Schooner Cup Charity Regatta

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Schooner Cup Charity Regatta

Historic Vessels to Compete in Charity Regatta On Public-Friendly Course Off Shelter Island

Maritime Museum of San Diego Californian Sail Crew Prepare Official Tall Ship of the State to Race in SGYC Annual 31st Annual America’s Schooner Cup Charity Race

Saturday, March 30, 2019

SAN DIEGO, CA (January 30, 2019) – Maritime Museum of San Diego, with an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels, will race the 142-foot schooner Californian in the 31st annual America’s Schooner Cup Saturday, March 30, 2019, hosted by Silver Gate Yacht Club. About a dozen schooners are expected to compete. Californian, the official tall ship of the state and popular on-the-water adventure attraction among locals and visitors to San Diego, is a replica of the 1847 Revenue Cutter C.W. Lawrence, which patrolled the coast of California enforcing federal law during the gold rush.

Some of the West Coast’s most beautiful traditional vessels will hoist their gleaming white sails and cross the starting line at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019 as the 31st Annual America’s Schooner Cup Charity Regatta takes place off San Diego Bay and raises funds for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), a Navy-sponsored 501c (3) public nonprofit organization that exists to help meet the emergent financial needs of active duty and retired Sailors, Marines, and their families. The public is invited to watch the race from shore – or come aboard a schooner and see the competition on the water first-hand.

The regatta draws West Coast schooners of all size and vintages racing on a course designed to make it easy for the public to watch the start and finish from a nice beach near the launch ramp on Shelter Island.

Sail aboard Californian during the race and cheer volunteer sail crew on surrounded by schooner competitors. Maritime, history and outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to join in the fun day on the water.
Book now! Schooner Cup racing aboard Californian

For those interested in watching the race from the Spanish galleon replica San Salvador, representative of the ship Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay in 1542, tickets are available to come aboard the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s San Salvador Sailing Adventure experience.
Book now! San Salvador Sailing Adventure – March 30, 2019

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Proceeds from Californian’s participation in America’s Schooner Cup benefit the Maritime Museum of San Diego historic ships and education programs.

Previous years event photos

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.

About the America’s Schooner Cup
The America’s Schooner Cup Charity Regatta is hosted by the Silver Gate Yacht Club. The event benefits the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which provides financial, educational, and post combat support to members of the Naval Service, eligible family members, and survivors. Additional information is available from Jerry Newton at (619) 222-1281 and at

Schooner Cup Charity Regatta