Festival of Sail

Festival of Sail at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Festival of Sail visiting ships

Festival of Sail 2016 Vendor & Volunteer Applications Are Now Available.

Held over Labor Day weekend, Sept 3-5 2016. Parade of Sail Friday Sept 2nd.

Festival of Sail is an annual event with something for everyone. Fun for the Entire Family.

Festival of Sail is the LARGEST Tall Ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero over Labor Day weekend into a nautical theme park.

We want YOU for Festival of Sail 2016!

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Participating Ships

*Part of the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s fleet.

San Salvador*

san salvador

Length: 113′ 6″
Rig: Square/Lateen Rig
Built: 2015 San Diego
Home Port: San Diego, California

In 1542 the Spanish galleon San Salvador, under command of Juan Rodríquez Cabrillo, became the first European vessel to arrive at the port we now call San Diego. She is widely considered to be the founding ship of California. The replica San Salvador has taken more than four years to build and she will continue Cabrillo’s voyage sailing along the coastal
route as a goodwill ambassador for educational purposes.

American Pride

american Pride

Length: 129’
Rig: Schooner, three masted
Built: 1941 Brooklyn, New York
Home Port: Long Beach, California

American Pride, originally a two-masted “schooner-dragger” named the Virginia, spent her first forty years commercially fishing the Grand Banks and George’s Banks. Her second name change was the Lady in Blue, named after a prayer, and was run by the Frontiero family (Gloucester fishermen). In 1986, she was completely rebuilt for charter operations; a third mast was added and she was renamed the Natalie Todd. Ten years later, purchased by the American Heritage Marine Institute and renamed the American Pride, she’s now a charter vessel for the Children’s Maritime Foundation and the general public.

B-39 Submarine*


Length Overall: 299’
Submerged Displacement: 2475 tons
Diesel Engines: 3 x 2000hp
Electric Engines: 3 x 1350hp
Torpedo Tubes: 6 forward, 4 aft
Built: 1970’s Russia
Home Port: San Diego, California

One of a fleet of diesel electric submarines the Soviet Navy called “Project 641,” B-39 was commissioned in the early 1970s and served on active duty for more than 20 years. 300 feet in length and displacing more than 2000 tons, B-39 is among the largest conventionally powered submarines ever built. The Soviet and then Russian Federation navies deployed these submarines from the mid 1950s through the early 1990s. They played a part in many of the Cold Wars most tense moments including the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Berkeley Ferryboat*


Length Overall: 279’
Beam: 64’
Draft: 9’ max
Engine: steam, triple expansion, 1450 hp
Original seating capacity: 1691
Built: by Southern Pacific R.R.
Home Port: San Diego, California

Built by Union Iron Works in San Francisco Oct 18 1898, Berkeley is a double-ended, steel-hulled, steam ferryboat with a triple-expansion engine. The first successful propeller-driven ferry boat on the west coast, thereby ending the era of paddle and side wheel propulsion, Berkeley played a crucial role in California history, ferrying railroad and commuter passengers between San Francisco and Oakland/Alameda for 60 years. Perhaps her most historic day was April 18, 1906, when she shuttled thousands of refugees from the burning earthquake-devastated city and returned with necessary supplies.

Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights

Length Overall: 129’
Rig: Gaff topsail schooner
Built: 1971 South Bristol, Maine
Home Port: Chula Vista, California

Bill of Rights is a wooden, gaff-rigged topsail schooner designed by McCurdy, Rhodes & Bates. She sailed the waters of New England from 1971-1997. In 1998 the Los Angeles Maritime Institute brought her west. Later, American Tall Ships Institute began offering immersion-type sailing programs and public day sails. In 2013 she was acquired by the South Bayfront Sailing Association and currently offers life-changing adventures utilizing on-the-water art, science and maritime instruction.



Length Overall: 145′
Rig: Tops’l Schooner
Built: 1984 San Diego
Home Port: San Diego, California

The Californian joined the historic fleet of ships at the Maritime Museum of San Diego in 2002. She is the Official Tall Ship of the State of California and helps carry out the educational missions of the Maritime Museum by hosting thousands of students year round in a variety of American history, sail training and Youth-At-Risk programs. The general public can sail her on weekends, special event sailsand adventure sail expeditions to Catalina Island. She was designed as a replica of the 1847 revenue cutter C.W. Lawrence. Built long and lean, revenue cutters patrolled the California coast during the Gold Rush era and were a precursor of today’s Coast Guard.



