When I worked downtown, my favorite part of driving in was seeing the Star of India with her full sails up as I'd come down Ash between the purple Jacaranda trees. Then there's the festival of sails, where the Star of India is joined by other tallships from around the world. Which reminds me...I wonder where those pictures are from the Italian Navy Ship with all the cute sailors on board...sorry. Momentarily distracted.
Anyway, it's Festival of Sail time.
Tall Ships Arrive for Festival of Sail 2008
From the Port of San Diego website:
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
The Maritime Museum's 2008 Festival of Sail celebration began this morning as majestic tallships and other sailing vessels from around the world paraded into San Diego Bay and docked at the North Embarcadero. The crew of Columbia's tallship Gloria manned the yardarms as the vessel transited the Bay. The United States Coast Guard's 293-foot-long Eagle returned to San Diego for its first visit since 1999.
Visitors to the festival, which stretches along Harbor Drive between Grape and Ash Streets, will be able to tour the 20 vessels from 9:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, August 24.
The Port of San Diego is the title sponsor of this nautical celebration. Over 700,000 visitors are expected to visit the waterfront during the five days of festivities.
$15-Seniors 62 years and older, Active Military with ID, and children age 6 to 17 years
FREE for kids 5 years and younger
There are also several opportunities to ride some of the boats. For those events and tickets, click here.