Captain Rebecca Johnson


Licenses and Endorsements:

National – Master 1600 tons Oceans with Aux Sail, Second Mate less than 2000 tons Oceans, Third Mate Oceans unlimited, AB unlimited, AB Sail, Lifeboatman, FCC License, Radar Observer, Tankerman PIC

STCW – OICNW, RFPNW, Advanced Firefighting, Medical Provider, GMDSS, Advanced Oil and Chemical Tanker Operation

Wilderness First Responder

Professional Experience:

Captain, Sea Education Association,  Jan 2021-present

  • Managed maintenance periods, taught students both ashore and onboard during semester long programs

Captain, Brigantine Matthew Turner, May 2022-present

  • Day sails and overnight programs around San Francisco Bay, troubleshooting hybrid propulsion system, maintenance on engineering systems

Captain, Schooner Seaward,  June 2021

  • Week-long summer camps, voyage prep, 4-day voyage

Chief Mate, Brigantine Matthew Turner,  Aug 2020-May 2021

  • Trained crew during vessel’s first sailing season, created vessel maintenance record keeping, wrote policies and procedures for vessel operations, created preventative maintenance plan

Chief Mate, Sea Education Association, Jan 2018-Jan 2020

  • Created schedules for port stops and turnarounds, trained crew in ships operations and safety, organized maintenance periods, updated policies

2nd Mate, Barque Elissa,  April 2018, 2019

  • Voyage planning, preparation of charts and pubs, prepped ship for first voyage in several years, conned the vessel in and out of the Galveston Ship Channel

2nd Mate, Sea Education Association, Spring 2016-Fall 2017

  • Taught students navigation, sail handling, and watch standing, wire tows under sail, maintained ship’s rigging, sails, and hull

Chief Mate, Schooner Mary Day,  Summer 2013-Fall 2015

  • 3-6 day long trips around Penobscot Bay, ran maintenance periods, towed and pushed the schooner with the yawl boat, 8-10 hours of driving time each week, including anchoring and getting underway

Volunteer Experience:

Instructor, Barque Elissa,  Fall 2011-Spring 2013

  • Educated crew about safety, sail handling, and seamanship, Maintained the ships rigging, bright work, and hull, worked with people ranging in age from 8-70


2022 Young Sail Trainer of the Year, Tall Ships America


Texas A&M University at Galveston, May 2013

Bachelor of Science in Marine Science- License Option

Bachelor of Arts in Maritime Studies