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February 20, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 20 February 2014

Meryl Friets

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The mates, interns and scientists demonstrating how to gybe, one of the only times we will ever be able to watch them work without our help!

Current Position
17° 44.2’‘N x 64° 16.1’‘W
Speed
average 3-4 knots
Heading
Course Ordered
Full and Bye Course Steered: 015
Weather
E x N winds at a force 4, E x N seas also a force 4, light cumulus cloud coverage, temperature 27° Celsius

Greetings from the Corwith Cramer! It is safe to say that this past week as been a whirlwind of information! As one intern put it, “just think of throwing spaghetti against the wall, eventually some of it has to stick and pretty soon you will have a whole wall of spaghetti.” My spaghetti wall is overflowing! We have come to agree that there is a whole dictionary dedicated to sailing terms. Things like striking and the jib and preparing to gybe once seemed like a daunting task, but it is now second nature. When our mates shout out an order, there is no longer a hesitation and awkward walk all the way around the ship trying to find the right lines or sheets.

Today in class, we learned about some creatures that surround us as we are sailing day and night through the great ocean. After we finished presenting, the crew had a surprise for us. We were given a scenario, and then proceeded to carry out the drill for practice in the event that an emergency were to take place. Today’s scenario started with a fire in the engine room. The minute the emergency alarm sounded, we jumped from our bunks, grabbed fire extinguishers and, as Anne so wonderfully put it, lurched up on deck. Each watch is assigned a specific task, A watch’s being the emergency response team. Each person in the watch has a different task, I headed to a fire house and began unraveling it and running it aft. With all watches doing a separate task, you can imagine that it gets busy up on deck. The drill proceeded on and we got word to prepare to abandon ship. Once again, we all knew exactly what to do and made our way to our life raft. Our immersion suits were handed out, and from there we waited for further instructions from the captain/crew. As our drill wrapped up, we gathered on the quarter deck to debrief and discuss the drill!

This crazy, yet AWESOME adventure just started, but it already feels like a lifetime ago that we left San Juan. Being on bow lookout at night and seeing only ocean for miles seemed daunting at first, but I have begun to see the beauty in it. It is very humbling. The stars are beyond gorgeous and I am starting to pick up some of the important navigational ones. Watching the sun rise and set is the cherry on top of the pie. As many of you know, sailing has been a dream of my mine for quite some time and it feels absolutely spectacular to be out on the vast ocean with the other 30 crew (who are all amazing I may add).

Best,
Meryl

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOPHIE!!! You made it to 18, enjoy girl. Hi mom and dad and all you others, miss you and love you!

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