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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

November 22, 2015

Life at sea is SWELL

Emma Wightman, A Watch, Roger Williams University

Our home for the next month looking great as ever on the high seas

Ship's Log

20° 23.6’ N x 027° 36.1’ W

Description of location



759.4 nm

Weather / Wind
Clear skies, force 5 winds out of the NE

Souls on Board

Hello friends, realtives, strangers, aquantainces, people you met that one time at a party, and people who just stumbled on this blog by accident. It’s been a lovely week underway on the SSV Corwith Cramer! The past few days have been somewhat sporty (shoutout to Captain Jason for the term) with hazy skies, high winds gusting to a Beaufort force 7, and massive swells that have rocked us all night and day! Yesterday, we even had a wave crash over deck and spill in to the aft cabin which isn’t the most ideal situation. But the weather today is beautiful! Winds at a force 5, bright blue clear skies, and smiling faces all around. The swells are still hitting pretty hard, but it’s kinda fun- like being on a rollercoaster on which you have no idea what’s going to happen next. And the tropics are treating us well- since we passed over the Tropic of Cancer on Thursday we have had warm days and nights perfect for tank top wearers and bare-footers like myself. The past few days have also given rise to some impressive Hawaiian shirts in celebration of our crossing.

My favorite thing about sailing so far is everything.

The stars at night are so bright and bountiful, more luxurious and jaw-dropping than I have ever experienced in all of my 20 years on this planet. We see Venus, Mars, and Jupiter every night. I can hardly even recognize Orion because there are so many other stars in the way to look at. Plus Scott, the first mate, is a star enthusiast and will talk about stars for hours during our evening- dawn watches. One could get lost in the stars out here if they weren’t careful! Almost as breathtaking as the stars is the bioluminescence that can be seen so crisp and clear as the waves break ahead of our bow. Tiny, shimmery spots of bright blue in the white wake and dark waves almost form their own constellations, the very universe reflected in these small zoops. Even during the day though, the experience is indescribable. Wave after wave of endless turquoise; copepod after copepod counted in the lab, a bountiful and omnipresent sky. 

As hard as it has been trying to adjust to this life, missing my people back home, and not being able to get enough of G-Watch’s cookies, this really is incredible. I found myself saying frequently, and my shipmates can attest to this, “This is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen/done/experienced” while talking about one thing, or another, or simply everything!

Katie Lyon would like to wish her father a happy birthday! 

I wanna give a big shout out to the Wightman clan back home, I miss and love you guys! Without your support I could never be where I am today. P. S. Happy belated birthday dad, ya old fart. Also wanna shoutout to the amazing Shmatty K, love ya bunches.

peace out

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c263  sailing  science  life at sea • (5) Comments


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#1. Posted by Mary Enright on November 23, 2015

Looks beautiful!  Not like land will be anytime soon!  An amazing journey for everyone, even we landlubbers!

#2. Posted by barbara clark on November 23, 2015

Hi to all—I have been reading these blogs for several years and I must say this latest group of students is pretty intrepid!  flying to the Canaries and for your first trip on the Cramer—28 days at sea (or is it 21?) anyway—- sounds like all are enjoying the adventure!  tell Janet its finally gotten cold enough in Houston to wear my Bering Air long sleeved shirt!  keep rocking and rolling and I wish you all a safe journey—Barbara (a/k/a Janet’s mom- smile

#3. Posted by Jennifer Kenyon on November 24, 2015

11/24.  Looks like you’re 1/4 the way across the Atlantic.  Mom and I enjoy reading the blog.  Wish we could see a picture of you occasionally. 

Will be missing you for Thanksgiving and wonder what you’ll have for a traditional meal.

Love Dad

#4. Posted by Judy Kando on November 29, 2015

Dear Emma,

Great post! Sounds like you are having a blast and learning a lot. Thanks for the post card. It did look beautiful there. Kevin and I would love to go and I can continue to work on my Spanish

#5. Posted by Colette's Dad on December 02, 2015

Hey Colette - Read your post. Maybe singing Elvis will fool the ship into thinking you’re older and saltier than your years. How about Blue Hawaii or Blue Moon or Blue Moon of Kentucky or Blue Suede Shoes or maybe even something blue-less. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures.
Love Papa



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