MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES POPULAR TALL SHIP SAILOR TRAINING PROGRAM
Program spans centuries of tall ships and includes Museum fleet vessels Star of India, Californian, and San Salvador
SAN DIEGO, CA (May 9, 2018) – Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, from sail to steam to submarine, announces the first stage of 2018 curriculum to train individuals 18+ how to sail and maintain tall ships. Vessel training includes learning the skill to sail the 19th century Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing tall ship, plus the official tall ship for the state Californian and the recently built 16th century Spanish galleon replica San Salvador.
Sail and maintenance crew members will learn skills such as knot tying, laying aloft (climbing the rigging), sail setting, sail theory, maintenance of the ships, and much more. Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego describes the opportunity enthusiastically, “So many people dream of this opportunity. This class is designed as the first step to learn to become a tall ship sailor and volunteer time as a dedicated and well respected member of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.”
- Open orientation will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Maritime Museum of San Diego aboard the steam ferryboat Berkeley.
- First class will be held at 8:00 a.m. sharp Sunday, July 15, 2018
- Classes continue every Sunday through August 19, 2018
- Classes are limited to 300 participants
- Classes are FREE and require Museum membership
- Participants must be 18 and older and provide their own health insurance
One hundred of the class of 300 sailors attending classes will be chosen for stage two of the training program: September 9 through November 11, 2018. Successful graduates will transfer their skills on the water when the fleet puts to sea with the Star of India’s anniversary sail event Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, 2018.
There is no cost for the classes, however crew volunteers must be Maritime Museum members and have their own health insurance.
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.