SEA Currents: c275
October 31, 2017
Halloween comes to the Corwith Cramer
Happy Halloween everybody!
So where to begin so much has happened just today and it’s hard to figure out where to start. I guess I’ll start with this, today was the beginning of phase II, The Shadow Phase. During this phase, we students are given more opportunities to be put into leadership rolls. That could be anywhere from calling the striking or a setting a sail or calling a gybe (that’s a way of turning the boat, mostly used to get ready for science).
October 30, 2017
One Thousand Nautical Miles
I don’t even know where to begin when attempting to describe to you my time onboard the ship thus far. It has been a crazy time of ups and downs, all of which are memorable in their own ways. Thankfully for me, most of the seasickness has finally passed (besides the natural fatigue that accompanies life onboard).
October 29, 2017
Another beautiful day and another beautiful sunrise and sunset. Out here in the middle of the ocean, these are my favorite thing to move relative to… that and 6 meals a day!
The seas have been laying down a bit, making working and moving around the vessel a bit easier. The Main Engine has been off for a good chunk of the last two days, which is nice for the engineer. Makes my world a bit quieter and cooler.
October 28, 2017
DEFEATING THE MUNG: Field Day #1
Greetings from the Corwith Cramer crew! Hope everyone on land is having (had?) a great weekend! I’m writing to you from the freshly cleaned library of our freshly cleaned ship! Today was field day and for those of you not in the know and wondering how we could possibly host a lively array of lawn activities and sporting events on a tall ship in the middle of the ocean, field day is when we clean the ship from the heads to the soles!
October 27, 2017
24 Hours is Not Enough
Over the past few days, the rough waves, interesting shower situations, and deck restrictions have triggered many spiritual conversations with Poseidon in search of smoother sailing. Someone must have spoken to him ‘cause this morning, we woke up to the open deck sign and gentler waves.
It’s hard to believe how little time has passed because I feel like we have been up to so much during the 9 days C-275 has spent on the Cramer. Last Friday, we left the WHOI dock and this Friday, we find ourselves in full watch schedules, working on our Creature Feature Infotainment assignment, and most urgent and exciting learning the lines in preparation for the Great Line Chase on Monday! There seems to be so much to look forward to.
October 26, 2017
A Bucket Full of Hope
In times of frustration, hardship, sorrow, or in this instance, very inclement weather, we often look to someone or something that acts as a beacon of hope. In the last 24 hours, for myself, my mate on watch, and several others aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, this shining light in the darkness has come in the form of a tiny, white bucket – one that is frequently overlooked and often, quite literally thought of as trash.
October 25, 2017
Dawn Watch in a Squall
As C-275 falls into the rhythm of life onboard Cramer I think a realization has come to all of us, that hours on watch seem to crawl by while days at sea are faster than the blink of an eye. Thinking of my upcoming evening watch is almost stunning as I swear I was just sleeping through breakfast after going to sleep at 0130 yesterday. Our schedule is hectic for sure but I can definitely feel myself slipping in and becoming part of the organized chaos.
October 24, 2017
A conversation I’ve had with several people already on this trip centers on how hard it is to believe that so little time has passed. It’s only been five days that we’ve been underway, but the routines of the watches are starting to repeat and it feels like we’ve all been doing this together for weeks. It’s exciting to think that once a few weeks have actually passed, we’ll all only be more in tune with each other and the rhythms of the boat.
Another great feature of this early part of the trip, I think, is that the students are still doing a lot of new things.
October 23, 2017
Getting Acquainted with Life at Sea
On Thursday morning, the students of C-275 were thrust into a life we knew nothing about, with people we had never met; after a day of unpacking boxes, drying produce, and loading the ship, we headed out into another unknown world, the Atlantic Ocean.
One week ago, I could not imagine what life onboard the Corwith Cramer would look like.
October 22, 2017
Cooking Success in Cramer’s New Galley!
In addition to learning sailing and science here on the Corwith Cramer, we’re also making discoveries in the culinary arts! Since departing Woods Hole, I have been lucky enough to share the galley with Anna, Darcy, Emma, and Sonia, with meal highlights including salmon teriyaki, Thai veggie salad, and Cramer’s first bread underway (focaccia)! Cooking on board is like solving a big puzzle; what will taste good, how can we make the meal the most nourishing, and (most importantly) where are all the ingredients?!