SEA Currents: c266
April 24, 2016
Soggy Sunday, Sunny Sunday
Hello all ashore! What a day of contrasts today. I was up at dawn to look for seabirds and it was raining off and on. We had shortened sail, taking down our mainsail, and we watched some lightening away in the distance. After a delicious breakfast of scrumptious fresh muffins it was time to get back on deck and it was pouring rain, hard rain. No wind though and we drifted slowly along.
April 23, 2016
Hello loved ones on land! And, greetings from the North Atlantic. Now that we’ve finished a quick trip through the Dominican Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone, we’re back to doing science! Some pretty snazzy stuff has come up in our nets in the past 24 hours, including lots of Sargassum, our first spiny lobster larvae (yay!), and a frogfish, which is an awesome, grumpy looking little fish found in association with Sargassum.
April 22, 2016
The Salty Adventure Continues
To the possible dismay of my parents, it has taken a nautical adventure for me to learn how to enjoy cleaning. During morning watch today, I and other members of A watch had a great time cleaning the deck, using the saltwater fire hoses, dish soap, and brushes to keep Mama Cramer happy and clean. Getting sprayed (usually accidently) by cold saltwater was a great way to wake up in the morning.
April 21, 2016
While yesterday was a tough adjustment for some, to the feeling of the swells, today, on the whole, we all felt much better about the state of our stomachs. Though it is only our second day out of San Juan harbor, and our first full day of sailing, it feels as though we have been on the boat for quite some time. We are slowly grasping important skills, like how to sleep at odd hours, and how to appreciate each of the six meals every day.
April 20, 2016
Into the Blue Beyond
Today was the day we left the ‘safety’ of the San Juan harbor, pulling up anchor and setting sail. Waking up at 0600 hours, I ate a small breakfast because I didn’t know how seasick I would be once we got out of the harbor. After helping to set and gybe sails I was feeling great, riding each pitch of the boat like a carnival ride, and went below for engine room duty with our engineer. We pumped bilges and turned on the water makers.
April 19, 2016
We cut ties with land this morning. Pulled in the dock lines and motored over to an anchorage across San Juan Harbor. We leave behind the busy streets and curious passersby. Thus begins our gradual transition to sea. At anchor, we can feel a gentle roll as small swells pass under the hull. This motion will amplify as we leave the protection of the harbor tomorrow morning; it can be pretty bumpy north of Puerto Rico.
April 18, 2016
The First Night!
Greetings from the SSV Corwith Cramer,
Today begins the sea component of class C-266, SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. All of our students boarded the Corwith Cramer today at 1400 hours and joined the ship’s company as student crew.
April 17, 2016
C-266: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation
The students of C-266, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, by Monday, April 18th. They will arrive in Woods Hole, MA, around Thursday, May 20th, with a week long port stop in Bermuda.