SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 05, 2017
Counting Down to Bermuda
30° 2.3’N x 065° 10.4’ W
Description of location
North Sargasso Sea
Speed over ground
Weather / Wind
Today we got hit with some winds (Force 5-6), a stark difference from the calm of yesterday. Though I’m still running off the high of going aloft yesterday (truly the most incredible view in the world – definitely a trip highlight), I couldn’t imagine climbing the mast in these waves, and the winds are only supposed to get stronger. That being said, I don’t have a lot of pictures so I’m just going to share this cool one from yesterday! (@mom – I’m the person out on the course yard).
To deal with the winds, we brought down the mainstays’l because Finn, our bosun, spotted some tears he wanted to fix before the winds got any stronger. To tie up the sail however, I had to climb on top of the lab roof which was an adventure in itself with the boat rolling side to side.
Class today was our lab practical, which was probably the most fun exam I’ve taken yet. Tasks included tying a bowline knot (which I got extra credit for since I tied it behind my back) identifying different Sargassum species, and figuring out what was wrong with the Neuston net setup (what we use to collect Sargassum).
Tomorrow is the first swizzle (aka boat party) to celebrate our upcoming arrival to Bermuda, and Anna and I are MC-ing the event. We spent a lot of time today brainstorming funny transitions (largely consisting of boat-specific renditions of classics like Brittney Spear’s “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”) to explain the struggles of dawn watch as well as collecting Sargassum. Really looking forward to performing them tomorrow !
Anyways, all in all, the days are jam-packed with Watches, class, and molecular work for our research projects (with a little sleep here and there). We’re all really looking forward to pulling into Bermuda in two days!
Quick shout out to my mom: hope you are doing well and got the flowers I sent you. I’m having a really good time and am only mildly sea sick. I love you! Can’t wait to talk to you soon.