SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
Leaving Mallorca Towards New Adventures at Sea
39°27.7’N x 002°38.7’E
Western Mediterranean, south of Palma de Mallorca
City of Cadiz, Spain
We are now gently moving away from Mallorca seeing the beautiful island getting smaller and smaller behind us as we move towards new adventures on our cruise track. The sun is peeking out from a 7/8 cloud cover in the sky and the wind, coming from SExS, is taking us into deeper waters as we leave the Bay of Palma now 5.15 nm away. Steering 213° on the helm, the Cramer is going steady 4 knots in the “blue blue blue” [dead dead dead] ocean (this phase is used to explain that a blue ocean indicates that there is little life in the water, as opposed to green water). On deck, I find a sense of excitement and anticipation among the crew as we start our longest stretch across the Western Mediterranean, through the Strait of Gibraltar and towards the city of Cadiz (around 9 days). I too feel excited, but I am also a little anxious about getting seasick. On our last four-day stretch from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca I was seasick for two long days (and nights), which I hope will not happen again (knock on wood). Apart from this, I am looking forward to learn more about sailing, line handling and to get a good routine onboard.
The day started as usual with all hands breakfast at 0700, then the Conservation and Management (C&M) class went off to conduct a marine debris survey, while the rest of the class spent their last hours in Palma as they pleased. I went with my 8 mates to look for debris at Darsena Ca’n Barbara, a small harbor for motor boats, where we found 66 pieces along the waterfront walkways, which is fairly clean compared to our survey at the beach in Barcelona. After the survey I headed back to the ship to do some homework before departure.
Our last 3 days spent in Mallorca have been absolute beautiful and, as we got to experience this mid-morning, we have been very lucky with the weather. Right as the clock struck 10 am, rain started to fall thick. The most optimistic ones were looking forward to use their foul weather gear (thick rain clothes) while others, myself included, hoped for the sun to
make it through the clouds for our departure. Lucky again, the sun made it through in time for the all-hands meeting at 1330. At the meeting Captain Elliot Rappaport went over the weather report, which of course is always of great importance when sailing, and our undocking plan for departure. With all hands on deck Cramer smoothly left the dock at 1400, all lines off pins and ready to set sails as soon as we left the harbor. Half an hour later the mainsail, mainstays’l and the forestays’l were up, set on a port tack (referring to the wind blowing into the sails from port). And this sight is truly fantastic. The wind blowing into the sails and the sun peeking from the clouds and making Mallorca shine as a golden sandstone cityscape in our wake by the Cramer as she moves forward on our journey.