Sail on a Tall Ship
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Travel on a Tall Ship
October 10 – 12, 2014
1100 Friday to 1300 Sunday
No longer is Cruiser’s Weekend out of reach for those without a local boat. We have an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity for you. We have chartered a Tall Ship for our Cruiser’s Weekend event. Come sail the Brigantine Irving Johnson, learn from her crew, eat and sleep aboard this historic ship for two nights and three amazing days. This is not a luxury cruise. Like the days of old, we can help set and drop sails, eat hot meals with the crew and sleep in sailing bunk beds. See the sea from the perspective of the great explorers.
Sail this majestic Tall Ship with her volunteer crew over to Two Harbors. Live aboard for our entire Catalina Cruiser’s Weekend event. We board the boat Friday, 11:30am at the LA Maritime Institute dock, southern end of Ports o’ Call in San Pedro. We arrive to Catalina in time for the event kick off – an evening at the Harbor Reef with our live band. Live on the tall ship while you enjoy the event ashore including Saturday cruising seminars and a live concert and BBQ Saturday night – included. Sail home Sunday morning, back around 2pm.
- Help the crew sail a Tall Ship, learn the ropes
- Sleep aboard and experience nautical history
- Roll up to our Cruiser’s Weekend event in a Tall Ship
- Brigantine Irving Johnson has guest bunks for 30 in two cabins
- Meals onboard are included
- Support an amazing non-profit at-sea education for youth
- Cost is $495. $100 deposit, balance 60 days prior.
Answers: CaptainWoody@AdventureVoyaging.com Travel details below…
If you prefer, there are showers ashore at Two Harbors, bring quarters. Two Harbors has a nice big shore boat to bring you in when the skiff is not available. Two Harbors link.
Itinerary: We board at 1130 on Friday at Ports O’ Call in San Pedro. Brig IJ leaves the dock by noon. She sails 26nm to Two Harbors, Catalina Island. She anchors off, early evening. Meals are provided on the boat and there is a cafe and a restaurant ashore. You enjoy Cruiser’s Weekend events Friday night and all day and evening Saturday. Sunday morning she sails home. Depending on weather, she should be berthed by 1300 (1pm).
Parking: The crew tells me they park in the free lotnear LA Maritime Institute, for days at a time, and they have never had a problem.
Fly in: Long Beach airport is the closest (LGB). Taxi/Shuttle can take you from the airport to Ports o’ Call, San Pedro. LAX is next, about a 25 minute drive when not much traffic.
Rooms nearby: We are looking at carpooling from our yacht club in Redondo, Friday am. There are two hotels across the street. Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina, and Best Western Plus Sunrise Hotel at Redondo Beach Marina. Nearest rooms to the Brig at Ports O’ Call are, by coincidence, named the same thing. Nicer – Crown Plaza LA Harbor and lower end Sunrise Hotel San Pedro. And then there are rooms in the Queen Mary, about a 20 minute cab ride to the Brig IJ. Close to LGB.
Price includes your bunk on the Tall Ship, meals onboard, round trip sail to Catalina, Cruiser’s Weekend festivities.
Cancellation: 100% refund within 7 days of booking unless we are within 30 days of trip. Or 100% refund if another can be found to pay and fill your spot prior to sailing.
More info on Cruiser’s Weekend festivities Click Here.
Los Angeles Maritime Institute
Berth 73 #2
San Pedro, CA 90731
Origins of the term Brigantine …
Originally the brigantine was a small ship carrying both oars and sails. It was a favorite of Mediterranean pirates and its name comes from the Italian word brigantino, meaning brigand, and applied by extension to his ship. By the 17th century the term meant a two-masted ship. In the late 17th century, the Royal Navy used the term brigantine to refer to small two-masted vessels designed to be rowed as well as sailed, rigged with square rigs on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigging on the mainmast.
By the first half of the 18th century the word had evolved to refer not to a ship type name, but rather to a particular type of rigging: square rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast. The word “brig” is an 18th-century shortening of the word brigantine, which came to mean a vessel square-rigged on both masts. The early Oxford English Dictionary (with citations from 1720 to 1854) still defined brig as being either identical to a brigantine, or alternatively, a vessel of similar sail plan to a modern brig. By the middle of the 19th century modern meanings had more or less stabilized, although purists continue to debate the exact differences, or lack of them, between brig, brigantine, and hermaphrodite brig in both English and American usage.
Modern brigantine rig.
A historic brigantine sail plan … In modern parlance, a brigantine is a principally fore-and-aft rig with a square rigged foremast, as opposed to a brig which is square rigged on both masts. American usage sometimes uses hermaphrodite brig as a synonym for brigantine.
