Sausalito, CA – Call of the Sea invites the public to celebrate its two educational tall ship programs and the maritime heritage of Sausalito by attending its annual fundraiser Saturday, April 11th from 6-9 PM. This year’s fundraiser — “Sailing on the Sea of Knowledge” — will be staged at the shipyard site where the 132’ Brigantine Matthew Turner is presently under construction (2330 Marinship Way).
A tented cocktail reception offering wine, beer and a signature “Matthew Margarita”, will be followed by a gourmet buffet provided by John Scopazzi and Davey Jones Deli. Live entertainment throughout the evening includes sea shanty music and bluegrass music by the local Waterfront Pickers. Tickets are $75 ($30 for anyone under 21) and are available online: www.callofthesea.org. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards scholarships in the Seaward program as well as construction of the Matthew Turner.
Call of the Sea (COTS) operates the Schooner Seaward — a hands-on, marine environmental educational experience for school children that teaches teamwork, stewardship and leadership skills. In the past 10 years, over 35,000 children have participated in the innovative program. When completed, the Matthew Turner, will be the second educational tall ship in the COTS fleet. It too, will be an experiential, floating classroom for children of all ages, based in Sausalito and sailing the SF Bay and California coast. Both sailing programs are geared towards empowering children to serve as environmental stewards.
The first tall ship to be built in the San Francisco Bay Area in over 100 years, the Matthew Turner blends old-world craftsmanship with 21st century sustainable building and operational technologies. This includes an electric propulsion system that regenerates the storage batteries while sailing, and the use of eco-friendly materials. While the ship has been almost entirely built by a dedicated corps of volunteers, and funded to date by a capital campaign that has raised over $4 million, additional funding is needed for masts, sails and rigging, steering, propulsion and navigation systems.
This special event is a great opportunity to see how much progress has been made in the building process and to share in the thrill of such an historic endeavor. The Matthew Turner is almost completely framed now and towers over three office building floors above the sawdust floor.
For more information about COTS programs, Seaward and the Matthew Turner, as well as sponsorship and naming opportunities, visit www.callofthesea.org.
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