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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
December 16, 2019
Welcome to Antigua!
Falmouth Marina, Antigua ,17° 00.8’ N x 061° 46. 3’ W
27C, mostly clear skies, winds east/F3
Ahoy readers! It’s Liz from Missouri State again (Go Bears!). Today, December 16, started in Montserrat with A Watch on the deck from 0700 to 1300. The crew woke to the smell of bagels and lox that Izzy and Jamie made for us. Watch was exciting to say the least, with a squall that brought out our full foul weather gear, even the pants! I could barely see the compass from the helm, which is only a few steps away. The skies quickly changed to the beautiful Caribbean weather we have gotten used to, just in time for the students to call the striking and furling of sails. I got to call the striking of the forestays’l, which made me feel very official shouting “haul away on the downhaul!” and “tend the sheet as needed!”—things normally said by our A Watch officer, Tristan.
We docked in the beautiful island of Antigua, surrounded by a plethora of mega-yachts that make us feel a little bit dirty (we don’t smell that bad…at least some of us). To add to our excitement and the smell, today was field day part 1 (part 2 for tomorrow). Each field day, A Watch is on galley duty and, for me, that includes the oven! Since this field day was a half day, B Watch joined us, so packed in the galley were me, our steward Cody, our reef expert Kersten, and my good friends Izzy, Rikki, and Sabrina. I do enjoy field day no matter how gross it can get. There is something satisfying about seeing the grime wiped away. After a week of cooking, the oven can build up a lot of grime. By the end, I think I was as dirty as the oven had started. Sorry Mom and Dad, my days of cleaning ovens start and end on the Cramer.
After field day, we had a reef debrief and class. We have finished our reef surveys, so as a class we reflected on what we saw, what went well, and what could have gone better. It was nice to realize that, as a class, our reef surveying skills have grown from where we started only a few weeks ago in St. Croix. Ben took the deck next to teach us about the history of Antigua and Barbuda, surrounded by a beautiful sunset on the water.
With only a week left, the students are trying to wrap up our various projects and not think about the fact that we will all have to depart each other. Everyone is excited to go home to families and pets, but not ready to leave the family created at sea.
Shout out to my family and friends at home, can’t wait to see you soon!
- Liz Harris, Missouri State University