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Welcome to a Topsail Voyage
On board the schooners
SWIFT of IPSWICH or EXY and IRVING JOHNSON
When sailing onboard the SWIFT of IPSWICH or the EXY AND/OR IRVING JOHNSON you are expected to be a full time active participant weighing at least 70 pounds. We do not ordinarily take passengers, observers, tourists or other non-participants. Each participant is expected to respect others & the program and will be assigned to a watch under the guidance of a Mate and a Watch Captain.
The SWIFT of IPSWICH and the EXY AND/OR IRVING JOHNSON are traditional sailing vessels with diesel engines to help us along when the wind quits and auxiliary generators to charge the batteries and cool the refrigeration systems. Each vessel has fresh water tank, two heads (marine toilets), and showers. The galleys are compact but adequate for simple, well planned, meals.
What to bring:
Personal gear must include:
A sleeping bag and flashlight.
Several layers of warm clothing (even summer days can be cold at sea), rain gear if it might rain, a swimsuit.
A plastic bag for wet things. Do not wear decorative clothing. (i.e. jeans, jackets, belts with protruding decoration, these items deface the wood on the boat)
Hat for the sun.
Hand towels and beach towels, tooth brush, toothpaste, other toilet articles.
Sun screen and sea sickness remedy (optional).
Personal hygiene & medication you need.
Soft soled shoes for use on deck and hiking shoes.
Pack everything in a soft bag. No hard suitcases, steamer trunks or packing crates; space aboard is limited.
You may bring:
- A musical instrument, camera, reading material, face mask, fins, snorkel,
- A personal walkman or CD player with head set only, no speakers but use is limited as directed by the Captain or Crew.
If you bring any of these items, you are responsible for the safe keeping of your Personal property
LAMI can not replace or repair these items if Loss or dAMAGE
Do not bring:
Fishing tackle, Scuba Gear, Hair Dryers, Portable Radio, Televisions, MP3’s , Computer or expensive handheld electronics.
Everyone owns a cell phone, if you bring a cell phone, it is at your own risk while aboard the vessels
you are responsible for the safe keeping of your cellular phone; we do not have secure storage
LAMI can not replace or repair these items if Loss or Thief
If you have any other questions please call us at (310) 833-6055.
What to expect on a Topsail voyage
When sailing onboard the schooners SWIFTof IPSWICH and the EXY and IRVING JOHNSON you are expected to be a, full time, active participant. We do not ordinarily take passengers, observers, tourists or other non-participants.
The SWIFTof IPSWICH and the EXY and IRVING JOHNSON are traditional sailing vessels with diesel engines to help us along when the wind quits and auxiliary generators to charge the batteries and cool the refrigeration systems. The SWIFT one fresh water tank, two heads (marine toilets), and no shower. The EXY & IRVING has two fresh water tanks, two heads (marine toilets) and showers. The galleys are compact but adequate for storage well planned meals.
Captain and Crew
The Captains are U. S. Coast Guard licensed Master Mariners. The Captain is responsible for the safety of the vessel and all people on board. The Captain’s word is law. If you do not understand the reason for any of the Captain’s instructions please ask for an explanation after you follow the instruction. The other crew members are also qualified under Coast Guard regulations, and are also responsible, under the direction of the Captain, for the safety of the vessel and its people. If you do not understand the reason for any of the Crew’s instructions please ask for an explanation after you follow the instruction.
Docking, Mooring and Anchoring
These are among the most demanding operations that take place on board a vessel. It takes the full cooperation of all onboard to accomplish these maneuvers safely and efficiently. Make sure that you understand your responsibilities during these times.
Food, Water, and Ship’s Supplies
Your group will be providing the food and beverages for the week. The fresh water tanks holds over 400 gallons. This is enough water if it is not wasted. It is very important not to waste water by leaving a faucet on longer than necessary.
The Captain will assign sleeping locations for the crew in keeping with the needs of the ship. The remaining sleeping locations will be divided among the participants by any method you choose so long as all agree the method is fair to all concerned. The Captain will determine the times for preparing beds, turning out lights, and quiet ship (no more talking). During the day all personal gear must be properly stowed, not scattered about the ship.
Shore side Activities
Once we get to our destination there are a variety of activities possible.
Most of the anchorages in the offshore islands afford interesting and spectacular hikes to match the abilities of the participants.
•No smoking on board the SWIFT or the EXY AND/OR IRVING JOHNSON.
• No drugs, or other illegal substances for the duration of the trip.
• No SCUBA diving.
• No fishing.
If you have any other questions please call us at (310) 833-6055