SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
October 16, 2019
Here’s to Challenging Ourselves!
41° 32.3’ N, 71° 13.0’ W
The mouth of the Sakonnet River.
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Winds from E by N, blowing at F5. Cloudy and 14°C
Note: All aboard Cramer are well today, riding out the storm at anchor in the Sakonnet River. Their plan is to remain at anchor tonight and get underway for sea early Friday morning pending weather updates.
Hello, landlubbers! This is Lila; a deckhand (sailing intern), SEA alum (shout out to S-278!), and overall wind enthusiast. I was lucky enough to join the crew a day before we set sail.
We had a LOVELY morning of sailing, with the ship speed reaching almost 8 knots—which is pretty fast—and got some excellent views of an offshore grouping of wind turbines. After sailing for a bit, we anchored up off Rhode Island around 1200 hours, near Little Compton for you fellow Northeast Natives out there. We are here for the night, and come tomorrow afternoon we will likely head out east and continue to make way in our journey to the Caribbean. Never a dull day here on the Cramer!
The students and crew are all acclimating to life at sea pretty well. Living on this vessel is exciting and rewarding—and it’s also hard! There’s the heads (toilets) that use a hand pump to flush. There are the ladders (staircases), where you can bump your head in a rush to get to science deck. You have to learn a whole new vocabulary—when the captain tells you to “heave back the taffrail log,” “balantine the halyard,” or “flop-flake the brails,” you’d better know what he’s talking about. Your only personal space is roughly the size of a coffin and the tables we eat meals on move and sway (the slightest misplacement of elbows can send your breakfast sliding).
But every day, we learn something new. In just a few weeks, every person on this boat will know all the sails and how to strike, set, and pass them. We will know how to tack and gybe, how to process data, and how to sit at the table without spilling your coffee. The struggles of boat-life are why most of us are here, and why so many of us keep coming back. We learn, we grow, we become a little stronger and a little more confident with each voyage. Speaking as an alum, I can say that my voyage was one of the hardest things I have ever done. However, it is something that made me who I am today, and I am so grateful I get to repeat this experience with a new and amazing
group of people!
Best wishes from the Cramer,
P.S. Sending love to Mom, Dad, and Rosalie! Miss y’all.