SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 22, 2017
Notes of New York
40°03.6’N x 073°08.6’W
Description of location
Approx. 45nm off Coney Island, New York
Weather / Wind
Wind SE, Force 3 with steady rain
Wing on wing with the stays’ls and jib.
If you had told me a year ago that I’d be spending this morning standing at the helm of a tall ship sailing towards New York, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Even if I had, I would have been very confused by the route my life had taken.
And yet, here I am. We’ll be pulling into New York about half a day from now. While we still have not sighted land, the signs of it approaching are gradually building-from the slight glow of the far off lights on evening watch Saturday to the more frequent crackling of the radio from the doghouse as I settle in to sleep underneath it.
We started morning watch by sprucing up Mama Cramer with a good deck wash (with soap - it was exciting) in preparation for arrival. The clouds themselves took care of our freshwater rinse as the rain settled in to stay. While there were periods of calm for us to attempt to remember songs-and the lyrics to them-about New York City, our watch ended on a busy note as we attempted to slow our approach and take advantage of the wind dead astern. We struck the mains’l and put the stays’ls wing on wing with the jib, a new sail plan for us and quite an awesome looking one, at that. The sail handling completed, C-Watch took over for us to dry out a little bit.
With the moisture above, below decks are bustling with activity. Although I am thankfully exempt from passing in any assignments for a grade, I will be spending part of the afternoon digging under my bunk, helping Sabrina inventory our pasta supply. Elsewhere, students are hurrying to finish assignments by sunset (an assignment deadline you would only have aboard a ship) and take advantage of our last few hours underway.
It may take us a few days to find our land legs (though hopefully not as long as it took me to find my sea legs) again and get off of boat time. But thanks to my amazing shipmates who have been so patient, kind, and helpful as I learned the ropes aboard, I am more prepared than ever to return to my usual watch as an admissions counselor, standing lookout for more hardworking, adventurous, and open minded students for the next crew at SEA!
PS: Shoutout to my Mom, Grandma, and all the rest I missed saying Happy Mother’s Day to! Dad, I hope my team is holding up without me. Eric, I’m sorry I missed your trip east, but Kelsey Lane and I both say hi! And my dearest Emily, if I actually remembered to give you the link to the blog, I miss you tons and can’t wait to catch up this weekend.