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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 23, 2015

Why do it?

Douglas Nemeth, Captain

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Above: Nina Whittaker, Captain Doug, Alex Leone in Douarnenez France. Below: Ship's company went out for crepes

Ship's Log

Noon Position
43° 27’N x 011° 07’W

Description of location
90 nm WNW of Cape Finisteere, NW coast of Spain

Ship Heading
260°

Ship Speed
5.5kts

Taffrail Log
768.4nm

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Sunny, Alto cumulus clouds, Breeze SW’ly F4-5, all fore-and-aft sails set

Souls on Board

Almost every decision I have made in life has been influenced by my inner voice calling out; “are you sure? What if…..? You could be….xyz. But maybe….....”. That’s just how I am wired. It could be described as indecisiveness or fear. I’m not talking about the decisions that I’m required to make as Captain of this vessel. Those decisions come quickly and with confidence. I don’t mean decisions that were made for me by my parents, educational institutions or persons of authority on the ships I have worked aboard. When it comes to making a genuine decision that affects me personally I am usually like a deer frozen in the headlights.

However; there was one major decision that I made a long time ago without any trepidation at all. I made a decision to pursue seafaring as a career, with its associated life-style, and I have never experienced a second thought about this choice. I have pursued seafaring with a passion that has exceeded my need for connection with family, friends and a life ashore. I have to honor my inner compass and it has generally served me; sometimes to the detriment of my personal life.

For those who have never experienced the serenity and beauty of the sea it may be hard to relate to this desire to just travel the seas; “hang out on a 134 foot sailboat with people you never met before”.  But we make it work with healthy principles such as respect for each other. We learn so much from each other; not just knowledge and skills, but relational skills, compassion and a real sense that we’re not the center of our world but an observer of the world.

The ocean has moods and a personality much like us. It can be tempestuous, calm, steady, dark, confused. It’s never the same from day to day. Its moods may not be in sync with ours aboard the ship; but sooner or later we do mirror the oceans moods! We’re very aware that we don’t control the ocean; it controls us.

So, on a sunny summer day such as today, sailing briskly under all fore and aft sail in a moderate sea-state with passing fluffy clouds, the ocean lifts all hands spirits and the collective mood on the ship mirrors this.

It’s always a privilege to serve SEA as Captain and I honor this as the high point in my seafaring career.

- Doug

PS: A big happy birthday shout-out to my twins; Christopher and Alexindra. I love you (Jenni too).

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Historic Seaports of Western Europe, • Topics: c261  sailing • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Chris wheeler on July 25, 2015

thanks doug!


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