SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
November 26, 2014
Ode to the Funk’scle
23°11.4’ N x 35° 07.4’ W
Mid Atlantic Gyre
Easterly wind at a Force 5, complete cloud cover. Sailing by and large with a single-reefed main and the main and fore stays’ls.
Life is busy as always onboard the Cramer! Today, we officially enter Phase Two of our program onboard. This means that mates and scientists rotate watches, giving each watch a fresh new perspective and an opportunity to learn. Similarly, we students will begin shadowing our mates and scientists while on watch to learn the reasons why certain decisions are made, and overall, how to lead each watch’s activities. I am definitely looking forward to being able to rely on the information and knowledge that I have developed during my short time onboard, and direct that new-found knowledge into preparing for the Junior Watch Officer phase.
To give everyone a short run-down on the ins and outs of ship life, we are decorating the ship for Local Apparent Thanksgiving, relying heavily upon hand-traced turkeys to give a festive flair. A moment of excitement, and also apprehension, occurred during class today when a waterspout whipped past our bowsprit. I quickly scrambled up the ladder to the deck, and as a member of the current watch, helped to strike the tops’l in an effort to better control the ship. The waterspout soon spun itself out, and nothing was left but the awe and heightened sense of vigilance on the deck.
After that brief interlude, class was resumed and watch continued as per usual. Now, sitting and watching the water rise and swirl against the port-hole as I write, it is amazing to think about how every day brings different challenges and surprises. And on that note, I am looking forward to whatever my 0300 watch will bring in a few short hours. Being awoken with soft calls of “Missy,” turning on my bunk light, hopping out and putting on my foulies (sailor-speak for foul weather gear) and climbing the ladder to the doghouse where I will read Captain Sean’s night orders and start my watch- it’s starting to feel normal!
Overall, things are exciting and challenging onboard the Cramer, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Mom- happy birthday and all my love to you, hope it was a great one. And to the Smallman/Velez posse- Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to the Hadik/Gold clan, both friends and family! I’m having the most amazing time out here and hope you have an amazing day together as well. All my love! –Your Little Becca