SEA Currents: c270
Morning Watch Live blog! A Watch is on science station this morning, and I’ve got Bethany and Kelsee to help me run the lab. Let’s see how it goes!
0700 Just took over the lab, logging ourselves in and recording first hourly observations.
0710 Just regrouped with deck folks to begin daily cleanup.
Only Day 6
Steer a 134ft sailing vessel - check! Navigate by the stars - check! Have a challenging yet invigorating experience at sea - check and check! It is only day six and we have all learned so much. For the past week, all of the students have spent their time learning the approximately 90 lines of the ship and how to take care of Mama Cramer. She has been good to us thus far.
Counting Time Through Food
We’ve been at sea for 50 days, our calluses are so hard we could haul on barbed-wire and we’ve all forgotten what land smells like. Oh wait, it’s only been five days?!! Time on the ship is more fluid than on land and the days are almost indistinguishable. But there are a few ways to keep track of time…one of them is counting food events. We eat six times a day thanks to our fearless steward Morgan. It’s not an easy task cooking for 29 hungry sailors.
The Ship’s Energy
The sun has set, and the deck of our ship is bathed in the soft white glow of a freshly waning moon — so close to full, it’s easy to miss the small sliver missing from its bright ivory face. The wind is blowing fresh, broad over our port quarter, filling our moonlit sails, and pushing us along our way. My engineering tasks are finished for the day, and I am lucky to have the helm for an hour after dinner. The binnacle light ahead of me is bathing our compass in a deep crimson glow as I steer a course away from Gran Canaria and the rest of the volcanic archipelago of the Canary Islands.
A Day in the Life
Today was yet another great day on the SSV Corwith Cramer that had a beginning, middle, and a spectacular end. This is the story of this day. I hope it gives you as parents and friends insight and comfort knowing the idyllic lifestyle that we are leading here on our journey across the Atlantic.
Under a Super Moon
Time aboard the Corwith Cramer moves neither fast nor slow, instead I feel a new connection to time that can travel and depends deeply on Cramer, the ocean, elemental processes and the celestial universe. I had the great privilege of being on the Dawn Watch from 0100 to 0700 for our first night at sea. With all the excitement and condensed learning of sails, boat and sail anatomy, lifestyle and rules on board, there was no way I could fall asleep before our much anticipated first watch at 0100 under the super moon.
On My Way!
As we leave the mountains of Gran Canaria and Tenerife behind us, we are finally earning what we have been working so hard for: blue open ocean aboard the Corwith Cramer. For the past 24 hours I have been in a state of awe because this dream of mine has finally come true, but also have a strong sense of pride knowing the amount of work I have put in to get here. Although I am excited, I realize the vast amount of work ahead of me - sailing requires work for every mile and we are an ocean away from Dominica.
Underway from Las Palmas
Good evening from the Corwith Cramer,
We’re underway from Las Palmas, bound south along the coast of Gran Canaria and then southwest among the Canary Islands. Students spent much of yesterday and today getting oriented to the ship and starting to learn the new language spoken onboard.
SEA you later!
We are fourteen students from institutions around the world coming together to sail across the tropical North Atlantic Ocean. Our six-week shore component studies have just concluded, with classes in Nautical Science, Oceanography and Marine Policy. Within the next few days we will start our highly anticipated voyage, with the opportunity to put our practical nautical science skills to use and complete our scientific projects.
C-270: Oceans & Climate
The students of class C-270, Oceans & Climate, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer by Saturday, November 12th, in Canary Islands. They will end their voyage in St. Croix around December 21st, after a transatlantic crossing and a port stop in Dominica.