SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
October 22, 2015
On the Road Again
35° 54’ N x 6° 56’ W
Description of location
Gulf of Cadiz
Clear, Winds WSW, Force 2
After a long and relaxing port stop in Cadiz, we’re finally underway to Madeira! We had all hands breakfast this morning before heading up on deck for general quarters, at which point we began the slightly arduous process of leaving the harbor. The weather was finally cooperating at least – only on our last morning in the city did the sun finally decide to come out. Come out it did, too! No one was used to that much heat after so many days of grey skies. It’s exciting to be out on the water again, though, so it was worth a little time in the direct sunlight and sweat. The departing process is also pretty exciting in and of itself, and it was great to wave one last goodbye to the city as we watched it shrink into the horizon.
I’m sad to leave Cadiz, but at least our extended stay let us use yesterday as time to pull ourselves together for life at sea after so many days on blessedly stable land. For me and many others, this meant one sacred thing: laundry. Finding a laundromat was a necessary evil, but the payoff has been oh so sweet. There’s nothing in this world like clean socks, my friends. Laundry only came after a morning filled with work, however: following breakfast we completed our deck practical, which was an exam that tested all of the basic things we’ve learned since beginning the sea component, and then we rolled right in to our second Field Day. It was nice to listen to music for one last time (Field Days are one of the few opportunities we have for doing so), as well as to scrape off the dirt we’ve been collectively accumulating over the last week or so.
Well, with this fresh start begins our next long stretch of time out on the water. Just because we’ve finished Phase I and the deck practical doesn’t mean that the learning stops, so Phase II is bound to bring us a whole new host of challenges and successes. It’s going to be a whole new, wavier world too in comparison with our previous experience on the Mediterranean. Perhaps we’ve had it easy up until this point, and I’m eager to see what the open ocean really has in store for us. Hopefully it doesn’t include too much seasickness, but in any case, I’m ready for what comes next. Here we go!
P.S. – Shoutout to my beautiful family! I miss all of you so much, especially my kitties (just kidding) (maybe). Love you all!