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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
August 15, 2015
The Last Stand
Final Position in Mallorca, Spain
39° 33.9’ N / 002° 38.4’ E
Final taffrail log for transit from Cadiz to Mallorca, Spain
529 nautical miles
Mostly cloudy all day long with spurts of rain, 21°C
Hello from the eastern hemisphere! The Cramer is well on her way to Mallorca, with only a few hours left until we pull into our dock. The past week has been quite the voyage. We have sailed through the Strait of Gibraltar, set every sail in a 24 hour period and even used the emergency tiller for practice. The ship’s company carries a variety of sailing experience in addition to new and old alumni (Eli and Nina from C-261 and Tom from W-26). The experience really shows during safety drills and sailing maneuvers. Experienced hands move confidently through the lines, setting and striking sails with speed and flow. Even though students are not on board we continue the same schedule, class happens every day with a navigation, weather and science report. Even during crew transits, the Cramer is still a teaching and training vessel.
Yesterday something very special happened. We had a swim call. For as much time as we spend looking at the sea onboard, we spend very little time in it. As the swells calmed and the wind held back, the crew indulged in some open Med swimming. Cramer rolled over the swells as I pushed off the end of the bowsprit, looking down for a brief second before my feet hit the piercing deep blue sea (approximately 2500 meters in depth). The “pool” was only open for 15 minutes, but it was 15 minutes of smiles, laughter and satisfaction. During our swim session we even spotted a green turtle, but no worries-there was nothing bigger, or fiercer than that.
A watch took their last stand together on deck at 0700 with Willy, Farley, Eric, Tom, JJ, Clare and me. The watch started off innocently enough-motor-sailing through calm seas and a light breeze. Sometime late morning the puffy white happy clouds off to the north east started mulling over and turned dark and ominous. Soon enough rain spotted the teak deck only to turn to daggers as the wind picked up to 40kts. It started raining sideways as we struck the forstays’l. The waves picked up from all directions as we fought our way into the half-drenched foulies. The seven of us stood together on the quarterdeck, our squall-faces in full action as we squinted into the headwind against the needles of rain and wind. Despite the heavy weather and alertness, there were smiles all around. It’s not every day you take a ship through a squall with 40+kts of gust. The weather passed just in time for the watch change and the mountains of Mallorca peaked through the clouds. We pulled into dock around 1600 where we have already started to prepare for the next month at yard-an adventure all in itself.