Director’s Message: Visioning, Planning & Development Updates

View from the water of the lighthouse, breakwater and crane dock

Summer finally broke through, and I see the sun most mornings – it sure is nice.  As I write this, across the channel is the San Salvador, a full-size replica of explorer Juan Cabrillo’s flagship galleon.  This tallship was brought to the Harbor by the Maritime Museum, and she will be docked beside the Museum…

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Channel Islands Maritime Museum Opens BlueFin Gifts

Stuffies and souvenirs at Blue Fin Gifts

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is excited to announce the grand opening of BlueFin Gifts, Channel Islands Harbor’s exclusive specialty shop with an emphasis on nautical gifts and treasures.

BlueFin Gifts is located in the Museum’s lobby at 3900 Bluefin Circle in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor.

Prior to the gift shop’s rebranding, its items included mostly souvenirs related to the Museum’s exhibits, but now features attractive displays with a new name and logo designed by local artist Brett Bednorz.

The gift shop offers items for all ages with an eye for local art, gifts and jewelry that highlight local marine life, beaches and boating community as well as being mindful of sustainable materials that are friendly to the environment.

Shoppers can bring their own gift basket or purchase a nautical tote and fill it with all kinds of treasures from handmade cork wallets and bags, hand-thrown ceramics, sea glass jewelry, Oxnard’s Ethics Supply Co. eco-friendly, local artist Margy Gate’s works, darling stuffed sea animals and hard-to-find books such as “Diary of a Sea Captain’s Wife” written about the local Channel Islands.  There is a delightful selection of all-occasion cards and all gifts come packaged in BlueFin Gifts’ signature nautical bag.

The volunteer staff includes long-time docent and manager Linda Wilson and Museum Member, Louise Nelson, former proprietor of Beachflower Gifts; Hollywood Beach’s beloved local gift shop for years.

Open now, BlueFin Gifts’ hours match the Museum’s – Thursday through Monday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m./Sunday noon – 4p.m. and is free to the public.  All proceeds go to support the non-profit Maritime Museum.


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Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club to Host On-The-Water Concert

View of the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club from the water

Singer-songwriter David Barrette will headline the Channel Islands Harbor’s first-ever on-the-water concert, hosted by Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club (PCYC). Barrette has created one of the largest “raft-up” concerts at Catalina Island, the Cherry Cove Cockpit Concert, which has attracted up to 250 vessels. Barrette performs favorites from the 50s, 60s, and 70s featuring Neil Diamond,…

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San Salvador to Visit Channel Islands Harbor

Promotional image of tall-ship the San Salvador, silhouetted by the setting sun

A full-scale replica of the first European vessel to explore California’s coast will sail into the Channel Islands Harbor in late August. Interested visitors will have the opportunity to book an onboard tour or schedule a 3-hour day sail. As part of its 2019 Pacific Heritage Tour, the San Salvador will be at the Channel…

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Public Invited to Channel Islands Harbor Community Visioning Workshop

Attendees at a CIH community visioning workshop

The Ventura County Harbor Department is conducting a public visioning process for Harbor parcels on Victoria Avenue. Residents and stakeholders interested in participating in Channel Islands Harbor development are invited to attend the Community Visioning Workshop. The workshop is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 29 at Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club,…

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Director’s Message: Planning and Development Updates

A rowing team paddles in the harbor

The Fourth of July is in our rearview mirror and we are squarely in summer.  My first Fourth at my new Harbor home was a wonderful celebration, and it underscores the fact that we live in one of the best areas in the best country in the world.  While the street parade, boat parade, farmer’s…

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