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January 01, 2018

Spontaneous Shipeks

Kasey Jones, A Watch, Penn State

Penn State at SEA

Sea leg standoff

Current Position
18° 13.0’N x 065° 09.5’W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
180°, 4.6 knots

Sail Plan
4 lowers

Light, cool breeze, slight clouds, and a big, bright super moon!

It was a bright and beautiful day in paradise today! Off in the distance, the island of Culebra was appearing in the distance through fog. If the plan works accordingly, Culebra is our snorkeling stop for a bit of fun exploring in the Caribbean waters…fingers crossed!

As we sat on the quarterdeck and listened as Captain Rick lectured, the sun was shining hot while the ocean’s spray cooled us down. A perfect classroom setting to learn about earth’s weather systems of heating and cooling! By the end of class, we knew how to calculate our position on earth using Local Apparent Noon Time; when the sun is at its highest point in the sky relative to wherever one is.  The captain opened a black chest and pulled out a device that was resting on the chest’s red velvet interior. The device was called a sextant. It is used to help navigate at sea by measuring the angles of celestial bodies like the sun, the moon, and planets like Jupiter. Isn’t it amazing how sailors once relied on such things to navigate the open ocean?

As the day progressed, jibs were struck and unstruck, nets were cast, zooplankton were counted, and sediments were abundantly collected. The banana bread break was the perfect snack for such a busy afternoon. Towards the end of the afternoon watch, smells of an Italian supper were wafting up from the galley, only one more hour until we could rest! As we waited on standby, the captain noticed my hand on the ship’s rail to support my still developing sea legs as we rolled up and down. He pointed to my hand and challenged me to a sea leg standoff, to see who could last the longest without holding reaching out for support. I figured of course he would win, having hundreds of hours of maritime experience as Captain. So minutes passed until a certain wave tossed the ship particularly hard and the captain grabbed the rail! What a fun way to end the first day of the new year.


Categories: Corwith Cramer, • Topics: c276a  life at sea  research  celestial navigation • (4) Comments


#1. Posted by Dan jones on January 02, 2018

Go Kasey Jones!! We miss you and llok forward to your return. Keep the commentaries coming….

#2. Posted by Judy Jones on January 02, 2018

Hi baby I love the picture of you. It sounds like you’re having a great time. I’m so happy for you. Be safe and treasure this great experience. I love you and cannot wait to hear all about this trip. Hugs and Kisses, to the moon baby girl

#3. Posted by Ron Dougherty on January 02, 2018

Kasey, stand tall . I hope this trip is all that you hoped for. Enjoy the warm seas, because it is freaking cold up here. The high for the week is Jan.3rd at 30 degrees. Be safe God Child, I love you Uncle Ron.

#4. Posted by Paul J on January 03, 2018

Hi Kasey I’m proud to say that I’m your father. Enjoy the rest of your journey.  See you when you get home. All my Love, Pop



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