Ready for an adventure with a purpose? Request info »
  • Search SEA Semester, Summer and High School Programs

Current position of the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Click on the vessel to view position history. Use the tools, top right, to change the map style or view data layers. Dates and times use GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

April 09, 2020

One Day Down, 30-some Odd to Go

Sabrina Hutchinson, Deckhand


The first message in a bottle gets thrown over the side on morning watch!

Ship's Log

Noon Position
40 degrees 54.7’ S x 177 degrees 37.8’ E

Ship’s Heading & Speed
030 PSC, 8 knots

Days Underway & Trip Log
Day 2, 175 nm

Description of Location
70 nm East of Castle Point

Mostly cloudy, 15 degrees C, Force 6 winds

Time flies when you're sailing along at 8 knots! We were finally able to turn off the engine after nearly 24 hours underway, it feels so much better to just be harnessing the power of the wind. This is the first time I've stood watch in over three years and I am having an absolute blast. I usually sail as steward and am therefore an "other," however, I am now a proud member of C watch (which I was on for my student trip, so it feels like home). Luckily, my relief was already in country when travel restrictions were put into place (see above blog by Kylie), but I knew the boat would need more hands to safely get her to Hawaii. I offered myself as a skilled watch stander, so here I am! It will be a very different experience for me, but one that I am excited about.

I was on the helm as we got underway from Wellington yesterday and stood the first underway watch with my fellow C-Watchers: Cassie, Kate, Sascha and Ella. We then got to sleep through the night (lucky us!) and stood morning watch today. We did more sail handling in those 6 hours than I've done in the last 4 years I've worked at SEA! (I'm only being slightly dramatic). We struck the raffee (uppermost square sail on the foremast), set the topsail (second highest square on the fore), set the jib and the jib topsail (the two forward most fore & aft sails) and gybed around when the wind backed on us. And that was all in the first 90 minutes of watch! I also had a fun time helping Sean, our Captain, send our first message in a bottle over the side (see picture).

Now I'm sitting in our Library, listening to Sascha and Ella discuss the video that they're hoping to make while I write today's blog. I made a Moralendar (calendar of morale events) and hung it up in the main salon so that we can keep spirits high while we continue on this incredible journey. For now, I absolutely love my change of scenery from the galley to deck, because it's re-sparking my love for what we do out here. However, I love that I am able to be around to answer Kylie's questions (this is her first trip sailing as solo steward and she is CRUSHING IT!). I feel so fortunate to be on the Bobby C, where routine is not only mandated but a comfort, especially in these times of world-wide uncertainty. We don't know what exactly the world will look like when we come alongside in Honolulu, but I know we'll all be happy to be back in US waters and will have many sea stories to tell. For now, I'll leave you with a haiku:

Honolulu bound

Sailing through the Pacific

Loving this wild life

- Sabrina Hutchinson, C-Watch Stander

Editor's Note: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all SEA Semester students departed our ships on or before March 18, with modifications made to the cruise tracks to ensure swift travel home.  A small, dedicated professional crew aboard each vessel is working in a closed community to return our ships to the US waters.  The crew aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans complied with New Zealand's 14 day self-isolation period to establish & maintain crew health prior to departing on their open ocean passage.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans, • Topics: s290t • (3) Comments
Previous entry: Preparation to Get Underway    Next entry: Date Lines and Fish Tales


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Kalmar Nyckel Crew on April 10, 2020

The Wednesday night “Crew Zoom” meeting of the Kalmar Nyckel (71 participants) wants to wish Cassie and the rest of the crew great sailing and a safe voyage!  Nigel says, “at least someone is sailing”!  Best to all of you.

#2. Posted by Oleta Corry on April 10, 2020

Cassie, Sabrina and Tristan,  what a treat to see your beautiful faces in the photo of the crew on the Seamans heading to Hawaii! I so very often think of all of you and how delightful, helpful, encouraging and fun to be with on our voyage to Tahiti.  My, what a difference a year makes!  So glad you are all safe and healthy.  Fair Winds and may the Seas follow!  Sabrina,  I have not been out of your granola and nut butter yet….yummy!  Your old voyage buddy,  Oleta

#3. Posted by Bill Bundy on April 11, 2020

Sabrina,  Thanks for sharing the journey with us.  Its been told that its not the destination, but the journey that is important.  Enjoy the journey and all the experiences and life lessons you experience and incorporate into your being.

Enjoy and keep sharing!



Add a comment:

Notify me of follow-­up comments?

I would like SEA to keep me informed about news and opportunities.