SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
January 02, 2018
Man Overboard (drill)!!
17°46.8’N x 065°07.2’W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
025° at 4.0 knots
Light wind, clear blue skies, giant yellow supermoon
This afternoon we continued sailing through the Virgin Passage as we passed St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. It was a hot 80 degree day with light wind and we were finally able to put up an additional two sails, the fisherman and the jib topsail. Two playful dolphins passed the ship twice throughout the day that circled the ship.
Later that afternoon, Captain Rick decided to have an impromptu man over board (MOB) drill with “Oscar” the volleyball. We deployed the rescue boat and as three watches worked together to retrieve Oscar! CPR was indeed performed, and Oscar the volleyball lived to see another day in the Caribbean.
The calm weather allowed us to practice using the sextant at local apparent noon (LAN) to determine our latitude based off of celestial navigation. We also were able to climb out on the bow sprint and go aloft the lab to soak in the final rays of the sun.
We are all excited to start snorkeling in Culebra and create connections between the data we’ve been collecting to the literature.
SEA SICKNESS HAS BEEN DEFEATED! We are all excited to tackle the next day.
-Brittney, Alexa, Emma, and Daniel