SEA Currents: gap year learn to sail
December 07, 2020
C Watch vs. The Big Squall
“Olivia, I’m here to relieve you at the wheel. What is your course order?”
November 10, 2020
No Supernatural Phenomena to Report… Yet!
Dear loyal readers,
October 24, 2020
A “Swell” Weekend with Friends
As fun as life on the Corwith Cramer is, it’s definitely an adjustment compared to life on shore. Of course, in the distant time of about three weeks ago, we were given plenty of advice for living at sea: Bring warm, waterproof clothes.
October 15, 2020
Offshore for Shore
Hello to everyone reading this blog. It’s been a long, beautiful 24 hours on the Cramer. Just about a day ago I was settling into a beautiful Evening Watch—1900 to 0100. On lookout and the helm, I got a pretty excellent view of a full night sky.
October 11, 2020
This afternoon, faculty and crew welcomed 24 new students to the SSV Corwith Cramer, their new home for the next six weeks.
November 13, 2019
St John, USVI’s Port Stop
So uhhh, tonight we saw aliens.
Just as I was settling into a relaxing anchor watch after a long day of customs, ice cream, anchoring, swim calls, delicious views, and overly sunny and sweaty cuddle puddles, some more excitement peered around the corner.
November 12, 2019
Aloft and About
Another wonderful day here aboard the Cramer out in the Sombrero passage just due east of the Sir Francis Drake Chanel. Today students spent time collecting inventory for galley team, learning the intricacies of plate tectonics in the Caribbean and relaxing out on the course yard aloft for a beautiful sunset over Virgin Gorda.
November 10, 2019
As the assistant engineer I have spent a long time familiarizing myself with our engineering spaces and the things we keep in them. We have vast, organized stores of tools, materials, knick-knacks, and thingamabobs so that in any problem-solving scenario we may have the supplies on board that we need to fix just about anything that could pop up.
November 03, 2019
Excited about our First Port Stop
As we get closer and closer to our first port stop, Dominica, I am filled with mixed emotions. I am eagerly awaiting our first glimpse of land (and to see who will win the Land Ho bet) and to find out if you can really smell land like some people have said.
October 27, 2019
Youth and the Sea
Day 17: this is one of my favorite points during the trip. Behind us are the days in the beginning of the voyage where the students, wide-eyed and perhaps a bit overwhelmed by their immersion in a new and totally alien environment, careen from helm to lookout to lab as they try to learn the language of the ship, how to steer a course and plot a position, and how to count copepods through a microscope while timing the roll of the ship.