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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer

December 10, 2015

I’m Dreaming of a Hot Christmas

Jennifer Kenyon, A watch, Louisiana State University

Oceans & Climate

Deck wash schmeck wash! Smiles all around.

Days off the coast of St. Lucia!

Description of location
Western Tropical Atlantic

4.5 knots

Windy, sunny, beautiful, BF 4/5


2333 nm

Souls on Board

It's difficult for me to write blog posts, because no matter how many hours I spend alone with my thoughts at bow lookout I still cannot find the adequate words to describe this experience. I have moments where everything still seems new, and that this journey has just begun. Every day I am still learning new things about sailing, the crew, and even about myself. No night goes by that I am not completely enraptured by the dazzling sky above me, although I have spent countless of hours now working beneath it. Every shooting star still holds wonder as if it were the first time I have ever seen one, though by now I feel I have seen hundreds.  It seems I boarded the Corwith Cramer just days ago, but it's now been twenty-five. No sunset gets less wonderful, no sunrise gets less spectacular. We are constantly surrounded by the ocean, yet I have never felt so big and at the same time so small in my life.

Then there are other moments where I get so caught up in the routine of everyday ship life that I sometimes forget our overarching goal is to cross the Atlantic Ocean. When confronted with the task of leading ship operations for a six hour block of time, I tackle the task with confidence (and of course a sense of nervousness), and I easily forget that I knew nothing about sailing just weeks ago. I often forget that time is moving forward outside of our little world, and that when we finally reach land much could have changed without our knowing. Days here become hours, and hours become days. I often mark time judging from which of the six meal servings we are currently hastily devouring. This lifestyle is so different from one that I was used to on shore, but now it is everything that I know and live by.

If my last two paragraphs have not completely confused you on what it's like to be on a tall ship jetting across the Atlantic Ocean, here's the short at sweet: Time is arbitrary, things are different and new and completely strange-yet it is the life we seamlessly live day to day,  and somehow it feels right.

In other news, it is hot hot HOT (and this is coming from a girl native to southern Louisiana). It is easy to forget that we are in the midst of the holiday season when we are shedding layers left and right, but little things like caroling and paper decorations are getting us in the festive spirit-and although we all miss our friends and families dearly, there's something special about sharing this time of love and cheer with our little community.

On a final note-I know that all of us will go home in some way changed forever. Living through this experience truly makes you think outside of yourself and the world that you thought you knew. I pray that we all change for the better, but I surely know it must be so. The friends I have made here will carry on well into my lifetime, and the memories made will be eternal.

To my family back home, I think of you all every day. I am so endlessly appreciative of your constant sacrifice and love. I could not have dreamed of a better support system and I know that all my accomplishments up to this very moment were only made possible because of you all. Thank you for your unwavering and unconditional love.

To Patrick- I know this is such an exciting time in your life and I am so disheartened that I cannot be there for you. Graduating college is no small feat- and I hope you know just how proud of you I am. You are so unbelievably hardworking, compassionate, and selfless. I know that the future only holds great things for you, and I cannot wait to get back and celebrate with you! Please let your family know that I miss them dearly as well, and that I am desperately craving your dad's delicious crawfish ettoufee (I talk about it a lot, actually)!! I love and miss you immeasurably.

- Jennifer

Now for a group of collective shoutouts:
Happy birthday, Tommy! I miss you! Love, your best friend, Kathryn.

Kenya! Hi dear I hope you are happy & healthy! I love you so much and I'm sailing home to ya! Love, Beb.

Shouts out to the big Matt-daddy himself and all of Emma's family back home! She misses and loves you to the night sun and back!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Oceans & Climate, • Topics: c263  life at sea • (8) Comments
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#1. Posted by Jennifer Kenyon on December 11, 2015

12/11.  Read your blog today.  Great to finally see you in a picture.  Have you lost weight? Seems your ship has really slowed down considerably since early this morning and you seem to be heading now for St Lucia.  Hope that’s the intent! Mom’s out shopping and I’m just getting back from golf.  Meghan has one exam left for tomorrow.  Love Mom and Dad

#2. Posted by Jennifer Kenyon on December 12, 2015

12/12. I assume its exciting to finally see land since you are passing the southern end of St Lucia.  Wondering if you will pull into a port there as I don’t recall that one being on your list.  Hope you get some email/phone connectivity soon.  Mom and I are so proud of you but also glad you are out of the big ocean.

#3. Posted by barbara clark on December 12, 2015

Merry Christmas to students and crew!  and guess what—right here in Houston Texas its 82 degrees….... might be cold on Christmas day—who knows.  meanwhile it looks like you all have gone past St. Lucia—I am guessing you could probably see it as you went by—must be exciting to see dry land after all those nautical miles at sea!  can’t wait to hear more—love to all—mom/Barbara

#4. Posted by James Dalgleish and Heather L. Dilbeck on December 12, 2015

Hey, Jamie, we are bursting with pride at everything you and your crewmates have learned and accomplished in what seems like both a long and a brief period that you’ve been crossing the pond. Wow. Go, Jason and his 12 Argonauts! Loved your Thanksgiving blog and we’ve enjoyed reading all the others. So much good stuff. We have missed you so much and are so looking forward to seeing you at Christmas. Enjoy the last few days on the shiny briny. Love and hugs from us and meows and squeaks from Shadow and Athena smile xxx

#5. Posted by Jennifer Kenyon on December 13, 2015

12/13. Looks like you had a short stay off the coast of St Lucia yesterday. Perhaps a little recreation for a 1/2 day?  Now you appear to be within eyesight of Dominica, which I know is a port of call for you. Hope to hear from you after you arrive there! 

Love Mom and Dad

#6. Posted by Jennifer Kenyon on December 13, 2015

12/13.  See you are off the coast of Dominica.  Hope you get into port today.  Meghan will be home tomorrow,  Christmas tree is up.  Love Dad

#7. Posted by Jennifer Kenyon on December 13, 2015

12/13.  Checking on you tonight and see you are heading west, away from Dominica, at .6 knots. Guess no port for you tonight!  Love Dad

#8. Posted by Jennifer Kenyon on December 14, 2015

12/14. You’re still off the northwest coast of Dominica and not moving much (anchored?). Wondering if you are arranging your port access, arrived too early, or doing some research unique to the area. Perhaps some scuba or a break?  Got to get to work.  Love Dad



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