SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
November 29, 2014
Happy L.A.T.!!! (Local Apparent Thanksgiving!)
21° 20.2’N X 041° 01.1’W
Mid Atlantic Gyre
Ship Heading (degrees)
Ship Speed (knots)
1.2 knots (the wind just died)
Taffrail Log (nm)
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Winds are coming from ESE at a force 4 with 4ft seas coming from the E and a sky full of cumulus clouds. We are sailing under the full main, stays’ls and tops’l.
Marine Debris Spotted
1 large piece plus some plastic in our net tows
Never fear folks, we here on the Corwith Cramer do in fact celebrate holidays such as Thanksgiving, we just maybe don’t celebrate them on the traditional date. Yet when we do decide to have a holiday, we do it in style. Everybody put on their finest and cleanest cloths, even those of us standing watch decided to do so in handsome dresses and beautiful shirts (occasionally accompanied by foul weather gear as the squalls flowed in and out).
Be assured though, we do know what day and time it is out here at 21° 20.2’N X 041° 01.1’W, we simply have the ability to alter the calendar and have Local Apparent Thanksgiving not on Thanksgiving Day. LAN, or Local Apparent Noon, is a time we calculate every day that tells us when the Sun will be at its highest point in the sky, allowing us to calculate our latitude using celestial navigation, rather than relying on the GPS. We performed the same calculations, only backwards, using the Turkey constellation and concluded that Local Apparent Thanksgiving for the middle of the Atlantic Ocean was on Saturday, November 29, 2014 and 1730.
Our wonderful steward Nina and her fabulous assistant of the day Michele cooked a deliciously scrumptious feast of stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, garlic rolls, and turkey, all topped off with savory gravy. Dessert included an assortment of apple, pumpkin and dark chocolate sea salt pies. Usually we have meals in two sittings while underway because at least one group of people is occupied on Watch while another group is eating their meal and preparing to take charge of the deck and lab. Today, however, was an exception and we hove-to the ship (i.e. put the brakes on with sails) to have an all hands Turkey Day dinner.
The energy onboard was especially festive because we had recently finished a round of white board karaoke presentations hosted by Farley (surprisingly, there was very little singing involved), and the main salon was decorated with colorful hand-turkeys and construction paper streamers. There were name place cards for every person along with tiny tin foil wrapped party favors. Clare, who didn’t really understand the hand-turkey thing (because she grew up in England), made delightful , happy necklaces for everyone out of coffee filter cut-outs which added the final touch to the finery.
I was lucky enough to be on watch during the afternoon so I ate as much turkey and pie as I could fit in my stomach and needed only to relax afterwards (thank you A watch for taking the deck with a full stomach). As I am writing this post and drinking my Relax tea, there is a fiddle and guitar playing in the background, a few people singing, cribbage players, book readers, journal writers, food coma-ers and wind filling our sails as we start to move SW again.
We are just over half way through our Atlantic crossing, and spirits remain high. The persistent squalls gave us a little break these past few days and the swell has mellowed so Nina’s galley was not flying all over the place as she cooked two large turkeys. T Watch standing continues to improve in Phase II as students, voyagers, and deckhands develop their skills leading sail evolutions, setting and striking sail with greater alacrity and confidence, and learning the responsibilities of a Watch Officer.
Last night we heard whales blowing about the ship, today we saw a crazy, siphonophore plankton – the lab remains busy as we steadily continue on our way to Researcher Ridge and then Dominica.
Shout outs: Hello family and friends!! I hope all is well with everyone and you’re not too cold and wet yet in WA (I’m wearing shorts and tank tops every day! Even when it’s raining) I am having an absolutely wonderful time. The crew is spectacular and I am learning a ton about sailing, marine science and maritime history. I will be very sad for this trip to end, but I am excited to come back home for Christmas. Love to you all,