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News & Events2018-06-26T22:04:59+00:00


Sail to Mexico with Call of the Sea

At Call of the Sea we’ve been working hard to deliver on our mission of providing on-the-water environmental and maritime education to students of all ages — and in particular youth. To achieve this we’re expanding our fleet with the Matthew Turner which will provide a fantastic experiential sailing platform and an additional 38 berths. While we’ve been constructing and now completing Matthew Turner, our schooner Seaward has been diligently working throughout the Bay and up and down the West Coast engaging students in day sails, overnight voyages and week-long sailing camps. Seaward has recently completed her mandatory haulout and USCG inspections and is now undergoing an internal refit in preparation for the Mexico chartering season. We realize many people have been expecting Matthew Turner to go to Mexico and were perhaps planning book a charter on board. She unfortunately is not ready for this journey and will not be sailing to Mexico this winter. The Mexico season is an important part of Call of the Sea’s program. This is our opportunity to create additional funding in support of our mission and help provide subsidized or free educational trips for youth of all backgrounds. We invite you to be a part of this ongoing quest and book your Mexico charter aboard schooner Seaward. You can view dates and destinations and make your booking here: Many supporters and past guests are already onboard and we look forward to you joining them and the Call of the Sea family. See you in Mexico!

November 30th, 2019|

Seaward’s Summer Wrap

Seaward and her crew have had a very busy summer taking students and adults from all over the Bay Area, and beyond, on day-sails and overnight voyages. By all accounts, it has been a fun and successful season. When Call of the Sea's summer programs began in April, the all-new crew came aboard and very quickly made the ship and her programs their own. Since then, the crew have introduced scores of Bay Area students to the wonders and mysteries of the local marine environment, while teaching them a little about shipboard life and the various skills inherent with seaman-ship. During the school term, students joined Seaward for Bay Explorations day-trips which carried them to some of San Francisco Bay's best sailing grounds. While aboard, students dipped the nets for water and marine-life samples, while learning to navigate, set sails and even steer the boat. Vacation time meant students were able to experience overnight trips and ocean sailing aboard Voyage Seaward — a 5-day near coastal experience for teenagers. In addition to learning about the marine ecology, students explored elements of oceanography such as tides and currents, local and global wind and weather patterns, and local water conditions. The voyages also gave students exposure to sailing skills such as GPS and celestial navigation and course plotting, along with maritime literature and other relevant topics. They even had to stand night-watch. Seaward also conducted voyages for Camp SEA Lab, during which students sailed from Sausalito to Monterey Bay with overnight stops and shore explorations. Whether they were on board for a day or a week, the students gained life-long skills as they became part of the crew and learned to participate in all aspects of shipboard life. In between the educational sails, Seaward invited the local community to come aboard and enjoy a morning or late afternoon under sail. Mother's Day and Father's Day sails were popular, as was Seawards 'Free Sails' for Summer Sailstice. Later, as the summer warmed up, Seaward began conducting Marine Science Sunset Sails on Friday nights, with the next sail on October 4.  And then there were the special events such as welcoming the tall ship B.A.P. Union into San Francisco Bay, participating in the Master Mariners Race and the Belvedere Classic Regatta & SF Great Schooner Race — neither of which she won, but everyone aboard had a great fun trying! Of course with all that sail-time Seaward needed to be kept in good shape, and her crew were diligent throughout the season in conducting regular maintenance and basic upgrades. Some of the work done on Seaward includes sanding and re-caulking the decks, sanding and varnishing exterior trim-work, repainting Seaward's name plates on her bow and transom, engine room maintenance, installing updated electronics, fitting a new mainsail complete with stack pack, and dozens of other jobs to insure the vessels remains fully functional and looks her best. In fact, to continue the great work, Seaward's crew have scheduled a haul-out for November during which the

September 23rd, 2019|
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In the News

Tall Ship Matthew Turner Launches from Sausalito
(Bay Crossings, May 2017)

Handcrafted Wooden Tall Ship Launches in Sausalito
(CBS Bay Area, April 2, 2017)

An Unique View of a Tall Ship Launch in Sausalito
(KPIX Sky Drone 5, April 2, 2017)

How We Helped Build A Historic and Sustainable Tall Ship in California
(The Conservation Fund, April 2, 2017)

A Tall Ship That’s No Tall Tale:  Brigantine Matthew Turner Unveiled
(KTVU March 31, 2017)

Tall Ship Launched in Sausalito
(KPIX Sky Drone 5, March 31, 2017)

Tall Ship Built in Marin County Getting Its First Taste of Salt Water
(by Eric Thomas, KGO, March 31, 2017)

Volunteer Built Ship Unveiled in Sausalito
(NBC Bay Area, March 30, 2017)

1st Wooden Ship Build in Bay Area in 58 years poised to launch
(by Carl Nolte, SF Chronicle, March 31, 2017)

Sausalito Tall Ship Matthew Turner Ready to Set Sail

    • (by Michelle Slade, Marin IJ, March 30, 2017)

Sausalito’s Tall Ship Plans Launch This Weekend

    • (KRCB,March 29, 2017)

Matthew Turner Drops her Skirt

    • (Lectronic Latitude, March 24, 2017)

Building the Matthew Turner

    (Latitude 38, March 2017)


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