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June 16, 2015

Day by Day

Nolan Snyder, B Watch, University of South Carolina

Transatlantic Crossing

As the days go by on this voyage, more and more amazing experiences become commonplace.  No one is complaining about the whales and dolphins, the galley’s morale is still higher than the swells, and sea sickness is just a memory.

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June 15, 2015

Stronger than the Storm

Sarah McTague, C Watch, Stony Brook University

Transatlantic Crossing

Today the storm has finally past, and we welcomed in the new, warm weather. We actually had several sea turtle sightings from people such as Bones, our voyager on this trip who helps out in watches and makes beautiful drawings of the creatures we see. Today, he wrote a haiku about his experience seeing the sea turtle:

“Standing forward watch
‘A sea turtle!’ he cried out
Life on the ocean.

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June 14, 2015

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Sea

Kelli Walsh, A Watch, Ripon College

Transatlantic Crossing

DON’T PANIC!
This is the phrase our Chief Mate, Mack, will say when she is about to shine a white light on deck at night or when she is behind you doing something and is letting you know she’s there. And every time I hear these words, I think of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” a book where the phrase holds some significance.

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June 13, 2015

Whales, Dolphins, Field Day, and Aloft

Darcy Cogswell, B Watch, Trinity College

Transatlantic Crossing

After sailing last night through a dense fog, we safely made it through iceberg alley and began yet another busy day aboard Cramer.  We also lost another hour of sleep last night as we have moved into a different time zone.  B Watch (aka Birthday Watch, aka Killer B’s)  began the day on morning watch from 0700 to 1300.  Not long after taking the deck, we saw spouts in the distance and our deck wash was briefly delayed as we watched whales.

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June 12, 2015

21 and (about) 21 days to Ireland!

Ethan Fletcher, B-Watch, University of Vermont

Transatlantic Crossing

The final 21st birthday in B Watch was today! Despite the cold, wet, and fog it was a wonderful day on the Cramer to celebrate the big two one with Nolan and Darcy. Brittany and the galley crew deserve all the credit for filling the day with incredible food. The chocolate cake made by Brittany had the perfect icing to cake ratio.

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June 11, 2015

The Great Pin Chase

Sean Stivaletta, A Watch, College of Charleston

Transatlantic Crossing

Day 8 at sea and life could not be more different than from home. Yesterday the fog rolled back in and it has remained pretty dense ever since, aside from a few precious moments of sunshine breaking through. Last night A Watch had the evening watch from 1900-2300 but unfortunately the wind shut off and we had to turn the engine back on (and unfortunately the fog horn with it). Mack (the first mate) had us take down the Jib Tops’l (JT) on our own as the fog rolled in like walls all around us and limited our visibility to several feet.

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June 10, 2015

Our Most Amazing Moments…Thus Far

Fabia Maramotti, B Watch, Wagner College

Transatlantic Crossing

Today is a beautiful and unique day, as every day is on the Cramer. This morning the stars were amazing; I really can’t find sufficient words to describe them. The sky was incredibly dark and clear and the stars shone brighter than ever before. I have never seen something as beautiful in my life.

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June 09, 2015

Safety drill: Oscar has been saved

Sarah McTague, C Watch, Stony Brook University

Transatlantic Crossing

Today marks the sixth day at sea for us here aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. It has been a lovely day filled with sunshine and plenty of smiles as the last of us have finally reached the end of our sea sickness. For C watch, our day started last night on our watch from 1900-2300. We were amazed by one of the most beautiful sunsets you could imagine, which several people said looked like it was painted across the sky.

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June 07, 2015

The tide is high, but I’m holding on!

Sarah J Hindle, SUNY-ESF

Transatlantic Crossing

Day 4 at sea, and it already feels like weeks.  From the moment we boarded the Cramer in Woods Hole, there has been so much to learn and see and do. From music on the quarterdeck to watching dolphin pods skip playfully out of the water under the bow net, it has been an exhilarating experience thus far! It’s pretty hard to believe we’ve only been underway for three days. In that time, we’ve collected plankton net samples, neuston tows, and hydrocast data, and have raised and lowered most of the sails on the ship.

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June 05, 2015

Charismatic Megafauna!

Rebecca Jordan, Olin College of Engineering

Transatlantic Crossing

We’ve been motorsailing into the eye of the wind throughout the night. It’s a light easterly, but Captain Rick predicts it will shift to the north soon enough. We’ve seen our last land before Ireland. After napping all morning, I came above deck to a clear, sunny sky and news of several whale sightings.

The morning report from Raquel: “It was really cold and grey for a good part of the morning. Then the sun came out and made the water a really nice blue, and six pilot whales came up for breath all in succession and swimming in a line.

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