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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 02, 2015

The Sunset’s Bearing

Sabrina Hutchinson, C- Watch, Hawai'i Pacific University

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

A beautiful sunset over the compass on Cramer's helm on our last night before docking in Saint Georges. photo credit: Robert

Ship's Log

Noon Position
31° 20.0” N x 65° 03.3” W

Description of location
SO CLOSE TO BERMUDA! (About 63 nm)

Ship Heading
330° PSC

Ship Speed
Mostly Hove To or averaging about 2 knots

Taffrail Log

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Winds blowing Beaufort Force 5 to 6, intermittent squalls, sailing or hove to under the Mainstays’l and Storm Trys’l

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs
More Sargassum natans clumps and fragments

Souls on Board

I can't believe we're already almost halfway done with our sea component. The past two weeks have been absolutely phenomenal - we have all gained so much knowledge in such little time. From the nautical science aspect of our studies we have mastered (for the most part) the ship's lines, how to steer "Mama Cramer", and celestial navigation. In the scientific research department we have all completed our lab practicals, proving to the assistant scientists that we understand how to deploy our scientific instruments, process the data, and properly label and log everything that happens in the lab.

The weather sailing through the Sargasso Sea has been quite squally and swelly - waves have crashed aboard over the railings (thank goodness for foul weather gear, aka 'foulies'!), it has rained sideways, and the wind has been near-gale force, blowing out our forestays'l. Sleeping is one of the most difficult aspects of this voyage so far - half the time it feels like you're going to fall out of your bunk! Our Captain introduced the practice of "tacoing" our mattress by stuffing extra gear (such as boots, luggage, towels) under the inboard portion of our bunks in an attempt to wedge ourselves closer outboard to reduce the rolling effect. Standby to hear about how successful it is.

We ended the night (and basically the first leg of our sail track) with a 'swizzle' - a sort of party including dress up, swizzle drink (fizzy orange concoction), and talent acts. The entire ship's company gathered on the quarter deck, cheers-ing Neptune and Robbie and Robert, the visiting scientist and UARV pilot that will be leaving us in Bermuda. As the sun set over the horizon, we enjoyed the time together off watch to relax. At 2000 (8 pm) Bermuda was spotted off of our starboard quarter, bringing home the fact that in just a few short hours we will be dockside in St. George's, Bermuda. Our plan is to meet a pilot boat to help guide us into the harbor at 0815 and arrive dockside by 0945 to then clear customs and begin to explore the island!

An overall summary of the past two weeks: there has been much sleep lost, few showers taken, and many blisters and boo-boos acquired, but in the end it's all worth it - we're gaining valuable and unforgettable experiences and memories out here in the big blue Atlantic Ocean.

- Sabrina

P.S. - A quick shout out to my sisters and parents - my phone is still somewhere in Puerto Rico, but I have arrived in Bermuda safely. To Natalie, John, and Patrick, I miss you guys like crazy and can't wait to come back and see you! This experience is everything I thought it would be and more - I love you all and can't wait to tell you all about it.

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#1. Posted by Lexi on May 06, 2015

Bean!! This all looks AMAZING! After reading all these entries, I think you are crazy for undertaking this adventure, but I know you must be having the time of your life. I cannot wait to hear all about this voyage, and am excited to see photos, and you! Fair winds, smooth sailing, and any other well wishing nautical phrases to you and the rest of the crew onboard the Corwith Cramer!!

#2. Posted by Mads! on May 15, 2015

BEANNNNNN!! Ditto to all that Lex said! Very proud of all you are accomplishing, including title of “Most BadAss Hutchinson”. I can’t wait to hear all about it when you return!

Enjoy each and every second that is left. Take endless mental pictures, log the way you felt inside, and prepare to fully dish all the deets when we next talk!

Love you!!



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