Sep
7
5:00 PM17:00

Sea Forager Book Talk and Sing Along with the Fishwives

Enjoy sea shanties by The Fishwives and a book talk with Sea Forager tour guide, sustainable fishmonger, and author of The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard. Learn about all the overlooked delicacies just waiting to be sustainably hooked and harvested at your local beach, as Kirk presents and signs copies of his book. And if the spirit moves him you may find yourself singing along to a sea shanty or two!

Visit www.seaforager.com to learn more about sustainable seafood subscriptions, local sustainable fishing, and Sea Forager tours.

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San Francisco Bay in the Past
Jun
1
6:30 PM18:30

San Francisco Bay in the Past

Join us for a journey back in time when giant grizzlies roamed the bay shores dining on beached whales, tule elk herds grazed the bunchgrass hills, and millions of salmon filled the Bay. We'll explore the Bay Area as it might have been before 200 years ago and into deep time with a presentation of Laura Cunningham’s artwork and book.

A special treat for a few lucky individuals: Sail aboard Freda the morning before the program. Laura Cunningham will be our host, highlighting the amazing features of the Bay and what sailors and explorers encountered in centuries past.

Laura Cunningham is the author of A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California (Heyday: 2010). She holds a Graduate Certificate in Natural Science Illustration,University of Califonia, Santa Cruz and a Bachelor of Science in Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley. She studies natural history, historical ecology and is an accomplished oil painter. Cunningham is California Director at the conservation non-profit Western Watersheds Project and co-founder of Basin and Range Watch.

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An Evening Concert in honor of Myron Spaulding
May
31
5:00 PM17:00

An Evening Concert in honor of Myron Spaulding

Join us for a memorable evening concert in honor of Myron Spaulding!

At Spaulding's charming living museum and operating boatyard, in a discrete corner of our nautical library archives, someone noticed a file containing Myron's personal collection of sheet music. Then was born the idea to host a concert to be played directly from Myron's sheet music, in his honor.

Myron Spaulding is a legend on the Sausalito waterfront, and was a tremendous influence on San Francisco bay sailors during the days when boats were made of wood and built locally by expert craftsmen. An accomplished concert violinist, Spaulding played in the Fox Theatre's vaudeville orchestra, at silent movie houses, and for ballets in the 1920s. He earned a seat with the San Francisco Symphony in 1934 and performed with them until 1957. This commemorative concert by bay area musicians, Benjamin Bregmen and Leo Baluk will include several pieces played directly from Myron's sheet music, and selections of Bach and 1920s style. The concert will conclude with a lively duet.

Benjamin Bregmen has been living in the Bay Area since 2008. Originally from New Jersey, Benjamin grew up studying violin performance at the Manhattan School of Music under Patinka Kopec. Today, Benjamin builds apps to help people discover the classic arts and enjoys playing solo and chamber recitals around San Francisco.

A native to San Francisco, Leo Baluk began his musical studies first on the piano, and then the cello beginning in the 6th grade. He now holds a Bachelor's in Cello Performance from University of California, Irvine, and has just recently earned his Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Jean-Michel Fonteneau. Outside of music, Leo enjoys building scale plastic models, particularly of historical wartime Navy ships and boats!

$15-20 suggested donation to go directly to the musicians.

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May
1
to May 2

Spectra Watermakers Rover Workshop

Become a Spectra roving technician!

Specta Watermakers and the Spaulding Marine Center are reviving the roving technician program. Graduates of this 2-day workshop can serve the cruising communtity around the world by repairing and servicing Spectra systems wherever they sail. The program will cover Clark pump troubleshooting and rebuilding, feed pumps, plumbing systems, membranes, electrical systems, and electronics.

After finishing the workshop, attendees may purchase Spectra parts from Spaulding at the dealer discount rate of 20% off of list price.

Familiarity with Spectra watermakers, or owning one, and basic electrical and marine systems knowlege are a big plus.

$250, including coffee bar and lunch both days.

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Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Recovery and Demise in California’s Marine Protected Areas with Dirk Rosen of MARE

Deepsea video will showcase the health, biodiversity and the challenges down deep along our California Coast. Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands pioneered the implementation of networked Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in 2003. A bold California conservation mandate eventually resulted in creation of a necklace of 124 networked reserves we have today, the largest such network in the world.

Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE), a non-profit, was formed to fill the knowledge gap in deep-sea ecosystems through deployment of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). This presentation will discuss the collaborative work up and down the state, with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, deploying ROVs inside and outside MPAs to document change over time to fish and invertebrate populations.

So far the results are mostly promising.

