Festival of Sail

Southern California tall ships help spread the welcome among visiting sailors of LA Fleet Week 2019.

The Los Angles Maritime Institute will add to the general celebration of LA Fleet Week 2019, honoring the heritage of sail and sail exploration in Southern California, August 30 through September 2, 2019, 8:30am to 7:30pm.

Activities will center in the San Pedro’s downtown harbor cut. The Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, the city’s official tall ships and tall ship ambassadors will offer free deck tours and sailor lore. The latest addition to the fleet, the American Pride, will be there for her first Festival of Sail. In the afternoons the ships will leave to docks to engage in mock cannon battles with each other near the Los Angeles Light. Tickets for the cannon battles are available at the venue and via the links below.

Surrounding the Downtown Harbor will be several nautically themed exhibits, including a rope-making demonstration, knot tying, face painting, a representation from the local Sea Scouts Ship, a LAMI information station, and a touch-museum of traditional maritime apparatus.

“Seafaring is an overlooked but crucial part of Southern California’s history, culture and development,” said Bruce Heyman, LAMI’s executive director. “And important because so many traditional ships like ours now serve an educational mission, helping young people prepare for life. We are happy to join in this celebration of beautiful maritime craft and the men and women who sail them.”

The festival will also include revolution-era re-enactors, who will be on hand to impart a historic tone to the proceedings and answer questions about themselves and their era.

Admission to the festival area, exhibits and ships decks will be free. Thanks to a generous donor, 166 tickets for cannon battles and harbor cruises will be free to veterans and their families. Vouchers will be available in Veteran’s Village in the main Fleet Week thoroughfare. Our way of honoring and saying thanks to our Veterans!

Cannon Battle

Date: Daily from August 30st through September 2nd.

Time: The sail will leave each day at 5:30pm and return at 7:30pm. Boarding is 30 minutes before sail time.

Tickets: $60 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under. Purchase Online

Location: The battle will take place on the water at the Downtown Harbor Cut in San Pedro, CA.

Harbor Cruise

Date: Daily from August 30th through September 2nd.

Time: The sail will leave each day at 2:30pm and return at 4:30pm. Boarding is 30 minutes before sail time.

Tickets: $50 for adults, $25 for children 12 and under. Purchase Online

Location: The sail will board and leave the dock at the Downtown Harbor Cut in San Pedro, CA.

If you are in the area this weekend feel free to stop by, see the ships, and experience other fun and interesting activities!

At the Docks:

  • Schooner American Pride
  • Twin Brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson
  • Free Deck Tours Daily from 11am to 5pm
  • Tall Ship Cannon Battles
  • Tall Ship Harbor Cruises

At the booths:

  • International Knot Tyers Guild
  • STEM Activities
  • Rope Making Machine
  • Period Reenactors
  • Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Inland Woodturners

Celebrate Non-Profits Sail

Join us on a sail to celebrate Non-Profits and all of the contributions they bring to the community! We will take a leisurely sail through San Pedro Bay on one of our Tall Ships. Come relax and take a different perspective on San Pedro, and learn about the great programs The Los Angeles Maritime Institute offers local youths.

All ticket proceeds go to our TopSail Youth Program. Can’t make the sail but would still like to support us? Buy a Sail-In-Spirit ticket to show your support! Your name will be read as we leave the dock, and you will be with us in spirit. We depend on people that recognize the value of our programs to keep our floating classrooms operating year round. Thank you!

When: August 17th, 2019 5pm – 7:30pm

Where: Berth 78, Ports o’ Call Village, San Pedro, California

Tickets are $60 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online or call us at 310-833-6055.


4th of July Sail

This is one of our most popular public sails! Departing San Pedro, we sail to Long Beach for a spectacular, unobstructed view of at least three huge fireworks displays. Bring a cooler with your favorite snacks and beverages, family and friends, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the show!

This is a popular sail and both boats usually sell out so book early!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

7 PM – 10 PM

$75 per adult
$25 per child
(12 & under)

Free Parking by Ports O’Call off of Nagoya Way


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Minors under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. You may bring food and beverages on board, no large coolers. Please be as compact as possible. Beer and wine only. No glass wine glasses. No hard liquor. Please arrive around 6pm to allow sufficient time for parking and boarding. Wear soft soled shoes, bring a jacket, and your sense of adventure!


