SAN DIEGO’S FESTIVAL OF SAIL
SAN DIEGO’S FESTIVAL OF SAIL - SAN DIEGO
WATERFRONT - LABOR DAY WEEKEND
SAN DIEGO, CA (August 14, 2017)—The Port of San
Diego 2017 Festival of Sail, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the
world’s finest collections of historic vessels, will again transform the North Embarcadero
into a nautical theme park. More than twenty tall ships and other fascinating vessels from
around the world will visit San Diego, Sept 1-4.
Festival visitors will enjoy touring the ships,
marvelous food and drink from dozens of restaurant booths, a petting zoo, pirates, cannon
battles on the bay, sunset cruises, and shopping for one of-a-kind items among more than 150
Festival of Sail is sponsored by the Port of San
Diego’s Tidelands Activation Program, designed to bring our dynamic waterfront alive with
events that engage the community and inspire visitors to enjoy San Diego
The festival will kick off with a grand parade
of sail on San Diego Bay at 1:30pm on Thursday August 31. The parade will be led by San
Salvador, a replica of Juan Cabrillo’s 16th-century galleon. More than a dozen majestic
windjammers will sail into San Diego’s harbor in a magnificent nautical
The best spots to view from shore include the
Maritime Museum, Cabrillo National Monument, local restaurants and businesses on Shelter
Island, Harbor Island, and the North Embarcadero. Please note that the list of ships
scheduled to appear in the parade is subject to change. Ships should be docked by 6pm at the
Museum and open for visitation starting on Friday, Sept 1 at 12noon.
The festival will include more than twenty tall
ships and other extraordinary vessels from around the world. The official tall ship of
California, Californian, the gaff topsail schooner Bill of Rights, Irving and Exy Johnson,
twin ships from San Pedro, and many more have been invited to attend. A complete list of the
participating ships can be found on the Museum’s website at: www.sdmaritime.org. Please note that the list of ships
scheduled to appear in the festival is subject to change.
Join the crew for a cannon battle at sea and
experience naval warfare during the Age of Sail! Several ships will engage in cannon battle
reenactments on San Diego Bay during the festival. Individuals can purchase tickets to be on
board for the experience. Tickets are $65 for adults and $40 for children 12 and under. This
is not recommended for children under 5. A 2017 Festival of Sail ticket is also required.
Tickets are for sale now on the Museum’s website at www.sdmaritime.org. Cannon battle sails will sell out so we
suggest that people get their tickets early.
Petting zoo and jump house will be open
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 11am-4pm. Both are included with
The Museum’s Shore Battery Artillery Team will
also salute the ships with several rounds of fire as they pass by during the parade. The unit
will demonstrate how the guns are cleaned and then will fire the 3- and 4- pound guns for a
“noon salute” each day as well as firing volleys at the ships during the Cannon Battles on
Visitors must purchase a tall ships ticket to
tour the festival ships. Each participating ship has its own unique stamp and guests can get
their tickets stamped at each vessel. Tickets are an exceptional value at only $11 for adults
and $9 for children (age 3-12), seniors (62 and over) and military (valid identification
Tickets are for sale now on the Maritime
Museum’s website at www.sdmaritime.org and will also
be for sale at the festival. Tickets include entrance to the Maritime Museum of San Diego
during the event and the vendor area is free.
The Festival of Sail will be located along the
North Embarcadero between Ash and Grape streets. Parking will be extremely limited, so we
urge festival visitors to use public transportation. The County Center/Little Italy trolley
station is only 3 blocks from the festival. For those that must drive their cars, nearby paid
parking lots are available.
Important Information for Media Covering
Media interested in being passengers on a tall
ship during the parade will need to contact Robyn Gallant at 619-234-9153 ext 106. Passengers
must be at Maritime Museum at 1pm on Thursday, August 31 and will return to the dock
A media check-in tent will be located on the
Embarcadero at the foot of Grape Street during the festival. All members of the media are
asked to check in and receive their credentials when covering the
Credentials will allow you full access to the
festival and the visiting ships. In addition, staff will be available to help arrange
interviews, answer questions, and provide you with the latest updated information about the
event. There will also be reserved parking for live trucks located next to the media check-in
tent at the foot of Grape Street.
The Parade of Sail is an opportunity for
spectacular aerial photography. Television stations and other media outlets with access to
helicopters should have their aircraft orbiting above the harbor between 2-4pm on Thursday,
August 31 to get the best shots of the parade.
About the Maritime Museum of San
The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a
worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic
vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including
the world’s oldest active sailing ship, the Star of India.
Maritime Museum of San Diego is a 501c3
non-profit organization. The museum is located at Star of India Wharf in downtown San Diego
at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. The telephone number for general inquires is
619.234. 9153. Additional information can be found at www.PacificaSailingCharters.com