SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 09, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 09 May 2014
35°35.3N x 068°44.9W
Hot and sunny, 25.5°C, Wind SSW Force 1, Seas WSW 2ft
It has been a momentous past few days aboard the Corwith Cramer. Todays and yesterdays weather were deceptively calm compared to the howling winds and 8-10ft seas we were greeted with last night. Weather does change fast at sea, particularly since we’ve left the tropics behind. The ever-changing conditions have been keeping us on our toes. Difficult to tell these days if its going to be hot and sunny or spraying and ominous when you wake up! In anticipation of the low pressure system we went through last night, we struck our mainsl and replaced it with a much smaller sail that is only set in high winds and rough seas - the storm trys’l. We have now as a crew set every sail on board momma Cramer.
Despite the variable nature of weather these days, we are expecting to cross an unmistakable seamark of the North Atlantic : the Gulf Stream. As we motorsail to the North-West we are starting to see signs of this massive warm current for example, the water temperature today jumped 4 degrees Celsius in a single hour. Maybe attracted to these warmer temperatures, a few dolphins greeted us this morning and played in the waves around our bow. The calming seas this afternoon allowed us to deploy the Neuston net, and processing of the tow showed that we caught several of the numerous clumps of sargassum floating on the ocean surface around us.
In this second leg from Bermuda to New York City, students are given an increasingly important role in leading the watches on deck and in lab. Now calling the sail handling maneuvers and leading scientific deployments, it is evident that they have learned an impressive amount over the past few weeks. It is a pleasure to see them rise up to new challenges day in and day out, on top of continuously working on all of their research, nautical, and policy assignments.
Speaking of challenges, after midwatch the other night, first mate Jullie joined us in making crepes for breakfast. Our game plan was to have 96 crepes ready for breakfast, sailor servings if you will. At 0400 we quickly realized we were only averaging 9 crepes an hour. No wonder they are never on the menu We didn’t quite hit our goal, but with a medley of sweet and savory crepes we satisfied the lot of sailor stomachs.
Brittany Mauer, 3rd scientist
Gabrielle Page, deckhand
PS: Cheers Mario, mom & dad, and family & friends back home! Thanks for your endless love and support! Cant wait to see you all soon! Lots of love, B.
PS PS: To my family and friends: Wow. Can’t wait to see and talk to you guys in a few days and tell you all about this adventure. Love! Gabs