2023 Opening Day on the Bay on Matthew Turner

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Join us for the traditional blessing of the fleet and San Francisco Bay opening day parade followed by a sail.

Please note:

  1. Matthew Turner is docked at the US Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito, CA. Access to the ship and parking lot is via Marinship Way.
  2. If there are fewer than 12 tickets sold, a sail may be canceled, in which case you will be notified and your tickets will either be refunded or transferred to another date of your choosing.
  3. Check in is at the start time of the event followed by boarding. No need to come earlier than the posted start time.

What is Provided

For this special event sail there will be snacks, & non alcoholic beverages provided. You are welcome to bring additional food and beverages, including beer or wine if moderately enjoyed.

Covid 19 Safety Protocol

Masks are required to access the interior spaces on the ship.

What to Bring

Bring a reusable water bottle to ensure you stay hydrated. You may bring food and beverages if packaged in single serving portions.

Dress in layers: a windbreaker, warm base layer, gloves, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. No high heels are permitted.

Parking

Free parking is available in the US Army Corps of Engineer Bay Model Visitor Center lot. Based on recent trends, parking may be limited in the Bay Model parking lot due to Sea Trek Kayaking and the Bay Model being very busy in the mornings and early afternoons. Spillover parking is available on Bridgeway (non metered all day spots) and along Liberty Ship Way in front of #10 Libertyship Way in the yellow zones.

Check in

Please wait at the gate to the pier in front of the Bay Model. There will be an escort to walk you past the gate, down the pier to the ship. Masks and proof of vaccine or negative test result are required to board the ship.

Restrooms

We recommend using shore facilities at the Bay Model as a priority prior to sailing. They are located in the round building in front of the Bay Model. Matthew Turner has a public restroom on board, available for use one at a time.

The Ship

Matthew Turner is a 132’ wooden brigantine, built in Sausalito, CA, launched in 2017 and sailing the Bay since 2020. She is an unique educational platform, serving students of all ages in Seamanship, Marie Science, Nautical History and Team Building instruction. Contact us to arrange an educational sail for a group.

Weather

We sail in most weather, including cold, wind, fog, and light showers. On occasion, we will need to reschedule a sail due to extreme wind or rain. You will be notified within 24 hours of the scheduled sail and we will work with you to reschedule or refund your order.

Tickets

A ticket is required for all passengers, including infants. Children 17 and under must be accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult.

Cancellation

We do not offer guests an option to cancel or reschedule within 24 hours of the event. No refunds if you miss the boat. Call of the Sea reserves the right to cancel a sail if that event does not meet our minimum capacity requirements. Call of the Sea will notify these customers at least 24 hours prior to the event. Customers can reschedule for another sail or receive a full refund.

Why Call of the Sea?

We’re a nonprofit supporting on-the-water environmental educational programs to youth. Community Sails are a great way to share our mission and to help lower costs for educational sails. If you are interested in youth field trips, please check out our website.

Can’t make this sail? Check out our sailing calendar for other dates or treat a friend with a Gift Certificate

Fair winds