Current position of the SSV Corwith Cramer. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers.
SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
23° 00.8’ N x 056° 59.2’W
560nm from Puerto Rico, 800nm from South America, 1300nm from Cape Cod
Wind and seas ExS, force 1. Few cumulus and altostratus clouds.
Main & Fore Stays’ls.
Welcome to the tropics! On this fifth of November the Cramer and her crew crossed the Tropic of Cancer, this invisible line circling the globe at 23° 30' N. This event (celebrated by as many aloha shirts as I could encourage people to wear) was one I was looking forward to for some time, and this for a few reasons.
Sailing in the tropics has a quintessential aspect to me - a notion that this is how life at sea ought to be. The particular smell of sunscreen, a particular shade of ocean blue, the easy life in shorts and the good honest heat and fair weather are all things I am excited to share with those who've never been here before. But entering the tropics is also a testament to how far we've already traveled, from a place where sea surface temperature was 10° C colder and one wore 5 more layers on evening watch. We are on our way to complete our crossing of the Sargasso Sea and enter into a more tropical water mass where we will discover a new oceanic zone and hopefully ride the trade winds further and further south.
Several of us were commenting this morning on how spectacular the celestial sights have been for us lately. Between rainclouds on the horizon and moonlit rainbows, glorious sunrises and immaculate midnight stars, we have been treated indeed to a wonder of weather phenomena and celestial bodies in recent days. Undoubtedly one of my favorite aspects of life at sea, the attune-ness of every person to the rhythms of the sun, moon and stars at sea is both grounding and exhilarating. Tonight being no different, I stepped from the brightly lit lab onto deck to a quiet sighting of an extraordinarily large, full, orange rising moon. Can't wait for the sunrise in the morning.
PS: Happy birthday Dad! Hope you had an amazing day, see you soon! Love, G