Tall Ships to Visit Channel Islands Harbor in February

A pair of tall ships is docked at the harbor, one is the Hawaiian Chieftain


Two majestic tall ships based out of Grays Harbor, Washington will be docking at the Channel Islands Harbor from Feb. 6-13, 2018. The Lady Washington, a replica of the first American ship to round Cape Horn and land in the Pacific Northwest and the Hawaiian Chieftain, a replica of a sailing vessel that ran the trading routes in the 1800s, will be open for walk-on tours, battle and adventure sails, and a passage cruise to Ventura Harbor. A crew of 10-14 people will be on board both vessels to answer questions and tell you what you need to know about these beauties.

Visiting these tall ships, docked near the Ventura County Harbor Patrol offices, is a perfect way to spend a few hours with your friends and family.

Here is the schedule for the visit:


Vessel Tours ($5 donation requested)

Adventure Sail (Tickets: $42-$49)

Battle Sail (Tickets: $42-$79)
Tuesday, Feb. 6th N/A N/A N/A
Wednesday, Feb. 7th 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. N/A N/A
Thursday, Feb. 8th 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. N/A N/A
Friday, Feb. 9th 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. N/A N/A
Saturday, Feb. 10th 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. N/A 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11th 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Lady Washington)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Hawaiian Chieftain)
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 12th Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday, Feb. 13th Passage Passage Passage

Vessel Tours

Walk-on tours allow visitors to meet with crews, similar to an open house, and learn more about the ships’ history. (Fun fact: the Lady Washington has appeared in several motion pictures!) Reservations are not required, though a $5 donation per person is requested.

Adventure Sail

Adventure sails are two-hour family-oriented experiences with an opportunity to help the crew raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 for adults, $39 for children 12 years-old and younger. To purchase in advance, click here or call 1-800-200-5239.

Battle Sail

The three-hour battle sail features booming cannons, close-quarter maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. A ticket is required for all passengers. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Also called a “transit,” a passage is a one-way voyage from port A to port B. In this case, if you are feeling adventurous, the ships will leave the Channel Islands Harbor to Ventura Harbor on Tuesday, Feb. 13th. Commute to Oxnard to Ventura in style!

Find the Ships

The tall ships will be docked by the Ventura County Harbor Patrol offices, located at 3900 Pelican Way, Oxnard, CA 93035.

For more information and reservations, call 1-800-200-5239. Please visit www.historicalseaport.org to purchase tickets.

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Navel oranges piled high, visitors walk past

From the wide selection of fresh seasonal produce and locally-caught seafood, sticking to your 2018 New Year’s weight loss or eating healthier resolution is a snap when you shop local at the Channel Islands Certified Farmers’ Market.

Every Sunday, rain or shine, the Farmers’ Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will find a variety of vendors selling fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. There is also an assortment of baked goods, garden-related supplies as well as arts and crafts vendors offering their work for sale. Live music and entertainment make your shopping experience that much better.

A customer bags potatoes at the Farmers' Market

The fruits and vegetables you buy at the Farmers Market are the freshest and tastiest available. And by virtue of being whole foods, brought to you direct from farmers, they are some of the healthiest eats in town.

Most food found at the Farmers Market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.

Furthermore, at the Farmers Market you can find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, Korean melon, kale, Valencia oranges, and much, much more. It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our region and eat healthy without getting bored!

Come and enjoy an exciting day of food and family fun in a beautiful and relaxed environment.

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