Dirk Rosen is the founder and Executive Director of Marine Applied Research & Exploration. MARE is a nonprofit 501c3 organization, founded in 2003, whose mission is to apply science-based marine conservation efforts to help protect and restore the ocean’s invaluable, yet threatened resources. MARE fills the knowledge gap about deep-sea ecosystems by deploying remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technologies, and analyzing the information gathered. MARE has performed more than 2,700 km of visual surveys of California’s deep water.

Dirk is an ocean engineer with 30+ years of deepsea equipment design, build and operations experience with ROVs and manned submersibles. He’s led or co-led 37 deepsea expeditions assessing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), characterizing National Marine Sanctuaries, performing fish stock assessments and evaluating impacts of wave power and fishing gear. Dirk and MARE have performed a California census of MPAs from Mexico to the Oregon border since 2003.

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Apr
3
to May 29

Wednesday Evening Artist Studio

Wednesdays 6-9pm

This workshop is designed for adults, though mature youths 12 and over may participate with adult supervision. Tea and snacks provided.

Join us Wednesday evenings in the upstairs of the historic Spaulding building to learn and make art together. Each month the workshop will center around a different technique which we will learn and practice together in the first hour of class. The remaining two hours of class time are an open studio, where participants are encouraged to employ the techniques learned to create independent work, or else pursue their muses through other or combined mediums. While these two hours are intentionally unstructured, they will be hosted and guided by Brooke Marino.

Brooke is the education director and boatyard employee here at Spaulding. She is also a geographer, printmaker, photographer, and portrait artist excited to share her joy of creating and explore new techniques together.

We will take inspiration from the forms and materials of the boatyard as well as the geography, plants, and animals of our watershed and greater bioregion.

Techniques we will be exploring:

April (3-24): Woodblock Printmaking Carving and printing techniques inspired by the shapes and forms of the boatyard and/or native plant specimens of the Coyote Creek watershed.

May (8-29): Maps, Charts, and Cartographic Representations What does it mean for something to be a map? How do we think through geography? Exploring techniques of hand-drawn cartographic representation as we create maps or charts of our personal bay areas.

June (5-26): TBA

$300 covers 4 classes and the materials used in each workshop $85/per class for single sessions (so bring a friend!.....but please let us know asap so we can have enough materials/snacks)

for questions, or to sign up, please email Brooke at education@spauldingcenter.org

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Apr
1
to Jun 3

Monday Night Fab Lab

Monday Night Fabrication Lab is back. Due to feedback from the fall courses, we have decided to open our doors each Monday evening for 3 (instead of 2) hours.

New Hours: Mondays 6-9pm. Tea and light snacks provided. Youth 10 and older welcome with adult supervision.

This time is designed to make our space and resources accessible to our community. Come and build projects of your own design. You will have at your disposal many shop hand and power tools as well as the company and guidance of education director and boatyard employee, Brooke Marino.

If you are in need of a project, Brooke is happy to provide ideas or help you design and execute your very own work of art or utility in a variety of mediums (wood, metal, cloth, found dead biota). This is a space for creativity and experimentation.

You need not attend every month and can pay as you go. We ask only that you sign up the week before and, to the extent possible, consult with Brooke about what is needed for your project. Class pricing is $25 an hour ($75 a class), materials cost provided by you, though in some cases we may be able to help find materials at cost.

for questions, or to sign up, email Brooke at education@spauldingcenter.org

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Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Plumbing Workshop with Bill Edinger

Here in the boatyard we see all manner of horrors and plumbing mistakes that could sink a boat!

In this workshop you will learn about marine plumbing systems, proper material choices, and techniques. This a hands-on workshop where participants will learn proper assembly of several different plumbing systems including pipe, tubing, and hose, and learn about various valves, seacocks, siphon breaks, and check valves.

The Instructor: Bill Edinger spent almost 20 years in the marine equipment and systems business before founding Spectra Watermakers. He is now President of Spaulding Marine Center.

$50, includes coffee bar and lunch.

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An Evening with the Life On the Water Film Series, Commodore Tompkins, and Ramblin' Jack Elliot
Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with the Life On the Water Film Series, Commodore Tompkins, and Ramblin' Jack Elliot

Please join us for very special screenings of Cape Horn Passage in Schooner Wander Bird (30 min) and Warwick Tompkins — A Lifetime at Sea (60 min). Warwick “Commodore" Tompkins, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot (a lifelong friend of Commodore), and director of both films, Oleg Harencar, will be present for the Q&A.

