SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 08, 2017
Stalactites and Chandeliers
32°22.5’N x 064°40.5’W
Description of location
Weather / Wind
Calm, 1ft swells, winds F1, overcast
Today was eventful to say the least! From touring a fellow academic sailboat, to being reunited with our Ocean Policy professor, there was a lot to do. Furthermore, it was our first full day in Bermuda, and consequently, our first full day off since the beginning of the sea component. Everyone’s day began together with another wonderful breakfast cooked by the lovely Sabrina. We then mustered (all met) on the quarter deck before being set free on the island. As we transited from Mama Cramer to the island in our small boat, you could see the relief in the crew’s eyes of finally having a full day on their own as well.
The island of Bermuda is beautiful. Many of the buildings are painted in pastels and everyone always says hello, which is not something I am very used to, going to school in New York City. Besides the people and
the architecture, the preservation of natural rock formations and wildlife makes Bermuda better than I could have possibly imagined. While many students decided to visit the larger city of Hamilton and its surrounding beaches, a handful of us decided instead to go to the area of the island that is well known for beautiful caves.
First we came across a beautiful beach. We had the foresight to bring goggles, and spent over an hour looking through the tide pools. We found two sea cucumbers that were comparable in size to my forearm and found giant colorful nudibranches. After spending a considerable amount of time at this beach we continued walking. We eventually came to the caves that we had been waiting for.
On the edge of a field we found a door carved into the side of the rock. We walked inside and were greeted by a breathtakingly beautiful sight. Stalactites dripped from the ceiling of the large cave that we found ourselves in. A few feet in front of us, water filled the bottom portion of the cave reflecting the formations above it. We sat in complete silence, the only sounds being the dripping of water.
When we were done exploring we took the bus back to the sleepy town of St. George's, took advantage of the Wi-Fi to reconnect to the outside world, and boarded the boat back to Mama Cramer. In the process of boarding the small boat we ran into Mark, our Ocean Policy professor. What a wonderful surprise! Little did we know that we had another wonderful surprise in store.
Once re-boarding we were informed that we would need to prepare the ship for visitors from another educational tall ship that just sailed in from the Caribbean and anchored right next to us. Students and staff came aboard and seemed intrigued about how our ship works. Little did we know how different our ships really are. When we finally boarded their boat we realized the magnitude of the difference. While we have two masts, they have three. They have four yards and similarly have four chandeliers. Sadly, we have no chandeliers. We got to speak to the students and it was wonderful to get to meet other 18-21 year olds who were doing a sailing program (though theirs lasts nine months- eight months longer than ours).
After leaving their boat I was a little jealous, but also forced to remember the beauty of Mama Cramer and all her cozy spaces. Today was a wonderful day for so many reasons. It was the perfect way to kick off the rest of the week in Bermuda.
Thank you always,