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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

March 10, 2015

You can’t count on the sea, But you can count on your crew

Colin Terry, George Washington University

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Ship's Log

Location
Anchored in Prince Rupert’s Bay off of Portsmouth, Dominica

Ship Heading (degrees)
071

Ship Speed (knots)
Anchored

Taffrail Log (nm)
1084.1

Weather
Gale force winds and occasional sun showers throughout the day – gusting above 40 knots. 

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
0

No Sargassum

Souls on Board

I began my day at a lovely 0420. I was helpfully encouraged to bring a foul weather jacket to my watch. I would come to cherish that advice as I was greeted by solid 28-30 knot winds with gusts reaching near fifty. But before I arrived on deck (sleeping semi-comfortably in my bunk), I had no idea that we pulled in our starboard anchor and began a controlled drift that extended one nautical mile from our original anchorage in Prince Rupert’s Bay. In addition to that, we had motor tacked and performed this maneuver once before I even arrived on the scene.

This circumstance was one of the most enlightening situations I’ve had at sea. It was finally put into perspective for me that even during what should be a low stress moment (conceptually anchor=security), the crew is constantly acting in the best interest of everyone aboard and sacrificing their extra sleep and energy for each other. I realized that when I’m fast asleep, my fellow students and crew members have my back.

To a certain extent, everyone is here for their own reasons. Some are here to find themselves. Others are here to explore unfamiliar territory. (And others might be here for the epic haircuts.) Despite our motivations for being here, this ship binds us together.

Although there are 34 people in a confined space, it never seems to lack privacy. The level of respect that I have for my fellow sailors is incredibly high. During our port stop today, a group went ashore to explore the capital of Roseau and the southwest regions of Dominica. There were still roughly 20 people on board, but it felt empty. I think one of the greatest points of emphasis here is that strength increases in numbers (especially when hauling away on the main sheet). If you give everything you have to the Cramer, she’ll give it back.

And to finish with a quote (Thanks Annie):

I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the facts that the sea changes, and light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it’s an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to sea – whether it is to set sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.” - JFK

Love to everyone at home
Take care,
Colin

P.S. Happy Birthday to both Sarah S. and Sarah T. on board! I hope we’ve made it special for you.

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#1. Posted by Becky on March 11, 2015

I can’t take it anymore.  I am running out of Kleenex.  Each blog increases my admiration for every one of you.  What an experience !!  The level of commitment ... increased camaraderie ... the thrill that comes from testing your limits. I literally weep with joy.

Shout out to the professional crew for the training of our children and the safety record of your program.


#2. Posted by Brett on March 12, 2015

So glad you’re having a wonderful time, Colin!!

We love and miss you so much!!

Love,

Dorr, Brett, Georgia, and Charlie xoxo


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