Length: 81’6”
Rig: Staysail Schooner
Built: 1926 Wiscasset, Maine
Home Port: Dana Point, California

Like many tall ships her age, Curlew has many sea stories to tell. Originally built for Charles Andrews of the New York Yacht Club, Curlew competed in the N.Y.Y.C.’s ocean cruising class racing from Newport to Bermuda. She was then donated to the Merchant Marine Academy in 1940 to serve as a sail training vessel and conducted submarine patrol duty for the Coast Guard during WWII. She continued to serve as a training vessel for the Coast Guard in New Haven, Connecticut and Cape May, New Jersey. Her career in the charter service started with her delivery crew having to abandon her in a storm that was reported to be the largest low pressure in the area for 40 years, which took the lives of 144 people in 1962. After many owners and extensive rebuilds she cruised in the Central and South Pacific, and the West Coast. Today, Curlew’s owner and captain, Bob Harrison operates a successful sailing charter out of Dana Point.

USS Dolphin*


Length Overall: 165’
Diving depth 3000 feet ++
Two 12 cylinder Diesel Engines
Two 126 cell battery sets
Submerged, shaft driven by Electric Motors
Commissioned 17 August 1968
Donated to MMSD 18 Sept 2008
Home Port: San Diego, California

The Dolphin was a phenomenally versatile research vessel. Never a Warship, but used to develop Submarine technology now in use in the US Fleet. Dolphin originally had one torpedo tube and conducted deep submergence torpedo firing exercises. The Torpedo tube was removed and replaced with a sonar dome adding 13 feet to the ships length. Dolphin also served as a test platform for unmanned under water vehicles, swimmer delivery systems, and littoral warfare systems. Electronic and Electromagnetic Systems were tested for; laser communications, imaging systems for under water search operations, advanced antenna systems and high resolution radar.

Exy & Irving Johnson

Exy and Irving Johnson

Length Overall: 111’
Rig: Brigantine
Built: 2003 San Pedro, California
Homeport: Los Angeles, California

A pair of twin brigantines, The Exy and Irving Johnson are state-of-the-art sail training vessels designed to meet the needs of the Los Angeles Maritime Institutes (LAMI’s) TopSail Youth Program. Their primary mission is introducing youths to the subtle but profound influence presented by the sea. These twin brigantines were named after sail training pioneers, Irving and Electra “Exy” Johnson. The Johnsons circumnavigated the globe seven times in all. They did this on two different boats, both named Yankee, with each trip using a new group of boys and girls who possessed only a sense of adventure and curiosity. For twenty-five years, beginning in the 1930’s, the Johnsons lived a life at sea that is now legendary and whose legacy continues to give back through the Irving Johnson and LAMI.

HMS Surprise*

HMS Surprise

Length: 179’
Rig: Full Rigged Ship
Built: 1970 Nova Scotia
Home Port: San Diego, California

HMS Surprise began her career as part of our nations bicentennial celebration. Her builders painstakingly reproduced the 24-gun frigate, the HMS Rose, from the original British Navy plans. In 1991 she was certified as Americas first Class-A sail training vessel. In 2001, 20th Century Fox bought her, modified her, changed her name to HMS Surprise for the hit movie Master and Commander. Since that time she has appeared in many Hollywood movies and commercials, including the 2014 Superbowl commercial for TurboTax. She joined the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s historic fleet upon her purchase from Fox Studios in 2004.



Length Overall: 134’
Engine: Steam 2 cylinder compound reciprocating steam, 254 hp
Built: 1904 in a record 51 days
Home Port: San Diego, California

Named after a Greek mythological figure, the Medea has a past almost as colorful as her namesake. Built in only 51 working days, the steam yacht Medea was launched in 1904 to serve primarily as an aristocratic vessel for social occasions and hunting trips in Scotland. Named for the legendary Greek figure, this steel, teak, and oak craft was converted to a warship and served in two world wars, under three navies, and six national flags. In WWI she was bought by the Royal Navy as a convoy escort for sailing. By 1946 Medea was back in civilian use and was donated to the Maritime Museum in 1973

Patricia Belle

Patricia Belle

Length Overall: 89’
Rig: Schooner
Built: 1998 Washington
Home Port: San Diego, California

Schooner Patricia Belle was built by owner Captain Patrick Hughes from 1994 – 1998. She was constructed of locally grown Douglas Fir in Port Orchard, Washington. Her inaugural cruise was from Seattle to Nicaragua, returning with 10,000 pounds of Arabic coffee to San Diego. Patricia Belle has sailed the Pacific to Hawaii, Mexican Waters annually for 10 years to, Central America, Panama, through the Gulf Coast of America, Bahamas, Caribbean and South America. As a private family-owned schooner, friends, family and mariners in training are always welcome aboard.

PCF 816, Patrol Craft Fast – Swift Boat*

Swift Boat PDF 816

Length Overall: 51’
Engine: Diesel, 2-12 cyl
Speed: 32 knots
Built: 1968 Sewart Seacraft Ltd., Berwick, LA
Home Port: San Diego, California

The Patrol Craft Fast (PCF), or “Swift Boat” as it was known began service in 1965. Adapted from offshore oil service vessels, they were used to patrol the coastline and inland waterways of Vietnam from 1968-1975. PCF training was based at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on San Diego bay. In 1971, PCF-816 she was donated by the US Navy to the Republic of Malta and renamed P24. She was used for coast guard duty, interdicting smugglers, harbor security, and search & rescue. After forty years of coastguard duty, Malta retired these boats from service. In 2011, Malta’s Minister of Defense donated a Swift Boat to the Maritime Museum of San Diego with our promise to preserve her history and to pay tribute to all Swift Boat Sailors from both countries.



