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Mirabella V's rig compared to a J-Class yacht and an International America's Cup Class (IACC) yacht.
Lifting the mainsail onto the boom
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Tall Ships and Classics at Pacific SAIL EXPO
March 31 - Oakland
If you're like most sailors, you appreciate vessels of all kinds. You might prefer a souped-up high-performance ride for the racecourse, but the timeless beauty of classic boats still turns your head. You can see quite a bit of the latter at Pacific SAIL EXPO, April 14-18 at Jack London Square, if you make a detour to the show's special section for classics of all sizes. The tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain is the headline act: at 103-ft, she is the longest, and since she replicates a design from 1790, her lines date back the furthest.
The ketch Hawaiian Chieftain
Built in 1891 and measuring 80 feet, Bay Area scow schooner Alma offers a glimpse into the maritime history of the Bay. Alma transported hay, lumber, and salt; from the 1920s to the 1950s, she dredged for oyster shells; in 1988, she was designated a National Historic Landmark and is part of the fleet at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
The scow schooner Alma
Smaller vessels will include the 42-ft Grace Quan, a just-launched replica of a traditional junk that also resides at the Park; Runa IV, built in 1918 in Copenhagen, Denmark of Norwegian pine and oak, which sailed to California on the deck of a steamer in 1933; and Glory, a 1964 classic Herreshoff 28 built in Japan of native woods.
The sloop Runa IV
Photos Courtesy Sail America except as noted
If you want to step back in time and sail a classic while at PSE, Hawaiian Chieftain will be offering 90-minute sail training excursions. These sails cost $20 per person and can be reserved in advance by visiting www.hawaiianchieftain.com.