SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
February 25, 2019
The End of an Era
Between Samana Bay and Silver Bank, 019 Degrees 25.8’ N X 069 Degrees 11.5’ W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Course ordered 355 degrees
Beautiful. Force 5 winds from Northeast by North.
We departed Samana early this afternoon after our longest port stop thus far. Due to a departure delay, bonefish watch didn't have a whole lot to do for the 0700-1300 watch so we hung out on the quarterdeck and drew things like the elegant pedestrian bridge that in its beauty and openness provided, perhaps, a metaphor for the warm welcome we received in Samana. Tomorrow, we'll have our port stop debrief where we all explain the progress we made on our change projects, so I'll be experimenting with different ways to say "I don't speak Spanish and don't really know what my project is and hung out at beaches the whole time."
That's not to say I'm not learning things of course. For example, this trial by Caribbean fire (sun, if you're not hip) has proven I really am immune to sunburns - it's just better and better tans all the way down the line. Sometimes I even get so tan that my body is like "what are we gonna do with so much good skin" and sheds some from the tannest areas, which is good and normal.
Unfortunately, I, like my shipmates, am not immune to sweat and other body odor-linked phenomena Today, I broke out my last pair of clean shorts. Forgetting until too late that I spent last summer wrecking all my good shorts, I came with the B-team that look like they might be rocked on the Island of Misfit Toys in a live action remake of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The current pair has a button and zipper like pants but a drawstring instead of belt loops and the drawstring doesn't actually do anything, so I'll have to either do deck laundry soon or put a few inches on the waistline. We had cheesecake for snack today and fish with pineapple salsa for dinner, so this is not what they call a hard choice.
As each of us grapples with the state of our personal laundries, we can all enjoy a vibe described by local vibe expert Sarah Weiss as wholesome. The sun is (was) out but a little mellow, the wind is up, and there were whales, bottlenose dolphins, and a cloud that looked like a Chuck E Cheese animatronic eagle on a smoke break. What is best in life is, to slightly paraphrase Arnold Schwarzenegger in sword and sorcery classic Conan the Barbarian, to crush the waves, see them driven before your bow, and hear the lamentations of the whales. These are all things we've been doing and it's a pretty good place to be.
- Mark Sheehan, Bonefish Watch, Oberlin College
P.S.: The happiest of birthdays to Tim Taylor, father of our chief mate Allison Taylor, and to Lei Tam, mother of our shipmate Asia Milano. Hope their days are as great as the author, who definitely has no upcoming birthdays in his family, assumes they are.