Maritime Museum of San Diego to Host Festival of Sail

The 2010 Port of San Diego Festival of Sail, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, will transform the North Embarcadero on San Diego Bay into a nautical theme park. More than twenty tall ships and other fascinating vessels from around the world will visit San Diego from September 2-6, 2010. The festival kicks off with a majestic parade of tall ships on San Diego Bay at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 2. More than a dozen windjammers will parade into San Diego’s harbor in a magnificent nautical procession.

Festival visitors will enjoy touring the ships, entertainment, food and drink from dozens of restaurant booths, a family activity area, petting zoo and shopping for one-of-a-kind items among more than 100 festival vendors.

Several ships will engage in cannon battle reenactments on the bay during the festival. Individuals can purchase tickets to be on board for the experience. The twelve pound cannons, known as Napoleons, are authentic Civil War cannons built in 1863, not replicas.

The festival will include the official tall ship of California, the Californian, a replica of the original America’s Cup racing yacht America, the Gaff topsail schooner Bill of Rights, the Brigantine from Antigua the Kaisei and many more.

Visitors must purchase a tall ships passport ticket to tour the festival ships. Each participating ship has its own page in the passport and unique stamp. Passports are an exceptional value at only $15 for adults and $10 for children (12 and under), seniors (62 and over) and active military (valid identification required). Passports are for sale now on the Maritime Museum’s website at www.sdmaritime.org and will also be for sale at the festival. Passports include entrance to the Maritime Museum of San Diego during the event. Entrance to visit 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 festival visitors are requested to use public transportation. The County Center/Little Italy trolley station is only three blocks from the festival.

A complete list of the participating ships and the schedule of entertainment can be found on the Maritime Museum’s website at www.sdmaritime.org

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