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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


March 08, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 08 March 2014

Gabrielle Page, Sailing intern

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Sunset in the Tobago Cays

Location
12° 38.3’’N x 61° 21.8’’W
Heading
At anchor
Weather
29 degrees, 2/8th cumulus cloud coverage

Dear families and friends: ahoy! Today we were lucky enough to reach another beautiful spot of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Less than 10 nautical miles NE of Union Island, the Tobago Cays are a set of small islets surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. It is said to be a stupendous snorkeling spot – a rumor we will investigate in person tomorrow.  The ship’s company worked hard to earn their time in such a beautiful anchorage. This morning, students and crew alike dived head first into field day – an intense, two-hour cleaning of the entire ship that’s filled with sponges, music and candy. It always amazes me how much dirt can be generated on a ship hundreds of miles from land, and yet the amount of it that we bust out during these cleaning sessions is what makes field day so satisfying.

After a quick rinse (of both ship and people) with the freshwater hose and a good lunch, we raised anchor and made our way to the Tobago Cays through their northern passage. We anchored off the three islets in this picture and ended our afternoon with a refreshing Sierra Charlie, otherwise known as a swim call. And yet the sun was too radiant, the clouds were too majestic and the islands too enticing for me not to want to take a better look. My camera firmly strapped to my harness, I climbed up the ratlines to the highest platform on the foremast where I was met with a breathtaking view. Looking up, I admired a gorgeous sunset over the main mast, the sun piercing through billowy clouds draped in pink and gold. Looking around me, I contemplated the spectacular view of a vast, peaceful ocean hugging green islands and softly breaking on delicate reefs. But it was probably looking down that the sight was most inspiring. Way below my feet, the ship’s company was working to secure our rescue boats and clean up the deck for the night. Teamwork commands and joyous chatter came to me as I watched my shipmates seamlessly perform the intricate choreography of life at sea: blending working and having fun.

From the top of the mast, I could see the ship as it is: a tiny floating shell in the immensity of the ocean. And yet this ship nurtures a fully functioning micro-society that not only sails hundreds and hundreds of miles, but that also allows its members to come closer and bring out the best in themselves. It has been said before and I will say it again, everyone is doing such a wonderful job at sailing us from port stop to port stop. I feel lucky to be part of such a crew!

- Gabrielle

PS: Immenses gros bisoux a toute ma famille qui me lit. Sending lots of love to everyone back home – I miss you guys!

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