SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
February 25, 2016
19° 18.0’N x 066° 50.2’ W
Description of location
Puerto Rico Trench
Weather / Wind
Clear skies and windy weather
This was our first night sleeping on the boat while underway after being dockside in the charming beauty of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and being pretty much stationary for the past 2 days. Some of us were starting to get antsy to get back at sea because we were starting to get "land sick" to the point that we'd find ourselves on land suddenly walking or swaying like we would on the boat. For me at least, I was afraid that the longer I was on land, the more likely I'd get sea sick again when we set sail- which thankfully was not the case.
I was awoken by Martin, for breakfast at 0600 and in time for my next watch at 0700-1300. Surprisingly, I wake up so easily here, probably because I really have to and it seems like every day just gets better and better. If I was back home, they'd have to literally drag me out of bed to wake up. Breakfast was good, I had a little taste of bacon (which I miss so much!!!) on the toast with cheese and egg. Lunch was even better, we had soft tacos with pulled pork and dinner was just divine; we had pizza bagel bites and salad!
Today, I was assigned to lab, which I unexpectedly enjoy so much. Tim, Shane and I were so busy- we had four science deployments: The Secchi Disc, Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) profiler, the Dip net, and Surface Sample in between having to do the hourly logs, 6 minute obs and handling some sails. During our watch, as we were gybing and about to haul the main sheet, Emma spotted a few dolphins off the bow; some of which swam past us on the port side of the boat. Those few seconds were not enough and we all are hoping to see more of them soon.
While we were in Puerto Rico the ship was in only 11 meters of water but in less than a day's sail north we were over the Puerto Rico trench (which is known to be the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean) and recorded our deepest depth at around 7900 meters!!!! *As of sending off this note we surpassed 8185m!
I decided to post an earlier photo because I've been missing the water- we haven't had any swim calls or snorkeling trips in five days. Being around the ocean but not getting to swim seems like a tease but the trade winds that are great for sailing are not the best for swim calls.
Everything's been so amazing that we've run out of words to explain how we feel about this whole program. The past 8 weeks have been incredible and I can't wait to see what the next 4 weeks has to come.
To my never ending supportive family, I wouldn't have been able to be here without your continuous love and support and for that, I'm always grateful + my babies who I miss so much Fifi, Pepito, Denali, Polka, Britney & Dumbo and my friends, sending you guys loads and loads of hugs and kisses. I miss you all, see you guys back in Manila in a few months! & Advance Happy Birthday to one of my bestest friends, Isa! Missing you loads, ichobelly ? Have a great one!
(Trivia: I'm the only international student of CCC class C264)
PS: Shout out to Michelle's dog, Cristy (not sure if I spelled that right and I can't find Michelle to double check)