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How I spent my summer vacation

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 9, 2008


The San Diego Festival of Sail was a grand finale to an overall wonderful summer race series. The visiting ships were nestled in amongst San Diego harbor’s already impressive fleet creating a cozy mass of flags and masts that could be seen for miles.  This combined with the wide array of vendors and friendly, enthusiastic volunteers made the entire event a success.



The San Diego Maritime Museum, which is housed on a retired steamboat named the Berkley, threw the crew and captain’s a kickoff party in the charming upstairs event area. Here, ASTA was able to present our awards for the past race winners. It was a wonderful way to get the ball rolling and set the pace for the rest of the festival.


After four days of festivities and fun, the festival closed with the Columbian ship, Gloria, exiting the harbor with a colorfully clad, singing crew on her yard arms. Cheering crowds gathered to bid her farewell and say adios to a festival well done!


Now that the summer is winding down and the trees are still green, of course, in Southern Cali and I’ve moved onto my next step. Thanks to the connections and experiences this summer gave me I have once again set sail as crew on schooner Lynx! Who said this was only a summer job anyways?! I’m very excited to get to know an individual vessel and crew. Everything we’ve done in the first few weeks has been a blast. I owe a lot of thanks to ASTA and their enthusiasm for sail training for helping me see this whole new way of life!


Fair winds,




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