Father’s Appreciation Sail

Sail the San Pedro Bay and watch the sunset from the deck of a tall ship. You can sit back and relax or become part of the crew – your choice! Wear soft-soled shoes; layered clothing recommended. Bring your own picnic on the sail.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

5 PM – 7:30 PM

$60 per adult
$30 per child
(12 & under)

Free Parking by Ports O’Call off of Nagoya Way


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Already have plans? Purchase a gift card and give the dad in your life an opportunity to enjoy a nice sail on his own schedule.


Catalina Sea Camp Adventure

Youth 11-17, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s summer camp aboard Tall Ships is an exciting 3-day or 5-day voyage to Catalina Island. Spend the summer on the beautiful Southern California coast in a way that most people never experience. While at sea and on the island, we will explore topics in marine biology, maritime history, island ecology and have some fun with traditional Maritime arts! This is one of the most memorable summer camps in Southern California!

Learn the ropes of sailing a large vessel as you challenge yourself with exciting new opportunities: leaving the dock, setting and adjusting sails, keeping a ship on course, setting the anchor, and living on a ship for a week. We encourage our campers to become part of the crew as we set sail to and from Catalina Island. Make new friends, eat great food, listen to the sound of the sea, and gaze at the stars at night. Then hit the island for some unforgettable fun! Beautiful and scenic hikes on the island, warm sandy beaches with the cool ocean water nearby, and picnics in just the right spot await the kids off the boat.

Our camps are offered aboard all of our vessels: the twin brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, and the 140′ schooner American Pride. Each camper sleeps onboard at night in their own bunk. During the day we do activities on the boat, on the island, and everywhere in-between. Camp trips depart from Long Beach and San Pedro, California and visit one or more harbors off the coast of Catalina depending on weather and sea conditions.



2020 5-Day Camp Dates

June 22-26      June 29-July 3      July 6-10      July 13-17      July 20-24      July 27-July31      Aug 3-7      Aug 10-14
$600 per child

2020 3-Day Camp Dates

3 Day camps are TBA
$300 per child

Bring a sibling or friend and Enjoy 10% Off

For more information or to book a spot for your child email us at or call our office at 310-833-6055.


  1. Download and fill out the 3-day or 5-day application and medical release form below
  2. Email completed form to us at
  3. Send us your payment by check, phone, or use payment details on form


Every camp will be a little different, but here is an idea of what is in store for you:

Day One | Check-in by 10:00am
Welcome aboard! Campers will become acquainted with the ship and meet the crew. Have fun “learning the ropes.” Leave the dock around 12:00pm and head for Catalina Island. At Sea: Learn parts of the ship, basics of sailing, and climbing aloft, and start helping sail the ship. At Anchor: Maritime arts, nighttime education program. Lights out at 10:00pm, set the watch!

Day Two | Wake up at 7:00am
All campers and crew help cook, perform early morning chores. After breakfast, head to the island for snorkeling in unique habitats, touch tank visit, and learning about ecosystems. Hike to Two Harbors for swimming and beach BBQ. Back on the ship: Learn some sea chanties under the stars. Lights out at 10:00pm, set the watch!

Day Three | Wake up at 7:00am
After morning breakfast and swabbing the deck, dinghy rides to the island for a morning nature hike, followed by beach swimming and games. After lunch, we go for an afternoon sail and drop anchor at beautiful Emerald Cove. Evening: Fun maritime arts and crafts, and turn on the squid light to attract fun critters to view over the side. Lights out at 10:00pm, set the watch!

Day Four | Wake up at 7:00am
Swim call off the side of the boat, knot tying, maritime crafts, and climbing aloft. After lunch, begin sailing back to the mainland. Dinner under way, with an optional night sail if conditions are right, anchoring at White Island.

Day Five
Wake up nestled in the Astronaut Islands, near the Port of Long Beach. Pack your gear and enjoy a leisurely sail back into San Pedro Harbor. Arrival to dock and departure from the ship: approximately 12:00pm.


Parents- please supervise your child’s packing, all too often we have campers who have forgotten items that are necessary for their comfort and enjoyment.

Things to bring:

  • Sleeping bag/pillow/blanket
  • Jacket (warm)
  • Long pants and shorts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Rubber-soled shoes extra pair, close-toed recommended
  • Water shoes/strap on sandals
  • Swimsuit/towel/soap
  • Hat with brim and chin tie or “keeper”
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Personal toiletries
  • Reading material
  • Digital camera
  • Snorkel/Fins/Mask/Spring Suit if you wish to bring your own
  • Flashlight or Headlamp, with a red light for night anchor watch
  • Day pack with reusable water bottle
  • Fishing pole and tackle (depending on anchorage)
  • Anti-sea sickness medicine (Ginger candies, Bonine or Non-drowsy Dramamine, start the night before)
  • Prescription medicines (if any)
  • Quarters for showers on shore (not all anchorages have shower facilities)

You may not bring:
Gum, electronics (except cameras), anything in glass, excessive jewelry or other valuables, or knives/weapons.

