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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer

December 10, 2017

Day 15 of 28: Halfway there!

Zoya Buckmire, C Watch, St. George’s University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

The Cramer in the distance as we return from a snorkel mission at sunset

16°48.193’N x 062°12.692’W

Anchored, NE of Montserrat

660 nm

Souls on Board

So there I was, in 10 ft. waves sailing North in the surprisingly rough waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Cramer was performing all sorts of acrobatics and the gimbled tables in the salon were swinging wildly from side to side. Having just left our 4-day port stop in St. Vincent, most of us hadn’t regained our sea legs yet. We were having a hard enough time focusing on standing watch when, suddenly, a squall hit. Rain, wind, waves – it was chaos.

Fast forward 4 days, though, and we’re safely (and calmly) anchored off the beautiful island of Montserrat. Two things I learned very quickly on this trip are that situations can change in a heartbeat, so adaptability was key; and that the body can get used to just about anything given enough time, whether it was living on a boat or standing on solid ground again (it was still very funny to me that we felt “land-sick” during our first time ashore).

This experience, though not at all what I imagined, has been gratifying in so many ways. I learned more about sailing and the ship than I thought possible in two short weeks, and I’m so much more comfortable snorkeling and doing surveys than I was when we started. I’ve visited two countries that I’ve never been to before (with two more to come!) and experienced, even briefly, different cultures and environments. And, of course, I’ve made the most of our (limited) downtime, from reading a good book in the fading light of sunset, to moonlight jam sessions, to an unexpected swim call on Friday afternoon.

It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through this trip, but I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of it!

- Zoya

P.S. Hey Ma, Daddy and Josh! See you soon!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c276  life at sea  port stops  caribbean.  study abroad • (0) Comments
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