Coming back into Key West Harbor after six weeks at sea brought on a spectrum of powerful emotions. The first sight of land is always exciting, bringing with it the promise of rowdy celebration on shore and a meal prepared by someone other than your 36 best friends. On the other hand, the ocean begins to call you back out before you've even reached your anchorage. For a first-time sailor, those precious weeks on blue water are the best window onto yourself and the fragile and powerful world around you that you're ever likely to get. So coming home--as with all travel--is cathartic.
This photo was fortuitous: I was beginning to scamper down from the Foretop (134 feet in the air) when I peered down and saw my friend Giles perched aerie-like on the yard-arm below me. For me, the scene captured all the beauty and fragility of life on the ocean: small human figures against the infinite blue.
The SSV Corwith Cramer is operated by the SEA Education Association of Woods Hole, MA.