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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


May 07, 2017

“Land Ho!”

Karrin Leazer, Starboard watch, University of Washington

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Some of B and C watches on morning duty!

Position
32°22.4’N x 064°40.7’W

Description of location
Bermuda

Weather / Wind
10ft swells, winds F6, overcast and rainy

Souls on Board

Hello again friends!

This morning, we were awoken by the sound of crashing pots and pans and banging doors.  The leftover dishes from the night before were flying across the galley counter and the closet door someone forgot to latch shut was swinging wildly out of control.  The winds were strong, and the ship was rocking and rolling harder than it has in a while.  “Karrin, this is your 6am wakeup.  Breakfast in 20 minutes, watch in 50.  Wear a jacket its cloudy and could rain.”  We all ate breakfast on the gimbled tables; these tables will tilt opposite the boat, so nothing on the table flies off. 

Then, both B and C watches took the deck, relieving A watch (who had been up all night standing dawn watch.)  Everyone was given a job.  With Bermuda in sight, there was a lot to get done; mostly preparing the deck to receive the pilot who would help us navigate through a narrow channel into shallower waters where we will anchor for the next week.  I was given the helm; “Karrin, stay on course ordered 350°.”  "Bring her right to 0000°.”  “Bringing her right to 0000°” I would reply. 

However, this was easier said than done; with each 10ft swell that came, the bow would be picked up and subsequently dropped off at a new location, often about 10° off-course in either direction.  As long as these inconsistences balanced out, I knew I was fine.  I just had to maintain a sharp focus!  Through the wind and the waves, the Cramer successfully received the local pilot and navigated through the narrow channel to our new anchor location!  What a difference a little shelter can make; the boat was no longer rolling with the sea, but gliding easily through 2 ft choppy waves. 

We dropped anchor, furled all sails, put sail covers on, and deployed our two inflatable rescue boats-turned water taxis. All 31 students and staff were shuttled in groups of six from the Cramer to the customs office to step foot on land for the first time in 18 days. What?  The ground isn’t moving beneath our feet?  We aren’t in a constant state of climbing “uphill” and running “downhill” with every wave?  After customs, we were shuttled back to the Cramer to eat lunch onboard and to be briefed on our upcoming week-long port stop. 

A, B, and C watch are temporarily no more; the students and crew are now divided into “port watch” and “starboard watch.”  Each watch will take turns on duty/off duty, but everyone gets free time!  Today, we all got some time on shore; we were shuttled back to land, and we went off to explore.  The main attractions on shore were wifi, calls to home, and ice cream.  We all had a fabulous time, and are very excited for a week full of adventures in Bermuda.

- Karrin

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c273  port stops  bermuda.  study abroad • (0) Comments
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