SEA Currents: caribbean.
March 21, 2015
Stocking up on food - Searching for monkeys
I usually make my way to the grocery store to buy food for myself or for my apartment, so from 1 to 4 people. But I have never been asked to buy enough vegetables and fruit to feed 33 people. Becky, Lillian, Harmony and I headed to the bustling market this morning around 0800. We bought all sorts of grub, from lemons, to lettuce, tomatoes, to spices, to massive papayas, and to conclude a full stock of bananas that weighed 58 lbs which was quite ‘entertaining’ to carry through the busy streets of Grenada!
March 20, 2015
Grenada Port Stop
Grenada has been delightfully welcoming!
Today we toured around the island of Grenada guided by a true professional - Mandoo Tours. We had the privilege to visit an amazing, working spice factory (Douglaston Estate), unique hot springs, as well as a historic Friday Night Fish Fry celebration in the town of Gouyave.
March 19, 2015
We’re good, but thank you anyway
“We’re good, but thank you anyway”, is a phrase we have used often on our Caribbean adventure in response to the many self-appointed “tour guides” and the local market venders who offer their services as we pass by on the street.
We were only approached a few times with these offers when wandering the streets of St. George in Grenada today.
March 18, 2015
Some Visitors Aboard
We’ve been anchored since yesterday morning just outside of St. George’s harbor, positioned at 12°02.9’ N X 61°45.6’W off of the Spice Island, also known as Grenada. Thankfully this time being firmly held in place by our two anchors. In the lee of the island, winds have been light, sometimes gusting to ten knots from the northeast, which have kept the Cramer pointed east towards St. George. I realized yesterday that this is the farthest south that I’ve ever been, and the strength of the sun down here is unbelievable.
March 17, 2015
Green Eggs and Ham
After snorkeling we anchored! Our agenda for the afternoon was the long anticipated oceanography poster board project. Made through all hours and watches of the night with scavenged materials, our class produced resourceful and informative posters. But beyond our posters themselves was the palpable enthusiasm for each one of our topics. James spent hours mixing acid to identify smelly sediment.
March 13, 2015
This morning we parted ways with the beautiful island of Dominica. Although it’s exciting to be underway again and fall back into our “normal” routines, the last few days at anchor were wonderful. On Tuesday I celebrated my 21st birthday exploring Roseau with friends and hiking to Trafalgar Falls. I was also able to phone home to my parents and sister, an opportunity which I now realize that I often take for granted when in the States.
March 12, 2015
Old Friends and New
Wow. It’s already March 12th. This trip is flying by! Okay. So. March 12th. The Corwith Cramer is currently anchored in the port of Portsmouth, Dominica. It is a beautiful day in the Caribbean! I woke up at 0530 and went on a run with Captain Sean, and my wonderful shipmates Emily, Sarah, speedy Rob and Matt. After our run we had a delicious breakfast! Thank you Becky! Later that morning I learned that I was assigned to be Assistant Steward for this day in port!
March 11, 2015
Field Trip to the Kalinago Territory
4:45 am, rise and shine! My day begins with deck watch taking bearings and doing boat checks making sure all is well while the crew slowly wakes up. Another glorious sunrise, and it’s time to set the flags-one under which we sail, America, and a courtesy flag of the country we are in, Dominica. “Wai’tukubuli” “tall is her body” is what the indigenous people call the island for her tall forested mountains.
March 10, 2015
You can’t count on the sea, But you can count on your crew
I began my day at a lovely 0420. I was helpfully encouraged to bring a foul weather jacket to my watch. I would come to cherish that advice as I was greeted by solid 28-30 knot winds with gusts reaching near fifty. But before I arrived on deck (sleeping semi-comfortably in my bunk), I had no idea that we pulled in our starboard anchor and began a controlled drift that extended one nautical mile from our original anchorage in Prince Rupert’s Bay. In addition to that, we had motor tacked and performed this maneuver once before I even arrived on the scene.
March 05, 2015
Little Bay, Montserrat
“Please be aggressive when you wake me up for mid-watch. I’ll need it.”
That’s what I told Colin and the B Watch crew before going to bed last night. We had spent the past day and a half sailing under the wind/wave protection of St. Kitts and Nevis, and I knew that my C Watch crew would be responsible for launching a potentially tumultuous journey to Montserrat. at 2300 at night. Shout-out to my mom Kazumi and sister Lisa, who know how slow I can be to get going in the morning!