It's something never seen before in Bodgea Bay: a pair of tall-masted wooden sailing ships, that will arrive Monday afternoon and spend the week moored at Spud Point Marina.
The Lady Washington's companion vessel is actually older, and an original. The builder synthesized elements from several different historic ships to create the Hawaiian Chieftain, explains first mate Matthew "Elmo" Callen, but the first impression most modern observers have is "pirate ship."
The onboard experience for visitors to the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain is presented with as much historic authenticity as possible, including the nautical language and terminology of the era, which Callen cautions can be disorienting to newcomers.
During their stay at Bodgea Bay, Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain will be open for tours daily, and offering a couple of sailing outings as well (Tickets & details here). The ships will stay at Spud Point Marina, 1818 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay, from April 3 to April 9. Here is the public sailing schedule:
- 4/4-6: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.
- 4/7-8: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.
- 4/7-8: 2 p .m. to 5 p.m. Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Battle Sail. $40-$60.
- 4/8: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hawaiian Chieftain Adventure Sail. $35.
On April 7 and 8 near the berths of Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, a number of historic boats of the type used in early European explorations of Bodega Bay will be on display. Interpreters in period clothing will accompany the boats. Area residents are marking the founding of Fort Ross in 1812 with events and educational programs throughout the year.
Numerous tall ships regularly sail up and down the eastern seaboard , but here on the Pacific Coast, says Callen, they remain quite a novelty.