SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
November 29, 2015
Wind Blown & Wild!
14° 59.1’ N x 38° 44.0’ W
Description of location
All alone in the middle of the ocean
Suns out guns out!
Hello to friends & family of all aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer! How is life on land? Do you miss us, because we miss YOU! For everyone north of us, I'm sorry! It must be so cold! As you keep adding layers to your wardrobe, we are soaking up the sun day after day. Don't be too sad though-maybe our tans will radiate heat to you when you see us next.
I've decided to write about a few things you may or may not know about life aboard the Cramer:
Time is not measured in days out here, but in watches. The watch schedule dictates meal times, sleep times, and just about everything on board. It's honestly very disconcerting. I've been keeping a journal since we set sail and sometimes I think a day or two has gone by since I last wrote in it, only to find out that I wrote in it that morning.
Previous blog posts have talked about the sporadic sleep schedules, but no one has talked about the crazy dreams that we've all been having. I'm not sure what it is, and I know I don't only speak for myself when I say that the dreams out here are insanely bizarre. Most of them involve boats or our fellow shipmates, and are strangely vivid. Sometimes I wake up in a panic thinking that I've fallen asleep on watch, when in reality my watch isn't for another few hours. Maybe it's because the boat and our shipmates are the only things we have interactions with-- being completely unplugged from the outside world, and constantly plugged in to life on-board is certainly a refreshing reality. Also, you don't need to set alarms on the boat. Before it's time for you to be on watch, you get a gentle and lovely wakeup from a shipmate on the watch before.
Many of us have "tacoed" our beds to keep from rolling around during the night. This consists of shoving clothes (dirty laundry in my case) under our mattresses to pin us against the wall. Everyone's bunk also has storage space for various things (mostly food items) underneath them. I'm the toilet paper bunk!!!
Out on the seas, everyone pees sitting down. This is probably for the best. Even at 21 years old, my mom still is appalled by my aim when I'm home, and that is when the floor isn't moving underneath me.
I never knew people could get SO excited about seeing a bird as they do in the middle of the ocean.
NO WHISTLING allowed.. This is taken very seriously but I still sneak it in on bow watch!
Every Sunday since there is no class, we get to watch Netflix as a whole boat! Just kidding-those birds are the closest thing we have to Netflix.
The Hunger Games:
We are currently in the midsts of "The Hunger Games". We've all been given a target, location, and weapon. I was just part of a savage murder in the library for which I was the bait in a trap set for one of my fellow watchmates. After you've made a kill, you acquire their old target. The kill count has been steadily climbing and the game itself is testing the will, wit, loyalty, love, and trust of all. I fear it will rip me and Peter's friendship apart as he couldn't even trust that I simply wanted to "hang out" with him today.
To my friends & family, I miss you all and can't wait to see you! Mom, I miss you so much! You passed your love for the ocean to me and I'm so thankful for that. I wouldn't be here without you and I can't wait to see you and be back in Camden with you. I hope that it is not too dark and cold back home. Noah, I miss Butter so much! He must be getting so big. I hope it hasn't been too hard trying to fill the gap I've left at home. Just kidding-I miss YOU so much (and Butter too of course). I hope school is going well and I can't wait to see you. Tilden, I think about how much you'd love it out here all the time, and I can't wait to tell you all about it when I see you <3.
Last but not least, Kenya. I miss you more than words can describe and I wish you were here with me sharing this adventure. Being on this boat reminds me of when we met and of spending time with you on Taber. I have conversations and sing to you every night on bow watch like a crazy person just hoping you can hear me from across the ocean! I love you so much, and I'll be back on our side of the ocean before you know it.
May the winds be ever in our favor,