Please note! We do not provide bedding and you must bring your own. You must bring gear aboard in a soft Duffel or similar bag – hard luggage is unmanageable aboard a tall ship.
Remember to clearly label your personal items!


Earth Day Sail

We have a special sail planned this year for Earth Day! This sail is being done in conjunction with docents from the Marine Mammal Care Center and the International Bird Rescue as our part of the City of STEM celebration in Los Angeles. During our two and a half hour sail they will share their knowledge of the local seashore fauna and experiences in rescue and rehabilitation. Get answers to all your questions about the local wildlife and the challenges to our local environment from experts in the field!

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) is proud to celebrate the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and have formed our organization around our tall ships as a floating classroom providing a unique and engaging learning environment. We provide these sails both as educational experiences for all ages and to fund our proven youth education programs at sea. Your ticket purchase helps fund these programs and offers a glimpse the the fun activities we do on board our vessels.

Sail is April 20th, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.

Tickets are $60 for adults, $30 for children under 12. A 10% LAMI Membership discount applies!

You can purchase tickets by calling our office at 310.833.6055 or Purchase online using Eventbrite


Sweetheart Sail 2019

Two Sweetheart Sails this Year! So Much Love!

Sweets for the Sweet Sail

Sunday, Feb 10th, 2019 2 – 4 pm

A Sweet and Savory Sail with our Valentine Sweeties! Join us for a Sunday afternoon sail with a number of sweet and savory delights along with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. The perfect way to treat those special Valentines in your life!

Tickets: $75 for Adults, $25 for Children under 12 (LAMI Member discount applies) Purchase Online

Valentine’s Day Adventure Dining Sunset Sail

Thursday, Feb 14th, 2019 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Enjoy a magical evening aboard L.A.’s Official Tall Ships as you sail the Los Angeles Harbor with your special someone! Price includes a delicious dinner, dessert, beverage and a commemorative gift. (Wine not included, but you can bring your own bottle aboard.)

Tickets: $100 per Adult, including bubbly toast and nautical gift. (LAMI Member discount applies) Purchase Online

Sweetheart Sail Dinner Menu

First Course

Three Hummus Appetizer
with Pita and Sliced Cucumber

Arugula and Avocado Salad
with Lemon Vinaigrette

Main Entree

Angus Beef Ribs

Vegetarian/Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Rosemary Garlic Baked Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Broccoli

King’s Hawaiian Rolls and Butter


Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Champagne or Sparkling Juice


Seating is limited, so reserve your spot early. Proceeds benefit our TopSail Youth Program.


  1. Boarding begins 30 minutes before departure.
  2. Our tall ships are docked at Berth 84 at the foot of 6th Street near the LA Maritime Museum in San Pedro.  Be sure to allow plenty of time to find parking – weekends are busy!
  3. You may bring your own food and beverages on board (wine permitted), but pack light and be as environmentally friendly as possible.
  4. Layered clothing recommended as it can get windy on the water.
  5. Wear closed-toe, soft-soled shoes.
  6. We are a non-smoking vessel.
  7. Tickets are non-refundable and in the event you are unable to sail, your ticket will be considered a tax-deductible donation to the TopSail Youth Program.

Los Angeles Maritime Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  We are not connected to any government agency and are solely dependent upon financial support from foundations, corporations, and individual donors to keep our life-changing program afloat.

Download a PDF flyer of our sweetheart sail here


2018 Holiday Party

Join us for our Annual Holiday party, celebrating the birthday of Swift of Ipswitch & Appreciation for our Volunteers!

When: Saturday, December 8th 2018, 4pm – 7pm
Where: Building G, Berth 73, San Pedro, CA 90731
near Utro’s Cafe, across the parking lot from
Ports O’Call. Plenty of free parking.

Celebrate the holidays with the staff, crew, volunteers, and youth of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute.

Ticket price includes a delicious dinner, beverages, and dessert.

$25 Adults
$15 Children (12 & UNDER)

Active volunteers and a guest attend free! Please RSVP to

To purchase tickets:
Call 310-833-6055 or email