Length Overall: 130’
Rig: Snow brig
Built: 1945 Denmark
Home Port: Dana Point, California

The brig Pilgrim is a full-sized replica of the 1825 hide brig immortalized by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. in his American seafaring classic novel, Two Years Before the Mast. Today’s Pilgrim began her life as a Baltic schooner. In 1975, noted marine architect Capt. Ray Wallace converted her to her current rig. In 1981 she was brought to Dana Point to become the platform for Ocean Institute’s living history program (based on Dana’s historic voyage). In addition, she serves as a sail training vessel with her volunteer crew training and maintaining her throughout the year and sailing her every summer.



Length Overall: 52’
Engine: Diesel, 6cyl – 338 hp
Cruising speed: 8-10 knots
Built: 1914 San Diego
Home Port: San Diego, California

Launched August 7th 1914, Pilot was built by Manuel Gourlarte in his boat yard on San Diego’s waterfront. Pilot served as San Diego Bays official accompanying pilot boat for commercial ships entering and leaving the harbor for 82 years. It has been said that Pilot had the longest working life of any vessel in the western hemisphere. In addition to public day cruises, Pilot now hosts school groups on “Economy and Ecology” voyages, where students help with navigation and perform water quality experiments while exploring the Bay.

Sakman Chamorro Canoe


Length Overall: 47’
Weight: 5600lb
Payload: 3500lb
Falina (mast): 30′
Sail area: 425 sq ft
Built: 2011 San Diego

It all started in 1995 when the Hawaiian sailing canoe, the Hoku’lea sailed into San Diego bay. It’s presence inspired one person in the Chamorro community to learn more about sailing canoes. After several years of research and building models of various sizes this man was ready for the real thing. With much luck the needed wood for the canoe was procured. The log arrived and was blessed in August 2009. It was the first time many saw such a huge redwood log. Only a few saw a canoe. With only a drawing in hand to guide them the carving started. Days and months later the log was no more, for she is now a vessel. On May 1st 2011 Sakman Chamorro named CHE’LU was lowered into Mission Bay where she completed her first water test.

Spirit of Dana Point

Spirit of Dana Point

Length Overall: 83’
Rig: Gaff topsail schooner
Built: 1983 Costa Mesa, California
Home Port: Dana Point, California

Spirit of Dana Point is a fine example of an eighteenth century vessel giving today’s children the chance to learn about life at sea. Originally named Pilgrim of Newport, she was the dream and work of Dennis Holland. The recreation of this replica of a 1770’s privateer used during the American Revolution was eventually purchased by the Ocean Institute in 2004. She joined her education fleet and was renamed the Spirit of Dana Point in honor of the community that supports her worthy mission.

Star of India*

Star of India

Length Overall: 278′
Rig: Barque
Built: 1863 Ramsey, Isle of Man
Home Port: San Diego, California

The emblematic flagship of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Star of India holds the distinctive title of the oldest active sailing ship in the world. Star of India became a National Historic Landmark in 1966, and was awarded the World Ship Trust and American Ship Trust Maritime Heritage Awards in 1996. She began her life as the British full-rigged ship Euterpe, named for the ancient Greek muse of music. She is one of the earliest iron hulled ships to be built in the world. In 1901, the Alaska Packers of San Francisco rigged her down to a barque, and renamed her Star of India. In 1927, she was purchased and brought to San Diego. After extensive restoration the Star of India sailed for the first time in over 50 years for the 1976 Centennial Celebration of America. Dedicated staff & volunteer crews continuity maintain and sail her for future generations to enjoy.



Length Overall: 80’
Rig: Gaff rigged schooner
Built: 1965 Portland
Home Port: Long Beach, California

This is a William Garden-designed, George Calkins-built, “bald-headed,” gaff rigged, auxiliary fishing/cargo schooner. Tiama has sailed the northwest, Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico and currently sails out of Long Beach, participating every year in Pirate Days at the Belmont Pier. The schooner is dedicated to the California lifestyle and also provides sunset cruises in Alamitos Bay and offers surfing adventure charters to the Channel Islands.

Ship availability subject to change.

Festival of Sail Tickets

2016 Tickets will be available soon.

An incredible venue right on the embarcadero, beer gardens, kids activity zone, and a low admission per person, this is the premier waterfront event year after year.

Entry is free for Maritime Museum members with ID & membership card.

Vendor area is free to all.

A special thanks to Darrall Slater of Bayshots.com for all the fantastic images provided!

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