SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
November 02, 2014
Laws of the Sea
32° 44.2’N x 16° 43.9’W
Alongside Canical, Madeira
Greetings, I am Chuck Lea the Chief Scientist aboard the Corwith Cramer for cruise C255. When we plan a cruise, the Law of the Sea requires us to submit a Request for Clearance to the State Department so that they can arrange for us to take Oceanographic samples in foreign waters. As a part of that request, the countries whose waters we are sampling are invited to send an observer so that they may become familiar with what we do. This has led to a variety of enriching exchanges over the years, and no less so on our first Global Ocean trip into the Mediterranean and eastern North Atlantic.
Mohamed Ali Geawhari was enthusiastic to join us and showed a willingness to overcome all challenges to get to Barcelona all suggesting that he would be a enthusiastic member of the crew. His good hearted response to the rigors of the program, his companionship on watch and during port stops made him a prime example of the observer, and a terrific shipmate. He has graced us with a lecture on his PhD research and told us of the wonders and nature of Morocco. I suspect his English has improved while aboard, it was backed up by Gabrielle’s occasional French translations, we did not strain his abilities in Spanish and Arabic. Indeed much of the communication came from the good will we felt for each other and in our common mission. It has been an honour for SEA to have him with us, and I look forward to more extraordinary exchanges. I will now let Mohamed speak for himself of his experiences.
First, this is above all an opportunity for me to express my gratitude to all members of the Corwith Cramer team.
When I was asked to write the blog, many images appeared in my eyes: the hospitality and friendliness of everyone on the boat, beautiful landscapes, rough seas and an ocean of deep blue color. I find myself unable to tell everything, it is impossible to describe such a pleasant experience.
It all started after the first day on the boat (October 1), I felt deeply encouraged, I started dreaming, why not be a scientist and sailor at the same time?
Here I am, the making knowledge does not take my much time, I felt the part of the Cramer family quickly. The crew of the vessel, without exception, are perfect mariners, sympathetic teachers, confident, secure, living well with a good cook, and these are only some of their good qualities. Far from land, we had very different days, sunshine and steady wind, some stronger wind and waves, as well. I became used to the boat and sailing.
And yet, I got seasick. It was a rather a painful, evil, nauseous, situation. It was difficult, but between the bouts I learned to anticipate the manoeuvres to be performed and to contemplate the landscape and with the help and encouragement of everyone on board, everything happened.
I was very lucky to live such an experience to sail with such good team, and enjoy a solid experience in sailing the sea.Thus I’m happy to be the first Moroccan and perhaps the first African and Arab sailing on SSV Corwith Cramer. I hope to return.