SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 04, 2018
Words from a Sailing Intern
29°17.9° N 063°35.3.3°W
Course & Speed
c/o: 010 speed 4.0 knots
Starboard tack, jib, fore stays’l, main stays’l, mains’l
2-3 ft swell, NE wind, clear night sky
Take the helm, they say. Hands to braces to brace square, they say. Haul away your halyards, they say. These are a few of many commands that a sailor will never forget, especially aboard the Cramer. Hello! My name is Tucker Cunningham, a sailing intern aboard the Corwith Cramer. I have been with the Cramer since April 2nd starting from Key West and now just a few days south of Bermuda. I have been having an incredible experience so far and am here to tell the tale!
When I first stepped on to the Cramer for the first time, I was greeted by Kevin Murray, Chief Mate at the time. He introduced me to everyone on board, helped store my things in a bunk, and made me feel right at home. Thanks Kev! I'll never forget how friendly everyone was on board during my first two weeks. I got to know a completely new set of crew that were super helpful in showing me the way of the Cramer. From Key West, we sailed to West Palm to begin our invitational sail. A part of that sail were board members, board of directors, and alumni/family. I had the pleasure to sail with people that had lifelong memories/experiences with SEA. I enjoyed listening to the many stories of those who had been on a course in their past and learning about their journeys aboard Cramer.
After two turnovers of Captains, two legs of the trip completed, we land in Nassau, Bahamas where the invitational sail ended and students arrived! The semester has begun. As a sailing intern, it has been super fun working alongside the students to learn and experience why they are here and their interest in the Sargasso Sea. I have been a part of many lab experiments counting/separating different species of Sargassum, not knowing what Sargassum was even before this trip. Thanks to our B watch squad, (A and C you guys rock too) I can now appreciate why we are here researching what goes on in the Sargasso Sea. One of the many experiments that interest me are counting the number of plastics that are collected in each clump of Sargassum. I have to say, I have never counted so many tiny pieces of plastic before in my life. But, I am able to appreciate why this is part of their research and how important it is to protect our oceans, free of plastic.
Attached is a photo of Helena and Aqua (repping B watch!) collecting Sargassum, a daily routine aboard the Cramer! You guys rock!
Starboard tack, they say. Make fast your sheets, they say. Stand lookout, they say. The journey continues on the Cramer.
P.S. Shout out to the Cunningham Clan. Miss and love you all! See you soon.