SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
June 11, 2014
C253 Web Blog - 11 June 2014
41° 32.4’N x 046° 48.8’W
Cloudy and rainy
So we have been at sea for a little over a week now and we are slowly getting more and more responsibilities (for better or for worse). Yesterday instead of class, we did the line chase. Meaning we split up into our watches and in relay form each person was given a line one at a time that they had to go find. A watch (consisting of me, Mo, Jackie, Hunter, Anna, Ben, Beckett, David, and Arianne) won the line chase but it was a good race and everyone did a phenomenal job. Supposedly, this means that we actually know all the lines on the boat now (although maybe we arent quite there yet). Anyway, along with knowing all the lines come more responsibilities on deck. Slowly but surely some people have been calling out the orders to set the sails and as a watch we began running the ship more independently, night and day.
Other things that we have on our minds here at sea consist of our papers, the lab practical that is this Friday, and learning to use the sextant. For those of us in the oceanography classes, our introductions and methods for our papers are due and we are starting to think about the data we have been collecting. The lab practical is something everyone has to do and it consists of basically knowing our way around the lab and the different deployments we have been doing. Using the sextant is over my head at the moment but it seems we are supposed to be able to get a fix from the sun or stars using it. This is an especially difficult task since the sun and stars have been covered by clouds the last couple of days. Speaking of the weather, last night was one of our coldest nights thus far, but at least it wasnt raining. As bad as the weather is sometimes, it only makes those smooth sailing sunny days even more enjoyable.
P.S. Here is a nice shout out to my parents, grandparents, brother (if you are reading this), other family members and anyone else I may know that is following the blog.