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July 20, 2014

Sailing South

Evan Watkins, , C-Watch, Purdue University


Above: 3rd Mate Sara captured this picture of the Fin Whale we spotted yesterday. We didn'’t have to call for hands to muster on the Quarterdeck for Field Day, because everyone was already there! Below, right: Captain Elliot picks the Banjo during a break from his busy day. Sunny afternoons provide a great opportunity to enjoy the high seas.

44°03.2’ N x 012°09.8’ W
6.9 knots South
Clear skies with occasional cumulus clouds passing by, backlit by the half moon. Temperature is 19 degrees C.
Force 4 from WNW

We are enjoying a calm and productive Dawn Watch here on the SSV Corwith Cramer, making quite a bit of headway towards Lisbon, Portugal. Favorable winds are allowing us to sail dead South on a run towards our destination. The ship feels squeaky clean after Field Day yesterday, during which we scrubbed every inch of the interior (or at least it felt that way).

Given that we have no class this afternoon, we will instead be running emergency drills (fire, man overboard, abandon ship, etc…). Tomorrow brings a practical test on deck, covering items we are supposed to have learned by this point. Everyone is busy tying knots, learning lines, and going through maneuvers in preparation for the exam.


Saturday’‘s dinner included a whole slew of leftovers from previous meals. I’‘ll have to ask our steward, Lauren, what goes into the peanut sauce she prepared. Soon we will be enjoying the cuisine of Portugal, which emphasizes seafood, red meats, bread, port wine, and plenty of garlic (of which I have been deprived). Both Spain and Portugal have some of the highest seafood consumption levels in the world, and Professor Dan recently gave us a primer on fisheries. Ironically, hardly any of the seafood available in Spain and Portugal comes from the coastal waters of the Iberian Peninsula, which have long suffered from exploitation.

We are inching closer and closer to the Cabo Finisterre (finis– end, terre– land) of northern Spain. Last I checked, we were ~115 NM NW of the point. Our charts show a number of interesting locations within seas near the peninsula, including an Explosives Dumping Zone, a Submarine Exercise Area, and a Naval Operations Zone, all of which I am happy we are avoiding!

- Evan

Hi Arden, have a great time—Alex

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Historic Seaports of Western Europe, • Topics: c254  sailing • (0) Comments
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