Sail and Sleep 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, navigate, helm (if you like).  Eat hot meals with the crew and sleep in large sailing bunks.  See the sea from the perspective of our forefathers and the great explorers.

Sail this majestic Tall Ship with her volunteer crew over to Two Harbors.  Live and learn, aboard and ashore, for the entire Catalina Cruiser’s Weekend event.  We board the tall ship Friday, by noon, at the LA Maritime Institute dock, southern end of Ports o’ Call in San Pedro.  We sail across and arrive to Catalina in time for the event kick off – an evening at the Harbor Reef open venue with our live band.  Live on the tall ship while you enjoy the events ashore including sail/cruising seminars, fun poker run, arrival of the Island to Island paddle race (with their Tahitian Dance exhibition) and a live concert and BBQ with drinks Saturday night – all 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 large bunks for 20 in two center sections
  • Three meals onboard are included.
  • Support an amazing non-profit at-sea education for youth
  • Cost is $495 pp.  $950 for two bunks, couples or bring a friend
  • Deposit $100 pp.  Balance 60 days prior.
  • See terms of booking below …

Choose …

If you prefer, Janeen will take your deposit over the phone.  619-796-6398

Answers: CaptainWoody@AdventureVoyaging.com  or Janeen@AdventureVoyaging.com

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Terms of booking …

  • Price includes your bunk on the Tall Ship, sail training if interested, some meals onboard, round trip sail to Catalina, Cruiser’s Weekend festivities.
  • She or he is responsible for you. Skipper decisions are final.
  • LAMI reserves the right to replace the ship with a similar vessel (they actually have an identical ship … and a third bigger one).
  • Balance due 60 days prior to cruise.  Await cabin confirmation from AV prior to booking air or making other arrangements.
  • Deposit is 100% refundable if you can’t make it.  Balance is not.
  • Things like sailing have inherent risks.  You agree to hold harmless, all organizers.
  • We passionately defend the bliss of our wonderful guests.  If we feel you don’t fit with that, we reserve the right to remove you from the boat (to land ;).
  • You agree to have the Adventure of a lifetime!
  • And notes below from the Tall Ship folks …

Our charter of the Brig IJ helps to fund other training voyages for kids, giving them memories and adventures of a lifetime.

Itinerary:  We board the Brigantine Irving Johnson by noon on Friday at Ports O’ Call in San Pedro.  She sails 26nm to Two Harbors, Catalina Island. She anchors off, early evening.  Three meals are provided on the boat and there is a cafe and a restaurant ashore.  Event BBQ Friday night is free.  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 1400 (2pm).

Parking:  The crew tells me they park in the free lot near 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 30 minute drive when not much traffic.

Rooms nearby:  There are a couple hotels close to the tall ship at Ports O’ Call.   Nicer – Crown Plaza LA Harbor and lower end Sunrise Hotel San Pedro.  And then there are rooms in the Queen Mary, closer to LGB, about a 20 minute cab ride to the ship.

Two Harbors, Catalina facilities:  Ashore there is a restaurant, a bar, a grocery store and a rental shop (bikes, kayaks, scuba).  If you prefer, there are showers ashore, quarter machine in the laundry.

More info on Cruiser’s Weekend festivities Click Here.

Los Angeles Maritime Institute
Berth 73 #2
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 833-6055




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.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.


The three tall ships that the Institute manages are normally operated as youth training vessels.  Don’t worry, the bunks are big ;).  They do our voyage to help generate income for the non-profit training.

Notes gleaned from the LA Maritime Institute letter to crew …

“Each participant is expected to respect others & the program (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 a diesel engine to help us along when the wind quits and a generator to charge the batteries and cool the refrigeration systems. Each vessel has 2 fresh water tanks, two heads (marine toilets), and showers. The galleys are compact but adequate for simple, well planned, meals.”  (Cook prepares meals onboard.)

What to bring:

  • A sleeping bag and flashlight.

  • Warm clothing (even summer days can be chily), rain gear if it might rain, a swimsuit.

  • Do not wear decorative clothing. (i.e. jeans, jackets, belts with protruding decoration, these items deface the wood on the boat).  A plastic bag for wet things?

  • Hat for the sun.  Sunglasses?  Sun screen and sea sickness remedy (optional).

  • Hand towel and beach towel, tooth brush, toothpaste, other bathroom stuff.

  • Meds in their original containers or bring the prescriptions.

  • Soft soled shoes for use on deck and hiking shoes for shore.

  • 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 a cell phone, it is at your own risk.

If you bring any of these items, you are responsible for the safe keeping of your personal property.  LAMI cannot replace or repair these items if lost, stolen or damaged.

Do not bring:

  • Fishing tackle, Scuba Gear, Hair Dryers, Portable Radio, Televisions, MP3’s, Computer or expensive handheld electronics.

If you have any other questions please call us at LAMI (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 an active participant (according to your abilities). We do not ordinarily take passengers…

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 (Adventure Voyaging) will be providing a few meals and beverages over the weekend. The fresh water tanks hold 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.

Sleeping Arrangements

The Captain will assign sleeping locations for the working crew.  The two main sections of the ship are for the AV participants.  Bunks allocated by any method so long as all agree the method is fair to all concerned. The Captain will let you know the general schedule.  During the day all personal gear must be properly stowed.

AV Woody says … Yep, this is a real tall ship, run like a tall ship.  Two Harbors has a great bar/restaurant and Cruiser’s Weekend provides a venue for a little partyin’.  You will be doing your partying ashore. Please note that if you return to the ship noticeably drunk (trouble maneuvering?) you will not be allowed to board. I assume they’ll fetch your sleeping bag for you ;), beautiful camp ground ashore.

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.

Woody says … Cruiser’s Weekend!  I encourage you to walk to the other side of the Isthmus.  Stay left and there is a nice park bench overlooking the ocean, next stop Japan.  Ashore you can rent mountain bikes, kayaks, Sups, scuba ‘oh my’.  These items will not be brought aboard.  There is a hilarious bus to to Avalon, prepare for a bumpy journey.

Prohibited Activities

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 ship questions please call us at LAMI (310) 833-6055

 Adventure Voyaging questions, email CaptainWoody@AdventureVoyaging.com


That’s the skipper last year.  He was super cool.