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November 05, 2015

Reflections on a Journey

Anna Boyer, C-Watch, Barnard College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Throughout this journey my brain has been a constant filter of questions I am continually asking myself. “Why am I doing this?” “How am I going to figure this out?” “How am I going to react to this?” “Where in the world is the forestays’l jigger?” Most of them remain answer-less (don’t worry, I’ve figured that last one out), but I have still managed to gain an immeasurable amount of self awareness by consistently asking myself these types of questions.

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November 04, 2015

Routines that are Never Routine

Kit Pavlekovsky, Sailing Intern

The Global Ocean: Europe

Perusing past blog posts for inspiration, I realized how little attention gets paid to the daily routine of the ship. And yet it takes over much of our life: even beyond the determination of when we sleep and eat, it’s relatively easy to predict what you might be doing at any given time. On the watches, one of the JWO’s main tasks is ensuring the steady rotation of people between the constant jobs. Someone’s always steering and someone’s always keeping a visual lookout.

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November 03, 2015

Progress along the Cruise Track to Gran Canaria

Janet Bering, 3rd Assistant Scientist

The Global Ocean: Europe

I want to start out this blog with an apology to my mom. Sorry Mom, I haven’t made it into any of the blog pictures and today’s is no exception. We’ll be in the Canaries soon though, so I will send you some pictures then, and I will even call you on the phone!*

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November 02, 2015

Five Things I Know to be True within the New Zealand EEZ

Meredith Clark, A Watch, Denison University


Five things I know to be true:

1. The wind will change direction in the last ten minutes before watch turnover
2. Befriending the steward has many perks (plus Bex is pretty cool regardless)
3. Foulie pants are worth wearing for midwatch, even when the sky is clear and the stars are out
4. Buffs can and will be used as ear warmers/hats
5. Calling the galley a “kitchen,” the soles “floors” and ladders “stairs” will be met by an eye roll and a prompt correction by mates and other crewmembers.

October 30, 2015

Reflections from the Boundless Sea

Chris Losco, B Watch, Boston College


It’s our 6th day at sea on our 12 day journey to New Zealand, and as much as I can’t wait to step onto unmoving land that lets you walk where you actually want to walk, I’ve also been getting more comfortable and accustomed to our daily routines. Just over four weeks ago, we boarded this ship with no knowledge of the lines, lab procedures, or parts in the engine room. Now, during our deck watches, sails are set and struck by students with minimal guidance from the mates, and the delegation of hourly tasks is managed entirely by students as well.

October 29, 2015

Life beyond the white noise

Michael (Big Dog) Gestal, B Watch, University of Denver


I often find myself sitting out on the bow sprit or on top of the doghouse, trying to take a moment just to soak it all in, to understand what it all means and why it’s so important. It is abundantly clear that this experience means more than a semester at school or any other study abroad program for that matter, but I have this feeling deep inside me that there is something going on around me that is changing me.

October 28, 2015

Sailing Life

Will McLean, Chief Mate


Passages across Open Oceans are hard to describe to those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience the vast open ocean from the deck of a sailing ship cutting through the waves under the power of the wind alone. Living life on a sailing ship on the open ocean opens ones perspective on the world and creates a feeling of power and strength in the soul while teaching how small and powerless we really are against the supremacy of the elements.

October 27, 2015

Tarring the bowsprit

Mairin Wilson, B watch, Middlebury College


Today 3rd Mate Kevo had me tar the rigging on the bowsprit. I wanted to make a bracelet out of line, and I had to give back to the ship before I could take from it. So this afternoon, I filled an old Sriracha bottle with tar, put on gloves and headed onto the bowsprit (the net on the front of the boat). Tarring the bowsprit involves rubbing tar onto the net (rigging). The tar acts as sunscreen for the rigging, protecting it from UV damage.

October 26, 2015

After Every Squall comes a (Double) Rainbow

Anthea Fisher, Wellesley College

The Global Ocean: Europe

It’s just about time for first dinner seating here on the Cramer as we nearly complete our fifth (!) full day underway to Madeira. The time has flown by so far on this leg and its difficult to believe that less than a week ago we were in Cadiz finally enjoying some good weather on our extra day in port. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what day and time it is aside from knowing when your last watch ended and when your next will begin, but as the work is piling up its becoming apparent that our voyage is almost over!

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October 25, 2015

Not So Lazy Sunday

Marissa Shaw, AB

The Global Ocean: Europe

Hello everyone! It was a busy Sunday aboard the Corwith Cramer. Today was a special day onboard called Staff in the Galley day where members of the staff, other than our fabulous Stewards Nick and Sarah, take a crack at running the galley throughout the day. Craig started the day off strong with delicious pancakes, followed by a glorious morning snack of soft pretzels brought to fruition by Sailing Interns Molly and Kit.

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