SEA Currents: c255
October 10, 2014
Today was an exciting day for all of us! The wind picked up, there was a lot of science to do and we had a fire drill during class. Throughout our watches the weather had picked up making our jobs on board a little more difficult. Dinner was interesting as our gimbaling tables were tilting about 30°. Half of us were sitting at a very low table and the other half had their plates up near their mouths! Being on deck now meant we had to be more cautious and the bow became the splash zone when the wind and waves picked up.
October 09, 2014
Ahoy from the Mediterranean! We have now been on the SSV Corwith Cramer for eleven days, and yet today was only our fourth day spent off the dock. Now on our nine-day passage to the historic waters of Cadíz, we are jumping straight into the routine of life at sea. Since casting off from Mallorca yesterday, we have had safety training to go aloft into the rigging, attended classes on the quarterdeck and in the main salon, put our developing sail handling skills to work, and deployed many different pieces of scientific equipment.
October 08, 2014
Using the Ocean Health Index
Barcelona and Mallorca
We have finished our first two port stops and put to sea again for a nine-day stretch through the Straits of Gibraltar to our next stop at Cadiz, on the Atlantic coast of Spain. This gives us some time to ponder what we‘ve learned and start to put it together in papers and daily discussions on the ship. Our program, The Global Ocean, is built around the Ocean Health Index, a series of ten metrics designed by conservation organizations to consider how we might begin to measure human impacts on coastal areas and the marine environment.
October 07, 2014
Sight-Seeing at SEA
Today we had a fantastic tour around Mallorca. We started our day by hopping on a bus ride to the Castell de Bellver. Not to mention, we were accompanied by our lovely tour guide Maite. When we reached the castle, I was awed by its unique geometry. Standing at 109m tall, it is the only circular castle in Spain. While it was built by James II as a fortress for the island, it is now widely used for weddings, concerts and even a playground for kids. And of course, being tourists, we managed to snap a group photo in front of it before we left.
October 06, 2014
View from Aloft
Day 1 in Mallorca
The moon shone a bright orange through the wisps of clouds as A Watch headed to the deck for dawn watch at 0300. We sailed straight ahead to Mallorca at course order 180º. After completing a 100-count sample with Merry and Maya that was filled with turquoise copepods and other obscure zooplankton, we walked outside to assist the deck watch. I assumed the role as a second pair of eyes beside Courtney who was on lookout. As the distance between the SSV Corwith Cramer and the coast of Mallorca decreased, it became more difficult to distinguish between city lights and smaller boats in the bay.
October 04, 2014
Learning the Ropes
Day 1 at Sea
Morale was (and remains) high as we waved adios to Barcelona in the light of the rising sun. We are finally en route for the island of Mallorca off the coast of Spain and the weather could not be more perfect. The sun is shining, the temperature is mild and the seas are gently rolling as we slowly glide toward our destination. Things are slightly hectic on board as we all attempt to adjust to our new sleeping, eating, and working schedules. The crew have been wonderful in showing us the ropes (literally) of sailing and inhabiting the Corwith Cramer.
October 03, 2014
Another awesome day, but no surprise there because that is how the first week has been! We did drills all morning, which might seem boring, but it was super helpful. It is not like I was afraid, but I feel safe on the Cramer and with all of the crew. They have thought of everything that could go wrong and have come up with procedures to respond to every situation.
One of the drills was for a man overboard. My watch, A watch, is in charge of getting the rescue boat into the water.
October 02, 2014
After a breakfast of fresh fruit and yogurt, we made our way across the harbor to the headquarters of the Barcelona World Race, a race around the globe that starts and ends in Barcelona. The seven competing double-handed teams race in 60-foot boats that depart from the port on December 31st, and usually take 80-90 days to circumnavigate. The class got to learn all about the daily obstacles the teams face, from their rigorous diet to the constant battle to keep the boat as light and fast as possible. Our tour guide also explained that the race is trying to support ocean science by having the racers deploy scientific instruments as they go.
October 01, 2014
Day at the Museum
Today was awesome! We explored the working harbor of Barcelona on a boat owned by the port. Our guide, Núria Zaragoza, is the educational coordinator for Escola Europea de Short Sea Program, an organization that provides training for mariners involved in short-distance Mediterranean voyages. We saw some extraordinary ships, including an LNG Tanker and an eight-story cruise ship.
September 30, 2014
Here begins a ripping good tale! It starts with 21 students, 11 crew, and one tall ship docked in beautiful Port Vell, Barcelona. We arrived yesterday between 1400 and 1600 to meet the crew and settle into our bunks.cozy. At 1608 we assembled at the aft of Mama Cramer for crew introductions and orientation from Captain Elliot. Remember to always take care of your feet!