SEA Currents: c262
October 09, 2015
Under sail again
Today is our second full day underway from Mallorca, heading towards Cádiz. There are some pretty big swells, but other than that the weather is nice and mostly clear right now. We had a little rain last night, but then the stars came out, and it’s great to be able to see the Milky Way band (our whole galaxy sideways!) and various constellations. This sail is about three times as long as the passage from Barcelona to Mallorca that we already did, but fortunately we’ve been having less seasickness overall than last time around, and seem to be adjusting better so far.
October 08, 2015
On our way to Cadiz!
Hello to all readers and followers! This is Filipe Parreira and I am writing to you from the main salon of the SSV Corwith Cramer, a “little” shaky at the moment. We are currently in the Balearic Sea on our way to Cadiz.
Today started on the best way possible for C Watch, we could sleep up to 1030! As ridiculous as it seems, and I think I can speak for all of my shipmates, when we are at sea as part of a crew, the thing that you prize the most is your sleep, every minute counts. I am learning to value these minor things that you take for granted on shore. About food: don’t worry mom, I have been well fed.
October 07, 2015
Sights and History in Mallorca
Ahoy land dwellers! This is Sara Salazar writing to you from the SSV Corwith Cramer. Yesterday’s adventures included a bus tour that allowed us to explore more of the downtown area of Palma, the Cathedral of Palma, the Castle Bellver and some of the towns located within the mountains on the western side of the island. The Cathedral of Palma, also known as La Seu, has an interesting history. The Romans controlled Mallorca before the tenth century and named the capital Palmiera and built a temple where the current cathedral stands.
October 06, 2015
Tour of Mallorca
Here we are in Palma de Mallorca. It is our second day and we went to visit the most beautiful places all around the island while learning all about the history of this place.
First, we went to visit the Bellver Castle on the top of a hill close to the city. This castle is very unique because of its circular structure. It was constructed for one of the early kings of Mallorca, and it offered a view of approaching enemies from the sea.
October 05, 2015
1st Day in Palma: Centro Oceanográfico, Coffee, & Cruise Ships
Today was our first day in Palma de Mallorca. Because of the way the watch schedule works, all of us had been awake for a four-hour period at some point last night from 1900 to 0700 this morning. This made staying alert during today’s port exploration much more of a challenge than we experienced in Barcelona. Our group activity this morning was a visit to the Centro de Baleares, where we listened to four presentations about the research carried out by this institution and the tools they use to study the changing Mediterranean environment and fisheries.
October 04, 2015
On Our Way to Mallorca
Saturday morning will be one for all of us to remember. It was a damp, cool morning in Port Vell. The thunder and lightning from the previous night subsided into drizzling rain pattering the deck above, and I may only be talking for myself, but 0600 was way too early to wake up. Part of me wanted to stay in my blankets and fall back asleep, but this morning was important. After a quick breakfast, our captain called general quarters and all hands met up on deck
October 02, 2015
So long Barcelona, it’s been swell
Today marked our fourth day aboard the Corwith Cramer and our last day in the port of Barcelona. Since first boarding the ship on Tuesday our time has been divided between training and excursions into the city of Barcelona itself. Although our training does include many aspects of sail and line handling (as well as safety drills and science) much of it has been dedicated to learning and getting accustomed to the daily routine of life aboard a ship.
October 01, 2015
The Long Awaited Moment Has Finally Arrived
Well, here we are. Every critical moment we have undergone in our preparation for SEA Semester – the lengthy application process, the thorough period of studying in Woods Hole, the exhausting trip to Barcelona – have finally culminated in what we all came here for: The Ship. I first witnessed the Corwith Cramer with my own two eyes at 8:30 am on Monday, September 28 after a long night of flying complete with a rushed trip through JFK and a lost passport scare at the Barcelona airport.
September 30, 2015
Greetings from Barcelona! The students have all safely arrived onboard, and general ship orientation and safety instruction is well underway! After yesterday’s welcome by our captain Elliot Rappaport and an explanation of the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) status of the Corwith Cramer, students were introduced to the professional crew and organized into their respective A, B, and C Watch groups. And so begins their acclimation to the culture, customs, and language onboard a scientific, sailing vessel that will continue for the next six weeks!
September 29, 2015
C-262 Students Have Arrived
The students of SEA Semester class C-262, The Global Ocean: Europe, are all safely aboard the Corwith Cramer. They will spend some time becoming oriented with their new home before beginning their ocean voyage. Watch this blog for updates from the students & crew over the coming weeks.