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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

June 13, 2015

Whales, Dolphins, Field Day, and Aloft

Darcy Cogswell, B Watch, Trinity College

Transatlantic Crossing

View from aloft (Back: Clare, Aiden, Joseph. Front: 3rd mate Rocky, Sarah M., Raquel)

Ship's Log

Noon Position
44° 21.8’ N x 048° 50.8’ W

Description of location
East of Grand Bank

Ship Heading
105° PSC

Ship Speed
7 knots

Taffrail Log
1083.2 nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Fog, Winds SWxS Force 4, Sailing on a starboard tack under the four lowers, a single reefed main, and tops’l

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
More whales and Dolphins!

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs

Souls on Board

After sailing last night through a dense fog, we safely made it through iceberg alley and began yet another busy day aboard Cramer.  We also lost another hour of sleep last night as we have moved into a different time zone.  B Watch (aka Birthday Watch, aka Killer B’s)  began the day on morning watch from 0700 to 1300.  Not long after taking the deck, we  saw spouts in the distance and our deck wash was briefly delayed as we watched whales.  A little while later, two whales surfaced about half a boat’s length away from Cramer on the starboard side, and the whales were joined by dolphins!  We have seen an amazing number of dolphins (and whales) over the course of this trip.  At this point it would seem abnormal if a day passed without seeing at least a few dolphins.

Today is also field day, which means instead of class we took on the mung and cleaned Mama Cramer thoroughly. After being led in a game called “mingle” by Kelli, Aiden, and Raquel, we raised the cry of “Up with humans,
Down with mung!” and got to work.  I am happy to report that we emerged victorious over the mung.  We even ended field day with a brief dance party in the main salon.

After field day ended, B Watch was finally able to go aloft!  Inclement weather had kept us on deck the other days that we had planned to go. Shlee, our mate, led the way to the first platform on the foremast, followed by Ethan, Nolan, Darcy, Sarah H., Garrett, Fabia, and Doc.  It was amazingly awesome, but rather cold.  Also, we couldn’t see very far because we are still surrounded in fog.  B Watch takes the deck again tonight for mid-watch from 2300 to 0300.  Hopefully the fog will lift soon, and give us sunnier, warmer days. 

- Darcy

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Transatlantic Crossing, • Topics: c260  megafauna  sailing • (1) Comments


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#1. Posted by David Goldman on July 01, 2015


It sounds like the adventure of a lifetime. I’ve never seen a smile on your face as big as the ones in the pictures we saw of you. Congratulations on a wonderful journey to cap your graduation!



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