The annual Festival of Sail begins tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with the Tall Ship Parade, a highly popular event that brings tens of thousands of people to the San Diego Bay.
The parade starts at Point Loma with ships sailing nine (nautical) miles past Shelter Island, Harbor Island, downtown San Diego, to the Coronado Bridge, and then back to the Maritime Museum for berthing.
The best viewing is from your own boat out in the water, but if you have to stay on land, Shelter Island and Harbor Island offer the best viewing points.
Of course, everyone knows that, so they are usually crowded. If you’re driving, get there early.
Otherwise, take public transportation. The San Diego Trolley has several stops in the downtown area: Little Italy, Santa Fe Depot, Seaport Village, Convention Center, and Gaslamp Quarter.
There will be ten tall ships in this year’s parade, led by the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California. At 145 feet long, it will be the second-longest ship this year, behind the Tole Mour at 156 feet. Other ships in the parade:
Bill of Rights – 140′
American Pride – 130′
Robert Seamans – 129′
Spirit of Dana Point – 120′
Exy Johnson – 111′
Irving Johnson – 111′
Jada – 85′
Curlew – 85′
Here are some pictures from past Festivals of Sail:
The Festival of Sail, the largest event of its kind on the West coast, is hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, one of the largest maritime museums in the world.
Check the Festival of Sail web site for times, events, and updates.
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