SEA Currents: ocean exploration
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 23, 2020
Grateful to be Sailing
The last two weeks on the Corwith Cramer have been a whirlwind. For the first time in many months, we have students! In some ways, this feels foreign; the last six months aboard have consisted of professional crew transits, weird transitory maintenance periods, and a full haul-out shipyard period. So while the Corwith Cramer has never been empty, she hasn’t felt like the sailing school vessel that she is.
October 22, 2020
Last night as B watch sailed to 1 am through a thick and very damp fog, another member of the crew was up with us-flitting around corners and in and out of the engine room like the ghost of late-night boat checks.
October 21, 2020
Into the Fog
The last 24 hours have imbued our lungs with fog, transcending our existence to an alternate dimension that exists outside of time and space. With waves that melt into hazy sky a few feet away, we could be anywhere.
October 20, 2020
A Whaley Good Day
Today was my favorite day so far on the SSV Corwith Cramer! I was woken up at 5:30 to start my day as steward. I cooked and baked a lot of yummy things (with help from Adam and Katey).
October 19, 2020
From Boot Watch, to Buff Watch, to Best Watch…
Life on the Corwith Cramer is unlike a life I have ever lived before. It is an adventure every day, with something new being thrown at us hour by hour, and we have only been here for 10 days. A big part of being on this boat is the watch rotations, because that is what our lives revolve around. B watch’s first full watch was dawn watch (01:00-0:700).
October 17, 2020
Music, Oh how we missed you
Everyone is starting to get more and more comfortable aboard the Cramer. Watch routines are starting to feel normal, which has everyone feeling less stressed. Last night we had a gale pass through with some rough winds and heavy rain. Dawn watch had to deal with most of the effects. After the gale moved through the sky cleared up and led to a beautiful day. Today was also our first Field Day!!
October 16, 2020
Thankful for Thankless Work
Life on the deck of the Cramer involves a lot of what some might call thankless tasks. Today, as we tacked around the end of Martha’s Vineyard, we had to strike the two stays’ls very quickly. B Watch, along with some miscellaneous folks that happened to be on deck, was confronted with a blur of muscle work
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 14, 2020
A cornucopia of marine life
Today was special, and most onboard would say, that is an understatement. Of course memories are short. The day started off a bit rough. We were motor-sailing in some rolly, confused seas. The galley lost a bunch of eggs in one of those rolls and first sitting breakfast ‘only’ had bagels, fruit and bacon to start the day.