S12 – Keeping the ship in tip-top shape!

SSV Corwith Cramer February 3, 2012

Position: 24 49’N x 084 45’W

Heading: 175 T

Speed: 4 knots

Weather:  Cloudy, Force 4

Blog report

3 February 2012


Greetings from the deck of the Corwith Cramer! It is Friday, February 3rd here and the Spring 2012 class (S12) has officially been sailing in the Florida Straits for over 48 hours! S12 has logged about 200 miles at sea thus far. It is a breezy and fairly cloudy day with a temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. We are currently sailing 4-5 knots with the staysails set.

The students are quickly acclimating to life at sea and are routinely waking up for watch at 1900 in the evening or 0300 in the morning. Those on deck watch are responsible for keeping the ship sailing smoothly, which involves hauling on lines to set sails, plotting our course, steering the helm, and making sure the ship is in tip-top shape every hour, on the hour. During mid watch last night (2300 – 0300 hours), Alex L., Carly, Bianca, and Lara gybed twice with their watch officers, which means they brought the stern of the ship into the wind to change direction. They also brought the main sail down, the largest sail on the ship, which they set earlier that morning during their previous watch.

While the students are divided into 3 watches and are therefore up and roaming about the deck at different hours, they all come together for class (on the quarterdeck!) at 1430 each day. The students participated in their first class session together yesterday afternoon, where Professor and Chief Scientist Lisa Gilbert led a history and science class on Ben Franklin’s discovery of the Gulf Stream and our Captain Tom “Sully” Sullivan introduced us to sail theory. Starting this afternoon, students that stand dawn watch (0300-0700 hours) will also be reporting to the S12 class on their scientific discoveries in the wee hours of the morning.

That’s all for now-check back and visit soon to hear about our next adventures!

Zoe, Nicole, Connor, and Alex S. on morning science watch!

Author: williamsmystic

A one semester interdisciplinary ocean and coastal studies program integrating marine science, maritime history, environmental policy, and literature of the sea.

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