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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

November 16, 2015

First Day at Sea

Jennifer Kenyon, Louisiana State University

Students and crew don emergency submersible suits during safety training on their first day aboard the Corwith Cramer.

Ship's Log

Noon Position
27° 22.3’ N x 015° 59.2’ W

Description of location
Just SW of Gran Canaria

ExN, Force 5

69.8 nm

Souls on Board

After being trapped in port by massive cruise ships obstructing our way out to sea, C-263 is finally underway! It has been a whirlwind of a day. At roughly 2230 last night, the Cramer crew hurriedly made their way out of port in between cruise ship arrivals and departures. We waved goodbye to the bright lights of Gran Canaria, and sailed into the black, starry night. I thought that I would be nervous and scared, but when we finally left port I was overcome with excitement and enthusiasm for our adventure to come.

Since departure, operations aboard the Cramer have been running like clockwork. Clear, beautiful skies and good winds have transported us around the island of Gran Canaria. Students seem to be working harder than they have ever worked before, yet morale is high and everyone is excited to be in the open blue (which is the most wondrous shade of blue I have ever seen)! It has been almost unreal how much we have learned about sailing, each other, and ourselves within the past day.

At 1430 today we had our first class period, which was spectacularly interrupted by dozens of dolphins swimming along the hull of the ship! That, coupled with beautiful weather and good company, has made for a great first day at sea. For those wondering about sea sickness, it seems that overall we are all holding up fantastically in that regard as well.

Finally, I would like to send my love to the folks rooting for me across the pond: my parents, Meghan, Claudia, and Patrick. The latter of whom I would like to wish a very special early birthday! I love you all and miss you more than you could ever imagine!

Signing out,

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c263  life at sea  megafauna • (5) Comments
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#1. Posted by Tanya McGowan on November 17, 2015

Geaux Sailing Tigers!  Tracking your wonderful journey.  Am a LSU anesthetist and female sailor.  Sending prayers from USA!! God Bless!

#2. Posted by Jennifer Kenyon on November 18, 2015

Seems like you are really on your way! Mom and I enjoyed your blog of 16 Nov. Mom still worries about you being up high on the rigging but she never worried about my jumping out of airplanes.  Go figure!  Love Dad 11/18.

#3. Posted by B. Ellwood on November 20, 2015

Be SAFE!!!

#4. Posted by Claudia Mazur on November 20, 2015

As I sit here in class, I cannot help and think about the awesome time you are having out at sea. I’m a little jealous to say the least. Looking forward to your next blog post!

#5. Posted by Ammar Banafea on March 23, 2016

waw, this is an amazing experience. I am now following the story of your journey. Best of Luck Jennifer, and be safe.




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