SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
Halloween comes to the Corwith Cramer
30° 33.9’N x 060° 19.5’W
S. Sargasso Sea, Southeast of Bermuda
4.6 Knots (Not currently motoring)
Jib Tops’l, Jib, Forestays’l Main Stays’l, Mains’l
Warm and cloudy day, calm sea pretty smooth sailing
Happy Halloween everybody!
So where to begin so much has happened just today and it’s hard to figure out where to start. I guess I’ll start with this, today was the beginning of phase II, The Shadow Phase. During this phase, we students are given more opportunities to be put into leadership rolls. That could be anywhere from calling the striking or a setting a sail or calling a gybe (that’s a way of turning the boat, mostly used to get ready for science). Not only that but we start to lead the station calls for science. What differentiates this phase from the final phase is that we still have the safety net of the mates to ask questions to but the questions we can ask are limited. I feel like
I’m in 7th grade football again when I was limited to three questions per practice. In this phase we will also get a three hour period during some of our watches when we shadow the mate on duty, doing all the things that they have to do on watch with them. So with a new pair of watch officers for the watch we head into the more challenging world of Phase II.
Now on to the fun part of today, HALLOWEEN! Yes today was Halloween which was pretty fun. During what is normally our afternoon class time we had a Halloween swizzle (party). There was a costume contest, games, trick or treating and pumpkin carving; everything and anything needed to make Halloween a great day. One of the games that we had on deck was the heaving line toss, the objective: to toss a line with a monkey’s fist at the end of it through a life ring that was hanging over the side of the deck. Out of the many brave souls on board only one that I saw managed to complete the feat, our Captain. How fitting that in the persona of a student, his costume was our class t-shirt, was the only on to make it through the ring. The costume contest ended the afternoon and the top three winners of the contest were Sailing Intern Jesse as the Banana Dog, 2nd Assistant Scientist Farley, not pictured, as the Broad on the Port Quarter, and 3rd Assistant Scientist Grayson as Maui: Shapeshifter, Demigod of the Wind and Sea, Hero of All. The three of them were 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. These were the best costumes for the night however there were many other great costumes, some had us seeing double as many people decided to dress up as people on the ship. We saw a Grayson (Celine), Chief Engineer Nate (Sonia), Assistant Engineer Claire (Isiah), and 1st 2nd and 3rd Mates Cassie (Darcy), Tim (Emma) and Lydia (Anna). There were so many more costumes but too many to give shout-outs to.
Well now I’ve just about come to the end of my blog so quick wrap-up, these past twelve days have probably given me one of the best, if not the best, experiences of my life. Everyone on this ship is awesome and I feel as though I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. There is so much that my fellow shipmates and I have yet to tackle and I am looking forward to what is left in store for those of us onboard the Corwith Cramer.
P.S Mom and Dad Here is your proof of life hopefully you liked my comment about 7th grade, Mom, Dad Elizabeth and Sean I love and miss you guys and can’t wait to see you at Thanksgiving.