A Typical Day at Sea

 

While aboard ship, your Seafarers can expect to be an active member of the crew. Every man and woman aboard is a necessary hand and part of the team that allows us to get from one place to another safely, in good time, and with some pride in the accomplishment. Except for two periods of 3 day’s spent at sea in which we fulfill the requirements for the American Sailing Association Ocean Passagemaking certification, we will ordinarily weigh anchor in the morning, and drop anchor or dock in the evenings. Most of our destinations will be within a day’s sail of one another, and so there is no real need to spend several days at sea except as noted above to fulfill ASA Certification requirements.

 

Although this schedule and the activities will be adjusted for each crew and leg of our voyage, below is an example of how our days aboard will be coordinated.

  • 0600 – First Alarm – Captain and Galley Master Rise, Shower, Cook Breakfast
  • 0630 – Second Alarm – Rest of the Crew rise, wash hands and face and dress for breakfast.
  • 0700 – 0730 – Breakfast
  • 0730 – 0830 – Morning Chores and Shower Time
    • Shower Schedule 10 Minutes Each
    • Preparations to Weigh Anchor
  • 0830 – 0900 – Classroom Study of Sailing Curriculum
  • 0900 – 1200 – Morning Activities
    • Weigh Anchor
    • Getting Under Way
    • Practical Instruction
      • Sailing Lessons
      • Knot Tying exercises
      • Charting and Navigation
      • Piloting and Helmsmanship
      • Watch Standing
  • 1200 – 1230 – Heave-To for Lunch
  • 1230 – 1700 – Afternoon Activities
    • Similar to Morning Activities
  • 1700 – 1730 – Drop Anchor or Dock
  • 1730 – 1830 – Evening Chores and Shower Time
    • Shower Schedule 10 Minutes Each
    • Cleaning and Securing the ship
  • 1830 – 1930 – Dinner
  • 1930 – 1945 – 15 Minutes of Electronics (iPhone, android, kindle, etc)
    • Although one of the reasons for getting away is to get away from electronics, the internet and pervasive use of social networking. Staying with the times, giving the kids 15 minutes a few times a week while we at anchor or at dock we feel is still a good way for kids chat with family, catch up or post on Facebook, and relieve some of that internet withdrawal. 15 minutes is enough time to get a few things out-of-the-way without the opportunity to get retrenched and dependant in the electronic lifestyle
  • 1930 – 2200 – Evening Activities: Celestial Navigation, Journal, Free Study, Reading, Games, Letter Writing, General Free Time
  • 2200 – Lights Out