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Ocean Institute Presents 30th Annual Toshiba Tall Ships® Festival

Dana Point, CA, May 23, 2014 – An armada of tall ships is coming to the Ocean Institute in Dana Point to celebrate the 30th annual Toshiba Tall Ships® Festival.  This year’s festival, in partnership with Tall Ships America’s Pacific Coast TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series, highlights California’s rich maritime history and welcomes 10 historic tall ships to Dana Point.  The ships will parade down the southern California coast for a Sunset Parade on Friday, September 5th.  The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 6 & 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m, with non-stop activities and events throughout the Ocean Institute’s facility, event grounds and aboard the ships, including mock-cannon battles in the evening (see schedule and cost below).

Visitors can explore the majesty and wonder of real working tall ships, meet the crews and tour the ships’ decks.  Interactive living-history encampments, including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, knot tiers, and two Pirate encampments, including the infamous Port Royal Privateers, are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages.  Onboard the brig Pilgrim, watch the Naval Historical Foundation perform their amazing reenactment and bring your little ones to sing and dance along with Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo crew.  We are also excited to welcome back Radio Disney and Disney Junior for some fun, swashbuckling activities! 

Inside the Ocean Institute, search for treasure, participate in a fun-filled pirate school for kids, and get up-close and personal with some of the ocean’s most amazing sea creatures, including sea stars, jellies, rays and octopuses.  Discover a sunken city and underwater archaeology through a series of interactive labs and activities.  Exciting displays and exhibits will be throughout the facility from local archaeological institutions as well as the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.  In addition, the parrots have returned!  Parrot Jack’s Pirate Parrot Training Camp will delight all ages with their exciting shows each day.

This year, curious landlubbers can explore some of the great seafaring arts as they take part in a workshop series taught by local craftspeople.  Discover how to make rope, tie knots, and carve scrimshaw as you experience the life of the everyday sailor.  New maritime activities will also be presented on the state-of-the art, new Maddie James Seaside Learning Center and Maritime wharf.

Sail Onboard a Tall Ship: One of the best ways to experience the Toshiba Tall Ships® Festival is by sailing onboard a tall ship on Saturday or Sunday and enjoying mock cannon battles ship-side.  Or, enjoy a Friday evening sunset sail.  Schedule and costs below.
These are just some of the fun & exciting activities that will be a part of this year’s spectacular Toshiba Tall Ships® Festival.  Admission and cruise tickets available online at www.tallshipsfestival.com and www.ocean-institute.org; member registration begins June 10th, general registration begins June 24th. 

Tall Ships scheduled to participate (may be subject to change):

American Pride
Bill of Rights
Brig Pilgrim
Exy Johnson
Irving Johnson
Patricia Belle
Spirit of Dana Point

Toshiba Tall Ships® Festival Admission:
(for those remaining on land and dockside)

Dates:            Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7
Time:             10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ship deck tours end at 3:30 p.m., except Pilgrim remains open until 5pm; Pilgrim will close during live shows and crew demonstrations)
Cost:            Members $5 / ages 3 and up
Non-members $8 / ages 3 and up

Cost includes tall ship deck tours and entrance into Ocean Institute; visit our web page for parking and shuttle service that is free to all guests.

Toshiba Tall Ships® Festival Cruise Schedule:
(for those wishing to go out to sea)

Friday, September 5
Tall Ships Sunset Parade Sail: (4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
(aboard a tall ship; see selection on website)
Members:            $35 / adults, $25 / children (4-12yrs.)
Non-members:            $45 / adults, $35 / children (4-12yrs.)

Parade Escort Cruise: (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

(aboard the R/V Sea Explorer)
Members:            $25 / adults, $20 / children (3-12)
Non-members:            $30 / adults, $25 / children (3-12yrs.)

Saturday and Sunday, September 6 & 7

Experience blasting cannons, towering rigging, bustling decks and the magnificence of canvas full of wind.  Work with the crew hauling up sail or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge and survival!

Tall Ship Cannon Battle Sails (4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
(aboard a tall ship; see selection on website)
Members:            $50 / adults, $40 / children (4-12yrs.)
Non-members            $65 / adults, $55 / children (4-12yrs.)

Cannon Battle Escort Cruises (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
(aboard the R/V Sea Explorer)
Members:            $25 / adults, $20 / children (3-12yrs.)
Non-members:            $30 / adults, $25 / children (3-12yrs)

About Tall Ships America:
Tall Ships America’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series is an annual series that rotates on a three-year cycle between the Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes and the Pacific Coast. Since 2001, Tall Ships America has coordinated more than 87 TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® events in 54 cities, attracting more than 22 million visitors and stimulating in excess of $1.8 billion in aggregate economic and tourism activity for the host ports.

Founded in 1973, Tall Ships America serves as the hub for tall ship activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by Congress as the National Sail Training organization representing the United States in the international forum. In addition to organizing the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series, Tall Ships America supports the people, ships and programs of sail training through grants, scholarships, conferences, education, publications, and public events and advocacy

Founded in 1977, the Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean preservation through education, setting the standard for educational excellence and serving as a leading resource for universities, museums, teachers and all others seeking to increase their knowledge of the ocean.  The Ocean Institute is open to the general public on weekends, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Cost:  $6.50 adults, $4.50 children (ages 4-12), Ocean Institute members free.  Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery everyday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Institute address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point.  Website: www.ocean-institute.org.
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