Perhaps you have paid close attention to our ship's name, the SSV Corwith Cramer. Sailing School Vessel. That means no passengers, only crew, so the students have a fair bit of training to complete before we can safely head out to sea.
We have made the most of our time today with a series of training sessions led by our professional crew. The science team, led by 1st Scientist Anna, introduced students to the safe operation of the hydrowinch and hydraulic J-Frame. Commands such as 'Wire lower, wire stop, J-Frame out, wire raise, J-Frame in', all gear is aboard, etc.' were given and repeated across the science deck. Thankful to say I never once had to use the Emergency Stop button. They are learning quickly!
On deck students gathered with 2nd Mate Carolyn and learned proper line handling skills: hauling, coiling, sweating and tailing, making fast, etc.; each skill essential to the safe and successful setting and striking of sails. Later on students met with 3rd Mate Sara on the head rig and furled the jib. And finally, just for fun, students had the opportunity to climb aloft on the foremast under the watchful tutelage of Chief Mate Rocky. It was a busy and the students are doing a wonderful job soaking up all of this knowledge. Soon we will be ready to cast off the dock lines and head out to sea.