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Tall Ships to Spend 52 Days in Four Bay Area Ports Starting Feb. 20

UPDATED: New value-priced Evening Sails added to Bay Area schedule || Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have added six mid-week sailing excursions to accommodate guests who cannot sail on the weekends. Most public excursions happen on the weekends, but many of the ships’ fans work on the weekends or have family obligations. The ships have added the following mid-week Evening Sails as another option for these guests. Here’s the Evening Sail schedule:

Antioch: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 3.
Antioch: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 9.
Redwood City: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 16.
Redwood City: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 23.
Sausalito: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 31.
Sausalito: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 6.

The tall ship Evening Sails are value-priced at $35 per person. The two-hour excursions feature a chance for guests to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are available immediately via the Public Sails Schedule or by calling 800-200-5239.

In each port, the ships will open for walk-on tours and offer public sailings, including the popular two-ship Battle Sails. Here’s the dates for each port:


Oakland (Jack London Square): February 20-29.


Antioch (City Marina): March 2-9.


Redwood City (Port of Redwood City): March 12-23.


Sausalito (Bay Model): March 25 to April 11.

The three-hour Battle Sails feature close-quarters maneuvers with real cannon firing real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Guests are encouraged to help operate the ship and verbally taunt the adversaries. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 seniors, students, and active military, $39 children 12/under. Most Battle Sails are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The ships will also offer two-hour Adventure Sails, which also feature a chance for guests to help raise a sail or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12/under. Most Adventure Sails are scheduled at 11 a.m. Sundays.

Purchase all tickets online or call 800-200-5239. No reservations are required for the walk-on tours, which are usually scheduled for 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For a detailed schedule of tours and sailings, view the Public Sail Schedule.

Both ships are booking specially priced one-hour and three-hour educational programs for elementary school students and home-school groups during the week. For information, call 800-200-5239.


Jack London Square, Oakland


Antioch City Marina


Port of Redwood City


Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito

GHHSA Seeks Applicants for Its Board of Directors

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is seeking committed and enthusiastic applicants for open positions on its Board of Directors. The volunteer Board oversees Historical Seaport policies and operations for the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, and its Seaport Landing property in Aberdeen. The Board currently has four openings on its 12-member panel.

Board members are expected to contribute to GHHSA in the following manner:
• Embrace the mission of the organization
• Understand the history, programs, and needs of GHHSA
• Learn and carry out the legal responsibilities of the board
• Serve as an ambassador for the organization
• Attend all board meetings, retreats and special events
• Actively support and participate in GHHSA fundraising efforts
• Maintain a membership in GHHSA

A complete description of responsibilities, along with an application form, is available by emailing Helen Bond, Administrative Assistant, hbond@historicalseaport.org. For more information, call 360-532-8611. Applications may be submitted until 5 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2016.

GHHSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit public development authority charter by the City of Aberdeen in 1986 to build and operate Lady Washington for the 1989 Washington Centennial. Sitting board members recruit new members, which are then presented to the mayor of Aberdeen for appointment. Members serve three-year terms.

Current Board members are: Dave Douglass (chairman), Al Carter (vice chairman), Tim Howden (treasurer), Laurie Pilgrim-Rust (secretary), Paul O’Brien, Roberta Myers, Scott Reynvaan, Alex Kluh, and Tawni Andrews (ex-officio).

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain In Oxnard through Feb. 15


Oxnard (Feb. 13-15, 2016)

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have departed Ventura Harbor and they have moved operations to Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. Heavy swell systems coming in from storms in the Pacific Ocean have created hazardous conditions at the Ventura Harbor entrance, affecting safe operations. After consulting with the harbormaster, and in order to avoid potential mishaps, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, the owner of the vessels, decided to move the ships to Oxnard.

The ships had already planned to visit Oxnard February 9-15. All public tours and sailings originally scheduled for Ventura are moved to Oxnard. Here’s the revised Oxnard schedule:

1/21-22: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours.
1/23-24: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours.
1/23-24: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails.
1/24: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail.
1/26-29: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours.
1/27: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Evening Sail (Lady Washington only)
1/30-31: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours.
1/30-31: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails.
1/31: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail.
2/2-5: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours.
2/3: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Evening Sail (Lady Washington only)
2/6-7: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours.
2/6-7: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails.
2/7: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail.
2/9-12: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours.
2/13-15: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours.
2/13-15: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sails.
2/14: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail.

Tickets for all sails are available online or by calling 800-200-5239. Tickets or reservations are not required for the walk-on tours. Guess who have purchased tickets, but are unable to sail from Oxnard, may request an exchange or a refund by calling 800-200-5239.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Announce Summer 2016 Sailing Schedule

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and Hawaiian Chieftain have announced their summer ports of call for 2016. Both vessels will spend their summer in Puget Sound and in Grays Harbor, visiting 10 ports and offering educational programs, public sailing excursions, and public walk-on tours at most locations. Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels with a mission of preserving and promoting our maritime history and traditions. Here’s the list of 2016 stops.

June 9-July 5: Aberdeen (except as noted in next item)
June 23-27: Westport (Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze, Lady Washington only)
July 8-17: Port Angeles (tentative)
July 19-August 3: Bellingham
August 5-7: Blaine (Drayton Harbor Festival)
August 8-11: Brownsville
August 12-17: Port Orchard
August 18-23: Tacoma
August 25-Sept. 5: Kirkland
Sept. 8-11: Port Townsend (Wooden Boat Festival, Lady Washington only)
Sept. 8-15: Aberdeen (Hawaiian Chieftain only)
Sept. 17-18: Westport (Hawaiian Chieftain only)

Specific dates and times for tours and public excursions, including the ships’ popular Battle Sails, will be announced in the spring. The ships are also working with local organizations on charters and special events. For information on chartering Lady Washington and/or Hawaiian Chieftain, visit the Charters page or call 800-200-5239.

Tickets are now available for Passages, the port-to-port adventure transits made by each vessel as they make their way in Puget Sound and the Pacific coast. Tickets are available via the Passages page, or call 800-200-5239.

Historical Seaport Partners with San Francisco Boy Scouts Council

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, which are visiting the Bay Area and Sacramento, have agreed to partner with the San Francisco Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America on its Small Boat Sailing merit badge. Nearly 20,000 scouts and adult volunteers in the region will be invited to participate in the ships’ “Voyages of Discovery” program, which is offered to elementary school students in the fall and winter.

San Francisco Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America logo

“We are excited to present these programs to scouts and scout leaders in the Bay Area,” said Joe Follansbee, communications director for Aberdeen, Wash.-based Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which owns and operates the ships. “Our mission of hands-on experiential education aligns perfectly with the Boy Scouts’ Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Physical Fitness Activities programs.”

Troops with scouts pursuing the Small Boat Sailing merit badge can sign up for the ships’ Voyages of Discovery program, which features three learning stations: “Life of a Sailor,” “Navigation,” and “Early Trade.” Scouts may help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Programs are also available for other service and youth groups. For information, visit the Education Programs page or call 800-200-5239.

Launched in 1989, the brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain are U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels manned by professional mariners and volunteer sailors. Lady Washington was built to celebrate the centennial of Washington State, and she is the official ship of Washington State. The wooden-hulled vessel has appeared in several motion pictures, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The steel-hulled Hawaiian Chieftain was launched in Lahaina, Hawaii, in 1988. It specializes in hands-on education experiences for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.