SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 13, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 13 May 2014
40° N x 073° 30.2’W
Wind ENE F5, 9.5°C
Its our last full day sailing and the surrounding sea is giving a fitting farewell. Morning watch began with a large swell, soaking several of us. It wasn’t until this point that I realized foul weather gear may be a good idea for the 6 hours ahead of me. The temperature has also dropped consistently. I’ve started wearing pants for the first time in the four week trip. It is weather like this that makes me eager to land in New York.
I will certainly miss sailing, however. Another chance to do something like this may not come for a long time. One of the best parts of this program that may not get enough spotlight is the relationships formed amongst the crew and students. The stewards, for example, could easily be confused for sisters as they sing in the galley. The eel research group, of which the previous blogger belongs, seems to be so close that I sometimes forget they’ve only known each other a relatively short time. When one of them mentions their friends back home it actually takes me a moment to realize they don’t mean their two research partners.
The Corwith Cramer has been our home for just over four weeks. We have lived amongst each other in a working environment, but have felt more like a family with each day. Though I will certainly miss my life aboard mama Cramer, I am very excited to keep moving on. I’m also not completely over my fear of the ocean, despite what I‘ve been saying for the past two weeks.
Big Muscly Hugs,