SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
August 02, 2014
At dock in Cadiz, Spain
Doug here. Wow. What an amazing trip. Although I’ll hold back my sentimental rant, it is tough to not feel nostalgic as I think back on the times we’ve had over the past month. We met as strangers in Cork, Ireland (many of us never having set foot on a tall ship or any kind of sailing vessel before), and ended up 2,000 miles away in Cadiz, Spain as a cohesive sailing family. The success of our trip is no doubt due to the fantastic job that our staff members did. On behalf of class C-254, I’d like to thank Captain Elliot, Professor Dan, Mates Will, Dan, and Sara, scientists Maia, Erika, and Juliana, our Engineer Tom, our steward Lauren, and our three interns Kelly, Marty, and Laura. We couldn’t have hand picked a better staff. On that note, I would also like to point out the job that the students of C-254 did. We persevered through two essays and a concept map presentation, not to mention a rigorous shore component, all the while learning how to sail and navigate this beautiful ship down the Atlantic.
As our last hoorah, we had swizzle tonight. Swizzle is more or less a talent show held on the last night as a group. Everyone participated whether it was through a solo act or by means of an all-hands game. Buckley and Marty did a great job hosting the show. The act that brought down the house was definitely the grand finale by our musically talented engineer Tom. Tom is a proud (and rightfully so) banjo player. In fact, in Lisbon, Tom joined a local Fado (type of Portuguese music) group for a night and contributed his banjo and voice in the local bar. Tonight, he led us through his own interpretation of classic songs, the last being the good ole’ national anthem. The entire show was very funny and everyone had a great time.
So this is it, the trip I’ve been looking forward to for the past five months is over and I could not be more satisfied. The friends I’ve made, the academia I’ve learned, and the experiences I’ve had will stay with me for a lifetime. Couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of C-254!
For the last time,