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The Tall Ships Return to Coos Bay
Coos Bay, Ore. – The brig Lady Washington and her companion ship, the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, will visit Coos Bay for 13 days in May, starting Thursday, May 2. Working in partnership with the Coos Bay Boat Building Center, the two ships will offer public sailing programs, educational programs for K-12 students, and public walk-on tours at the Coos Bay City Dock. Here is the sailing schedule:
5/3-4: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.
5/5-6: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.
5/5-6: 2 p .m. to 5 p.m. Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Battle Sail. $40-$60.
5/5: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hawaiian Chieftain Evening Sail. $35.
5/6: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hawaiian Chieftain Adventure Sail. $35.
5/8-11: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.
5/12-13: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.
5/12-13: 2 p .m. to 5 p.m. Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Battle Sail. $40-$60.
5/12: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lady Washington Evening Sail. $35.
5/13: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lady Washington Adventure Sail. $35.
The Coos Bay Boat Building Center is helping to coordinate local fundraising efforts to bring area students aboard Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain for educational programs. Schools designated Title I by the U.S. Department of Education may be eligible for significant discounts on program costs. Educators should contact Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239,firstname.lastname@example.org, to determine eligibility. Coos Bay-area businesses and donors should contact Tom Leahy, 541-217-4365, email@example.com, for information on sponsorships.
Public sailing programs in Coos Bay include Battle Sails, Adventure Sails, and Evening Sails. Battle Sails are three-hour recreations of a typical 18th-century naval skirmish, with real cannon fire and real gunpowder (but no cannon balls). The crews encourage guests to verbally taunt their adversaries, and a victor will be declared. Three-hour Adventure Sails and two-hour Evening Sails are value-priced experiences for families that include a chance to help raise a sail, sing a sea shanty, and take the wheel of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Purchase tickets by visitingwww.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239.