SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
January 15, 2017
Moonbows and Neuston Tows
17° 53.64’ N x 065°27.57’ W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
350°PSC, 7.5 knots
Jib, Main, forestays’l, mainstays’l
Clear with some wind
Imagine a rainbow made of varying shades of silver extending completely across the night sky. I had no idea that this, to which we coined the term “moonbow,” existed before I saw it last night. We had just sailed through some squalls during our evening watch; it was raining, and the boat was getting knocked around in the waves, making lab work difficult to say the least. Suddenly, the storm passed and everything was calm until Gracie busted through the lab door shouting, “Guys! There’s a rainbow. AT NIGHT!”
Everyone in lab abandoned their projects and scrambled out the door to find in the stormy clouds that ray of silver shades made by the bright, full moon. This was an experience I couldn’t have imagined, nor do I think anyone could see in any other location except for right here on the Corwith Cramer. It was magic.
The moonbow was exactly what my watch team, “A watch,” needed to get started on a very busy day. We began with a watch meeting where we talked about our “high tides, low tides, and changing tides,” or the most exciting part of the trip so far, the least exciting, and what we were most excited to do next. We also took time to get to know each other better. The comradery of my friends on watch is really what has helped me acclimate to life at sea.
I was glad to get to know them even better. We found out that Sarah enjoys heavy metal music, Mate Sara had to be tricked into eating ice cream when she was little and Trevor can play the didgeridoo. During our watch we were very productive in the science lab. We processed the neuston tow looking for zooplankton and collected water for other analyses. We ended the day watching the sunset and looking for bioluminescence in the water next to the boat. From moonbows to neuston tows, it was another great day aboard the Cramer.