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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer

June 25, 2014

C253 Web Blog 25 June 2014

Meara Louise Cafferata, B Watch, Pacific Northwest College of Art


Mama Cramer Crusin’’ by Fastnet Rock Light. Photo Credit: Maia Theophanis

51°24.5’ N x 009° 04.1’ W
072° degrees true
5.5 Knots
6 knots of wind, cumulus and stratus clouds low on the horizon, 17.5°c

Hey y’’all, we found Ireland!  At approximately 0600 this morning we had our first sighting of land in just about three weeks.  Ocean ocean ocean ocean ocean ocean Ireland!  I woke up from my post mid watch ‘sleep of gender neutral royalty’ (also known as ‘sleep of Kings’) and immediately ran up on deck to find Ireland off the port beam.  It’s hard to describe the feeling of seeing Ireland after such an amazing journey to get here.  We always knew Ireland was our ultimate goal, but until we saw the rolling hills and epic cliffs overlooking the sea it was easy to forget just how far we have traveled.  We could have been doing circles in the mid Atlantic for all we knew (just kidding, we know how to navigate using stars).

We spent the morning sailing with all the fore and aft sails flying high and free for the first time in far too long.  After so many days without wind, nothing is better than feeling the boat heeling under sail. To celebrate we had a photo shoot to show off Mama Cramer in all her glory, with Ireland as her backdrop.  I climbed aloft with a few of my fellow ship mates to admire Ireland’s southern coast and Fastnet Rock from above.  It’s amazing how much your view changes with the simple addition of eighty vertical feet.  

At 0300 tomorrow morning commences our final mission on board the Corwith Cramer before we head up the River Lee and find ourselves dockside in Cork. This end of cruise challenge (presented to us by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or DFAT) will be putting us in charge of the boat and testing all the sail handling and science deploying skills we have acquired over the last month.  I can’’t divulge too much information about the events to come at the current time (mainly because it hasn’’t happened yet) but you only need wait (with baited breath) for the next blog post.

While writing this post I was interrupted by Ben jumping down in to the main salon saying ‘if you guys haven’’t seen the dolphins yet you gotta come up on deck, there are so many of them and they’‘re so close you could touch ‘em!’ We leapt up on deck, and up to the bow to find a group of dolphins playing in our bow wake.  You could see the scars in their grey bodies and hear their squeaks and chirps as they spoke to each other, and turned on their sides to watch us, watching them.  They dove and darted and spun in the water beneath our head rig.  Looking out over the ocean as far as you could see, there were dolphins leaping and diving.  There must have been over a hundred swimming with the Corwith Cramer, with the hills of Ireland behind them, fading into the blue tinted dusk. I suppose it says a lot that in the thirty minutes it has taken me to write this I was interrupted to witness one of the most amazing things I’’ve ever seen.

Sometimes I feel like this entire trip has been made up of moments just like that.

I’‘ll conclude by giving a quick “hey’o” to all y’‘all back state side who deserve a shout out.  I love you (even the grumpy cat) and miss you terribly, and I cannot wait to hear your voices and see your faces (even if it’s through a computer screen) when we make it to Cork. I’’m especially excited to meet all them chickens I’ve been hearing so much about when I get back to Maine.

Well, after a spectacular day of boat sailing, line hauling, rig climbing, project working, and so much laughing, I bid you farewell from the coast of Ireland.

- Meara

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