First-Ever Tall Ships’ Visit to Bodega Bay

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have scheduled a first-ever five-day visit to Bodega Bay to help commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ross, the southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization in North America. The ships will stay at Spud Point Marina, 1818 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay, from April 3 to April 9. Both vessels will offer walk-on tours, public sailings, and educational programs for area K-12 students. Here is the public sailing schedule:

4/3-6: 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.

Battle Sails are exciting recreations of 18th century-style naval skirmishes. Family-oriented Adventure Sails feature hands-on experiences, such as raising a sail or steering a real tall ship. Purchase tickets by visiting www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239.

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.

Space is still available in Bodega Bay for dockside and sailing education programs for K-12 students and home-school groups. Title I schools are eligible for large discounts on the programs’ cost. For information, contact Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239, education@historicalseaport.org.

Launched in 1989, the brig Lady Washington is a replica of one of the first U.S. flagged vessels to visit the west coast of North America in the late 18th century. Although the original Lady Washington did not visit Bodega Bay, she did explore the coasts of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in search of furs, just as Russian fur traders sought the product in California. The modern Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain, her steel-hulled companion ship, visit more than 40 ports a year on the west coast educating young people and the public about the lives of 18th century mariners. Both ships sail for Eureka on April 10.