SEA Currents: sailing
July 06, 2014
The Vastness of the Ocean
Hour after hour, mile after mile, the horizon remains a flat blue constant. Clouds and some rain pass by overhead intermittently throughout the day and night as swells rock the Seamans back and forth. It seems as if the surrounding world is stuck in the same loop while life on board moves forward. The ocean is a big place. And by big I mean really big. Standing at the helm of the Robert C. Seamans for a few hours, it hit me today how much of our world is covered by blue.
June 23, 2014
Falling in Love with Sailing
Aloha Friends and family!
Wow! What a journey it has been!! I cant believe we are almost at the end of our sailing journey. Over this short one week of sail time I have gained an experience of a lifetime. From setting and striking the four lowers to collecting zooplankton from intense science deployments, this has been everything and more than I expected out of this program.
The last 24 hours has been the most exciting time on the ship.
June 19, 2014
C253 Web Blog 19 June 2014
Hey land lovers,
We are currently sailing (wind jammin) over the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge. I find it fascinating and so does our lab equipment with the chlorophyll A readings totally different from anything we have experienced so far! Hopefully in one of our next deployments we will catch some type of awesome sea creature that none of us has ever seen before!
June 17, 2014
C253 Web Blog - 17 June 2014
We have now been on the Cramer for seventeen days! This seems insane to me, but on the other hand I can hardly remember land life. We are ending our 17th day, which means about ten days left on the Cramer. The past seventeen days have been a mix of hard work, utter happiness, exhaustion, excitement, and a pure learning experience. I feel I have learned about a whole other world I couldn’t have tried to figure out without experiencing it.
June 15, 2014
C253 Web Blog - 15 June 2014
These are the voyages of the science ship Corwith Cramer; her mission: to explore new depths of the North Atlantic, and act as an ambassador on the high seas.
Today was another rousing Field Day aboard the Cramer! Our weather at dawn was a bit dark and damp, but with calming seas and less rain than late, and by afternoon watch and class time at 1600, the cloud layers had lifted into puffy cumulous clouds, the seas calmed to a nice lapping swell, and the sun came out.
June 08, 2014
C253 Web Blog - 08 June 2014
Its hard to believe that it has already been a week since we all first stepped on the Cramer. In some ways it feels like it has been far more than a week, given the challenges of adjusting to the watch schedule, seasickness, and learning a new language and new skills. But things have started to fall into a rhythm on the boat. Pretty much everyone has overcome their seasickness either through time or better living through chemistry.
June 06, 2014
C253 Web Blog - 06 June 2014
To all on shore, we have spent a whole day with the engine off and the sails up! A low pressure system just passed over us at the beginning of Afternoon Watch and has left behind it clear and sunny skies. We have been able to exercise most of the sails today, which was a great change from the motor sailing we had been doing with just the lowers up. Currently, we are flying the storm trysl (still up from the low pressure system), the mainstaysl, the forestaysl, the jib, the topsl and the rafee sail.
April 27, 2014
Flying to Hawaii
We’ve had quite the week aboard the Seamans! Six days ago we shut down the main engine and have been flying towards Hawaii (stopping here and there to do a little science, of course) on a starboard tack ever since. The trade winds picked up to a Force 7 (28-33 kts) for a few days and brought with them swells twice as tall as I am that surged higher than the quarterdeck at times. Apart from making any attempt at walking below decks quite comical, the winds and seas have made for an exciting (and nerve-wracking) JWO phase!
April 23, 2014
Trade Winds Sailing
We’re currently experiencing one of the epic days of sailing on this trip. The NE trade wind is blowing fresh and the Seamans is on a starboard tack close reach, heeling and making for some dynamic sailing. There is an occasional splash of spray over the windward side and even more occasionally a flying fish has been turning up on deck, having been carried aboard with the wind. Yesterday we made our best day’s run of the trip having logged 155.3 miles in 24 hours. This is the homeward stretch toward Hilo and the trade winds are expected for the duration.
April 14, 2014
Ahoy outside world!
We are back underway and remembering how this sailing thing works. It was an amazing extended stay in Nuku Hiva, full of lush tropical forests, waterfalls, and charismatic megafauna. Absolutely the highlight of my birthday was completing a boat check while on anchor watch around 4 AM, and being called up to the quarterdeck to watch one, then two, then three manta rays swimming up to our boat, floating dreamily around in our stern light, somersaulting and waving to us. It was breathtaking; I never imagined I would be seeing such a beautiful animal!