SEA Currents: sailing
August 04, 2014
Of Sharks, Whales and Squalls.
It has been about 5 weeks and over 2500 nautical miles since Hawaii. Nikumaroro is now astern of us, about 1.5 miles away as we slowly, but surely leave her behind.
I’ll never forget Nikumaroro. I had one day on the island, and it couldn’t have been a more remarkable day. Just being there knowing that there’s no one else but you and the island in all of her glory (excluding the thriving rat population of course) is a truly wonderful state of being. If you ever get a chance to sail to Nikumaroro, do it. But today’s story has nothing to do with Nikumororo even though many tales circle around our three days spent there.
July 24, 2014
Well here it is, our last day at sea before reaching the bustling port of Lisbon, Portugal. The prevailing Northerlies have really come through for us in the past 36 hours, and we’ve had the distinct pleasure of sailing downwind before a following sea and beneath some lovely altocumulus artwork. As Ryan, Steve, and Elliot taught us yesterday, these winds are a result of the Azores high, also known as the North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre. As warm tropical air moves North in the atmosphere to these temperate latitudes, it cools down and sinks, creating a region of relatively high pressure at the surface.
July 23, 2014
Doug here reporting in from the seas off the coast of Portugal. Since we had very favorable winds so far on this leg of the voyage, we are a bit ahead of schedule. So instead of arriving in Lisbon early and freaking out our Portuguese friends, we are simply sailing to sail. Currently, we are sailing under the main, the mainsail, the foresail, and the jib. The extra time gives us the opportunity to work on our second papers (which are due upon arrival in Lisbon) and improve our sailing practices.
July 20, 2014
We are enjoying a calm and productive Dawn Watch here on the SSV Corwith Cramer, making quite a bit of headway towards Lisbon, Portugal. Favorable winds are allowing us to sail dead South on a run towards our destination. The ship feels squeaky clean after Field Day yesterday, during which we scrubbed every inch of the interior (or at least it felt that way).
July 19, 2014
Finisterre, or “Land’s End” is a place name that repeats itself frequently on the European coast, its individual versions each marking the spot where land runs out and ocean begins. This final corner of Spain marks the southern limit of the Bay of Biscay, and the eastern edge of the Azores High, which here in mid-summer is giving us a beautiful morning. It’s a boundary area for several current and weather systems, and has been a busy place for marine life. In recent days we’ve had productive plankton tows, bird sightings.. even a fish, hooked briefly on our trolling line before making its escape.
July 15, 2014
C254 Blog 15 July 2014
Good Morning to all back home! Stephen here, reporting on the Corwith Cramer’s daily functions. We are currently.SAILING! After motor-sailing for the last couple of days since leaving Douarnenez, everyone was getting anxious to get back under sail. The winds are finally coming at us from the west allowing us to set the Four Lowers and the JT as the sun shines over the Bay of Biscay. This morning, while I was on dawn watch, dolphins protruded out of the water around us! The fascinating creatures cruised ahead of us, exciting the crew and students alike to see such fauna in the pre-dawn moonlight.
July 12, 2014
MOCHNESS + Pilot Whales
I’m not going to lie, today has been BUSY! Saturdays really are full of fun, learning and aquatic treats. Today started out for A Watch with a fast paced morning watch, sailing under all fore and aft sails up until our science station at 0900. The much anticipated MOCNESS made its first foray into the depths for this trip with a 400 meter tow, cumulatively taking about two hours of towing time. Molly and Erik did some spot on steering, with over a mile of wire over the side.
July 11, 2014
Approach to the Equator
Hello to all you Lovely Land Lubbers (We love alliterations here aboard the Mama Seamans), this is Marissa, 1/3 of the D.O.D, or Department of Deckhands that is sailing this awesome PIPA SEA Semester. Today has been yet another glorious day aboard, and as we pasted through the meteorological equator aka the Doldrums, aka the ITCZ, we have been able to secure the Main Engine and sail once more.
July 09, 2014
C254 Blog 09 July 2014
Bon Jour from French waters!
Mo and Ryan here, reporting for C-254 13 miles off the coast of France! After one of the crew (we won’t say who) broke the cardinal rule of not touching the “Winder-starker,” Cramer’s on board weather controlling handle, we had a brief bout of winds lighter than the horse latitudes. However, after hanging said crew member’s shoes off the starboard quarter, Neptune granted us good luck and better winds, and we are on track to arrive at Douarnenez Bay a day ahead of schedule.
July 07, 2014
Down the River Lee
After two very productive days spent learning the ship and studying local history in Cork, we boarded a pilot yesterday at 1230 for a trip down the river Lee and back to sea. The trip downriver winds through a beautiful green landscape of agricultural fields, dotted with towns and Industry. Cobh (pronounced: “Cove”) is the main working port of Cork harbor, with wharves built a century ago to accommodate the White Star liners. On our way past, the staff of the harbor control office waved us farewell with a giant foam hand.