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Festival of Sail in San Diego

Annual Festival of Sail begins tomorrow!

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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:

Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Festival of Sail in San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Festival of Sail in San Diego

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Festival of Sail in San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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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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Update on the San Salvador

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Out & About San Diego

 

The Maritime Museum of San Diego has one of the world’s greatest collection of historic ships. You can see them downtown on the waterfront, across from the County Administration Building, the tallest building on the waterfront.

There are ten historic ships in the collection, including the oldest active sailing ship in the world, the Star of India, and the official tall ship of the State of California, the Californian.

Currently under construction — Wait! You can’t construct a historic ship! Aw, not-so-wise grasshopper, you can! — at Spanish Landing Park on Harbor Drive is the San Salvador.

San Salvador under construction

 

San Salvador under construction

 

San Salvador under construction

 

The San Salvador will be a full-size, fully functional, and historically accurate replica of the Spanish galleon that brought Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (1499-1543) to San Diego back in 1542. Cabrillo was the first European to explore the western coast of North America and is given credit for discovering San Diego. When the San Salvador is complete, it will be 80 feet to the top of the masts, 24 feet across, 92 feet long, and weigh more than 200 tons.

San Salvador

The project began in November 2010 and is scheduled for completion in early 2013. I go down to the construction site at Spanish Landing Park each month to track its progress.

Spanish Landing Park map

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