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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


May 20, 2018

Perspectives of a Bermudian sailing cadet

Giovanni De Braga, Sailing Cadet from Bermuda

Study Abroad at Sea

Sunset into NYC

Current Position
40° 27.8’N x 73° 03.5’W

Course & Speed
010° T, 2.0 knots

Sail Plan
Mainstays’1s, Forestays’1s

Weather
Pretty cold, sunny at times and calm

Souls on Board

I can't explain how much this leg has opened my eyes to certain things. Leaving Bermuda was pretty interesting. Sailing on a much larger scale of ship is pretty amazing and unique. From previous tall ship experiences "Mama Cramer" takes the cake on how slow she is at her top speed of 7 knots, but she's pretty sweet. Sailing into open water gave me that thrilling rush, teaching me what to expect in upcoming days.

The first three days of our sailing leg from Bermuda to NYC were pretty nice as I found my sea legs. The watch system was pretty new. I was used to the 4hrs on and 8hrs off but on this leg it was 6hrs on 12hrs off which was interesting. Moving into more exciting days the seas were getting bumpy and the watches were getting easier to keep up with. I've never experienced being at the helm in such sporty conditions especially moving along into the wall of the Gulfstream.

Exiting the Gulfstream was fun and I knew it was going get cold and it did pretty fast. Science on the Cramer is pretty cool with various net tows, and the different equipment the ship provides to collect samples of Sargassum, and other organisms in the ocean. Being in the lab was a slow learning process because I've never really worked in a lab before and didn't have the slightest clue on what I had to do. As days where flying by I had to stop and think on how much of a good time I was having. Everybody is so nice and helpful.

I knew what I was getting myself into when packing for colder weather in New York-I knew I needed to pack many layers! The ship also did some concentrated scientific sampling in the Hudson Canyon while coming into New York.  I've noticed more and more into the leg that my sail handling skills have been improving and I believe I'm getting better. This trip has taught me a lot of things and I'm truly blessed that I was able to join the crew on this voyage. Right now land is in sight and the ships getting closer. I'm excited to see the beauty New York has to offer!

-Giovanni

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c279  study abroad  life at sea • (0) Comments
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