forest cupcakes for dessert. I must say, I wouldn't mind being steward for a day again, but everyone else has to have a turn too or else it wouldn't be fair.

All in all I am thoroughly enjoying my time here on the SSV Corwith Cramer, lack of sleep and all, though I finished my book and have to search for another on board. Maybe the Hobbit after Anthony finishes reading it.

Shout out to my loving parents for letting me go on this great adventure and to my wonderful girlfriend Kelsey for being so supportive. To her, Wade, and the rest of the URI Rhody Ridgebacks quidditch team, good luck on finals! I think of you all every day that I am here. Fair winds and keep a weathered eye on the horizon!

Eternally yours,

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c259  sailing • (2) Comments


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#1. Posted by Vicki Botta on May 02, 2015

I am so enjoying these blogs and hearing about your adventure. The vocabulary and vernacular tell me how immersed you all have become and it’s like I am there. God bless you all and keep you safe. Enjoy the rest of your wonderful journey!
Vicki Botta

#2. Posted by Joan & Roger on May 03, 2015

Enjoy reading all your wonderful and informative blogs…we feel like “armchair sailors” but without the sea spray. Our nautical vocabulary increases daily! A special hello to Will, our “second son.” Safe travels and Godspeed.



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