SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
December 07, 2014
Field day, Afternoon watch, Annette and Whist
15°34’ N x 57° 07’W
Description of location
210NM NE of Barbados
295° Per steering compass
Ship Speed (knots)
Taffrail Log (nm)
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Sky 1/8 Altocumulus, Winds SExE Force 2, Seas SExE 2-4ft, Sailing on a port tack under all fore and aft sails (Jib Tops’l, Jib, Forestays’l, Mainstays’l, Fishermanstays’l, and Main)
Marine Debris Observed last 24hrs
2 small pieces in our neuston tow
Sargassum Observed last 24hrs
Visible throughout day. Lots of clumps and fragments, no windrows.
Hello! This is Kevin, the third mate of the SSV Corwith Cramer. I am lucky enough to have an opportunity to tell you all about life aboard the Cramer today! I am the watch officer for A watch, and we stood the six-hour afternoon watch today. Sunday is a busy day aboard the Cramer, because if you haven’t heard, we have field day in the afternoon. It involves candy, dance parties, music and cleaning the entire ship. The Cramer is much better off for all the hard work everyone put in to cleaning her today!
Also on afternoon watch, one of my fellow A watchers, Emma Hayward, hailed the Annette, a 150m cargo ship from Rotterdam, on our VHF radio. The crew onboard the Annette was kind enough to answer the many questions A watch had for them. They were 6 days from Venezuela heading for home in ballast (meaning they didn’t have any cargo). They typically travel at 18-20 knots and they have a crew of 15 (mostly from Germany and the Philippines). They carry heavy cargo and they really like tall ships! After sailing for close to 3000 miles out of sight of land, it is exciting to hear new voices!
After all of that excitement the crew lined up to try and catch the green flash. It was a really clear horizon except for one tiny little cloud that just managed to get in the way of the setting sun! Even though we missed the green flash, we all enjoyed a really nice sunset. On that subject, I have noticed people gazing off at the horizon more and more these last few days. Land is not far off on the western horizon now, and I think that is causing more introspective looks from the people on the bow. For myself, well, part of me is excited for landfall, but an equal part is having such a wonderful time out here with this great crew that I would just as soon keep sailing! I believe my shipmates share my sentiments.
I will wrap this up by saying the best part of Field Day comes afterwards: eating pizza (I definitely ate too much steak and bacon pizza—Thanks Nina!) and then playing whist, one of our most popular onboard card games (I won!). Hi everyone back in Boston and Newport and everywhere else. Special hello to Mom, Grandma and Grandpa, I love you guys, see you soon!