San Salvador Sailing Adventure Resumes

Adventure Day Sails Aboard 1542 Galleon Replica San Salvador Resume At Maritime Museum Of San Diego

After pausing marine operations for San Salvador sailing due to the pandemic, the Museum staff, sail crew and docents eager to welcome passengers back for weekend 4-hour sailing experience

San Diego, CA — Maritime Museum of San Diego, with an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels, announces the return of the popular day sail adventure experience aboard San Salvador, a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542. These 4-hour Sailing Adventures are for people who love history, and sailing. Very few people have sailed aboard galleons of the sixteenth century and these day sails offer the public a chance to be aboard the magnificent galleon, San Salvador. No sailing experience required.

Unique to the experience is the opportunity to sail with an onboard historian to explain how San Salvador is sailed, navigated, and in the 16th century, was defended. Guests will learn of the ships history, connecting story to our Pacific Heritage, and the impact of ships like Explorer Cabrillo’s San Salvador during the age of exploration. Cabrillo and the San Salvador play a significant role in California history. Underway guests may not only learn more about the discovery of the West Coast, they can lend a hand to sail crew, truly experience what it was like if they were to go back in time 500 years.

Maritime Museum of San Diego led the building of San Salvador at Spanish Landing made possible by an army of devoted volunteers, staff and generous donors. Launched in 2015, San Salvador has sailed up and down the coast of California as part of the Museum’s Pacific Heritage Tour, a multi-year ambitious voyage plan executed with the partnership of the California Parks and Recreation Department, and several Maritime Museums throughout the state.

According to Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, “Prior to the pandemic, our dedicated Captain, Sail Crew and Docents welcomed visitors and members aboard San Salvador for regular Saturday day sails. The experience proved to quickly become a popular choice among visitors and locals looking for a unique experience only found in San Diego. Our volunteer sail crew have diligently worked with the Ship Operations staff to ensure she is properly maintained, and the vessel rigged and ready to board guests” He adds, “We also chartered the vessel, delivering special experiences for special private event organizers looking for a unique, outdoor on-the-water venue to celebrate weddings, corporate receptions, and other special occasions. The Museum can now resume those services too. We are thrilled.”

Ticket prices range from $59.00 for children 3-12 to $99.00 for adults. Reservations include general admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego when they purchase a San Salvador Sailing Adventure. Guests are encouraged to visit the Museum’s historic fleet and exhibits prior to boarding at 11:30 a.m. for the noon to 4:00 p.m. sail. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or by calling 619-234-9153 extension 144. Space is limited.

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Pacific Heritage Tour is back and BOOKING NOW! Multi-day sailings August 2023

Pacific Heritage Tour 2023

Adventure AWAITS. SEAFARERS Wanted.

Adventure Sailing legs on the Pacific Heritage Tour 2023 are for people who love history and sailing. Very few people have sailed on galleons of the sixteenth century and on our San Salvador sailing legs when public will get a chance to see California through the eyes of explorers.Pacific Heritage Tour

New entertaining and educational programs on Channel Islands archeology and natural resources, Spanish seafaring history, Cabrillo’s journey, California’s origin story, and first peoples encounters with the unknown will be led by a group of world-renowned historians and educators.

Join us as we set sail for these unique tall ship experiences. For the novice or the experienced sailor, each leg allows passengers the opportunity to join the crew with sail training lessons and shipboard activities including hands-on demonstrations and practical experience of traditional and celestial navigation, cartography, and sail handling, including knots.

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About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.