SEA Currents: c262
Swells, Snacks and Sextants
Hello again! It’s currently 2100 here on the Cramer, and I’m hanging out in the library while we motorsail our way across the Eastern North Atlantic. Today marks our 7th day at sea on the way to Madeira, and it’s absolutely incredible how quickly this passage has gone. We even saw a glimpse of the island’s hillsides today, which is a testament to how close we really are to setting foot on land once again.
Time is a Funny Thing at Sea
Well looks like I chose a great time to write this blog. It’s currently 1845 ship’s time and we’ve finally hit some rough weather. At the moment things aren’t too bad with waves a little over 10 feet (3.5 meters). However, luckily for us, these waves are more long rollers that rock you to sleep rather than sharp up and downs that bash you around. I feel I echo the feelings of everyone on board when I say that I’m very glad I joined this program.
After Every Squall comes a (Double) Rainbow
It’s just about time for first dinner seating here on the Cramer as we nearly complete our fifth (!) full day underway to Madeira. The time has flown by so far on this leg and its difficult to believe that less than a week ago we were in Cadiz finally enjoying some good weather on our extra day in port. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what day and time it is aside from knowing when your last watch ended and when your next will begin, but as the work is piling up its becoming apparent that our voyage is almost over!
Not So Lazy Sunday
Hello everyone! It was a busy Sunday aboard the Corwith Cramer. Today was a special day onboard called Staff in the Galley day where members of the staff, other than our fabulous Stewards Nick and Sarah, take a crack at running the galley throughout the day. Craig started the day off strong with delicious pancakes, followed by a glorious morning snack of soft pretzels brought to fruition by Sailing Interns Molly and Kit.
Getting underway for the third time now, everyone has slipped back into the familiar routine of sea watches like a fish to - well, water. The transition back to sea after a long port stop can sometimes be rough as we all struggle to re-gain our sea-legs, but thankfully we’ve had gentle breezes and calm seas to help ease us back in. After a sedate dawn watch this morning, while the Cramer ambled along at a leisurely two knots under a giant white swath of squares’ls, a few students excitedly suggested that they were hoping we might encounter some “sportier” conditions.
Thoughts from the Aft Cabin
The Automatic Identification System (AIS) transmits navigational data between ships, allowing them to see one another as little boat-shaped icons on a screen, sometimes as much as a hundred miles away. Ship names in prosaic boldface text occupy the space next to each vessel on the plot. The cruise ship “MSC Splendida”, bound for Malaga. The merchant vessel “Eide Wrestler”, for Algeciras. The “Interlink Levity”, for who knows where.
From Flamenco to Squares!
Today marks the first full day back at sea. After a brief delay in Cadiz, we are en route to Medeira! Before I dive too deep into talking about today, I want to back track a few days to our night out in Cadiz last Tuesday. After a long day venturing through a city thousands of years old, we came back to the ship to ready ourselves for the evening in the city. With everyone looking great and ready, we left the Cramer around 2030 for the journey into old Cadiz to enjoy a Flamenco performance.
On the Road Again
After a long and relaxing port stop in Cadiz, we’re finally underway to Madeira! We had all hands breakfast this morning before heading up on deck for general quarters, at which point we began the slightly arduous process of leaving the harbor. The weather was finally cooperating at least – only on our last morning in the city did the sun finally decide to come out. Come out it did, too! No one was used to that much heat after so many days of grey skies. It’s exciting to be out on the water again, though, so it was worth a little time in the direct sunlight and sweat.
Sun and Cleaning in Cadiz
Hello everyone. This was our fifth day in Cadiz, which was an extra day. We chose to wait another day because, with flexibility in our schedule, we could easily delay our departure and wait for seas to calm down now that the wind and rain has lessened. And now, we are having our first full day of sun in Cadiz.
The Ruins of Baelo Claudia
So far, today has been yet another cloudy (and occassionally rainy) day for us in Cadiz. On the bright side, the sun has shined through every now and then as the afternoon progresses. Much like the past few days, a little rain won’t stop us today!
At 0900 this morning, we hopped on a bus and made our way down to the ancient Roman city, Baelo Claudia, located a little bit west from the Strait of Gibraltar. Baelo has long been abandoned but luckily, some its ruins have been excavated, allowing us to travel back in time to learn about this once very important Roman city.