SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
October 26, 2015
After Every Squall comes a (Double) Rainbow
33° 58’N x 11° 42’W
Eastern North Atlantic
Blue skies with some cloud coverage, currently a beautiful sunset over the Atlantic
It’s just about time for first dinner seating here on the Cramer as we nearly complete our fifth (!) full day underway to Madeira. The time has flown by so far on this leg and its difficult to believe that less than a week ago we were in Cadiz finally enjoying some good weather on our extra day in port. Sometimes it's hard to remember what day and time it is aside from knowing when your last watch ended and when your next will begin, but as the work is piling up its becoming apparent that our voyage is almost over!
Now that we’ve entered “Phase II” there’s been a lot more to do each watch and each day feels busier and more responsibility-filled than the last. It’s difficult to believe that just a few weeks ago I didn’t know how to tie a rolling hitch or how to strike the preventer or even how to properly gybe. Being deck shadow has brought me a lot of new knowledge and a lot of insight into what it means to have the responsibility of being the mate on duty. It's also brought me new skills like finding true wind, calculating CPA and TCPA for ships on radar, and knowing what different vessels’ lights say about their activity and maneuverability. Being lab shadow is always exciting and delegating the deployment of a Neuston tow by myself left me surprised at how much I’ve learned from the scientists on board and also how much I’ve taught myself.
During yesterday’s afternoon watch I was neither deck nor lab shadow and looked forward to a watch of steering at the helm, being on bow lookout and performing boat checks with minimal stress. Things seemed to be going as expected when some weather made itself known on our radar and developed as I made my way to rotate to the helm. Unfortunately without foulies and in nothing more protective than a light rain jacket, the squall hit as I tried to maintain our course. The “squall” was more of a torrential downpour that left me feeling quite wet, but someone needs to steer the ship and luckily the rain did not last long. Later, as I made my way to lookout, we spotted what might have been the brightest rainbow I’ve ever seen. Not only was it a full, bright rainbow, but there was a double rainbow (whoa!!) faintly visible, too. Though I didn’t get any cool photos of me catching it in a mug, I’ll never forget that post-squall sunset rainbow.
P.S. To all my family/friends, I’m missing you! MF, WF, GF, LF, and EM, I can’t wait to talk to you in a few days from Funchal. Sending my love xoxox.