SEA Currents: life at sea
Tuna and Tim Tams
Hope everyone at home had an amazing Thanksgiving! We definitely did, and today (3 days later) we are finally able to move again after being full for a couple of days. We picked up anchor in Russell and we’re heading back out to the open ocean after depleting the local sources of Tim Tams (NZ chocolate biscuits). Just kidding sort of.
Today is a momentous day for us. After all of this time at sea I can now say that we are solidly about a week from land in any direction, and even more importantly we have reached our fabled Checkpoint A. At about 1700 (5:00pm for you landlubbers) we turned the wheel away from the comfortable ~230os true we have been steering these last many days, as we have reached our golden latitude. From this point on we will be steering nearly straight west, towards our next checkpoint in the Caribbean.
An American Thanksgiving Abroad
Ahhh, Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday in which we overindulge with the ones we (hopefully) love. Just kidding (maybe not). For me, Thanksgiving is a holiday that I feel very specific about. My family and I have many traditions surrounding Thanksgiving that I hold very near and dear to my heart. So, as you can imagine, the idea of celebrating this special holiday abroad was quite a daunting one.
Thanksgiving on the High Seas
Today is American Thanksgiving, and festivities have been ongoing aboard the Cramer all day! From making hand turkeys during morning watch (don’t worry, we also did science and sail handling) to a big, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, we definitely did Thanksgiving despite being on the high seas. In fact, we also had a special Thanksgiving swizzle. A swizzle is a little party onboard for which everyone dresses up or wears special/crazy clothes.
Haiku for You
Hello all! This is Anna (the Simpsonator) and Emma (Wighty) comin at ya live from the middle of the Atlantic. Today we took the time to gather haikus from people onboard, so all our dedicated fans could get a taste of life on board and how we’re all doing out here. So without further ado:
A Whole New World
Hello my family and friends, this is Siya. It is hard to write this blog because so many things happened in the past two weeks and I do not know where to begin. Life at sea is much different than life on shore, and one thing I notice is that people on Cramer treat each other as family. We do a lot of school work, but even more time is spent learning how to live on the ship. There is a whole new language to learn. In the past, sailors learned sailing by oral traditions and working on the ship, and now we are learning in the same way.
A Dramatic Interpretation of Time at Sea
Time has had a funny way of changing its meaning while being aboard Seamans. It’s almost like we’re sailing through another dimension, where days and nights don’t really exist and the only weather we’ve ever had is that which we are experiencing in the present. In place of days, there are simply cycles without beginning or an end, which loop on infinitely. There are times when it is light and times when it is dark.
We have all been having vivid dreams recently. Our dreams were not necessarily maritime-related, though one of us did dream about “the crew”, as she put it in her vague terms. Come to think of it, all of us had described our dreams in a scant manner, despite insisting that these dreams were rich and almost lifelike, almost tangible. I do suppose there is something rather personal in divulging the contents of one’s dream, but it may be that perhaps it is simply impossible to translate the full experience of a dream into real life.
Life at sea is SWELL
Hello friends, realtives, strangers, aquantainces, people you met that one time at a party, and people who just stumbled on this blog by accident. It’s been a lovely week underway on the SSV Corwith Cramer! The past few days have been somewhat sporty (shoutout to Captain Jason for the term) with hazy skies, high winds gusting to a Beaufort force 7, and massive swells that have rocked us all night and day! Yesterday, we even had a wave crash over deck and spill in to the aft cabin which isn’t the most ideal situation.
Bobbin’ N Weavin’ Aboard the Bobby C. Seamans
To all Family, Friends, SEA Alumni, Prospective SEA Students, Land-lovers and Matees Back Home:
Hello from the Southern Hemisphere! It’s day three sailing aboard Mama Seamans and we have quickly learned that foul weather makes for a tight ship. Plus, our fearless Captain Burke reminds us that learning on the job in these adverse weather conditions will help us develop non-shortcutting habits early on. We passed through the Hauraki Gulf yesterday and after a night hove-to, we are now 46.5 nautical miles Northeast by East of the Great Barrier Islands bound for the Bay of Islands where we arrive right in time for Thanksgiving!