A mere two weeks after his birth in 1932, Warwick Tompkins Jr. was brought aboard the 85-foot schooner Wander Bird, where he lived for nine years before making the transition to land in Sausalito. Now in his eighties, he has spent most of his life racing, cruising, designing, rigging, and delivering boats. With his wealth of experience and knowledge of sailing, few people in the world are more qualified to talk about life on the water than Tompkins himself.

The two films are great to watch on the same night. Cape Horn Passage in Schooner Wander Bird, is about the voyage that the four-year-old Commodore took aboard Wander Bird from Gloucester, Massachusetts to San Francisco, California, rounding Cape Horn in 1936. The second film is about what happened to that four-year-old after the Cape Horn passage.

"You will be conceived at sea, your first memories will be of the ship at sea, you will spend most of your life at sea." When Warwick Tompkins reflects on this description of his life, it sounds like a curse from a fairy tale, but according to him his life has been “dead easy.”

We will also screen a trailer for the next Life on the Water film, now in the final stages of completion: Ramblin’ Jack – Beyond the Music. This is by far our most ambitious film up to date. We have completed most of the film without receiving any outside help, financing the production from our own pockets and putting in endless unpaid hours to make it happen. However, at this stage we must find some money to finish the film and so we have started a crowdsourcing campaign. Please visit this link https://www.ramblinjackbeyondthemusic.com, donate if you can, and also, very importantly, forward the link to your likeminded friends.

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Delta Lore with Bill Wells
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Delta Lore with Bill Wells

Bill Wells is the Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau and writer of the monthly "Delta Rat Scrapbook" column for Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine. He and his beloved wife Sue cruise their 1937 Stephens classic yacht Ranger to boating events throughout the Delta.

Bill will show us Delta photos dating back to the early 20th century, and explain the early settlement of the Delta by Europeans and before that native Americans.

Bill is a past commodore and current Delta Port Captain of the Northern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association as well as an honorary member of the Marina West, Stockton, and Sacramento Yacht Clubs. An active advocate in the fight to preserve and protect the California Delta, he served for two plus years on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan public meeting panel and served for two years on the Delta Protection Commission Advisory Committee. Bill is a frequent contributor to area publications and a guest speaker at events regarding Delta recreation and water issues.

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Movie Night: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

Movie Night: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Patrick O'Brian's heroic character Jack Aubrey jumps to life on the silver screen. Russell Crowe stars as Captain Aubrey in a thrilling, action adventure on the high seas. Created with great attention to historical accuracy, the film is directed by Peter Weir and produced by Samuel Goldwyn Films, Miramax Films, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

"During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. The action of the film lives up to its fictional and actual inspiration".

Doors open at 6:30; Screening at 7:00

Seating limited to first 100 guests

Please do not park in the Clipper Parking Lot

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Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Marine Electrical Workshop with Clark Beek

In this one-day workshop you will learn how all the pieces of a boat's electrical system fit together. A blend of philosophy and technique, building and maintaining durable marine electrical systems requires the right parts and materials for the marine environment, and some basic knowledge about how to install and connect them.

The seminar will cover batteries, cabling, circuit protection, alternators and regulators, chargers, inverters, AC systems, and safety. With a focus on hands-on techniques, you'll learn five simple and inexpensive improvements you can make to your boat's electrical system today.

The Instructor: Circumnavigator Clark Beek is an ABYC-accredited marine electrician with a lifetime of experience in the marine industry. His family has owned and operated the historic Balboa Island Ferry for over 100 years, and he is now General Manager of the Spaulding Marine Center.

$50, includes morning coffee and lunch.

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An Evening with John Kretschmer, launching his new book Sailing to the Edge of Time
Dec
17
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with John Kretschmer, launching his new book Sailing to the Edge of Time

Time spent sailing, especially far from the shackles of land, is the key to discovering the good life waiting at sea.

John Kretschmer is sailing’s practical philosopher—as much a doer as a thinker. And that is the overarching theme of this chronicle of a sailing life. Often amusing, sometimes poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply personal account is a welcome reminder about the good life waiting at sea.

Over hundreds of thousands of nautical miles, Kretschmer's adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize, as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. His crew has included CEOs, actors, writers, teachers, kids—in essence, everyone.

Kretschmer's narrative is interwoven with practical tips and advice on seamanship, but also, and just as importantly, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives. He truly believes we find out who we really are, and what we are capable of, offshore, where we find a place where time changes shape--days may merge into one another, but minutes are memorable.

To live adventurously is to live more fully, and that is the life John Kretschmer continues to experience. In Sailing to the Edge of Time, Kretschmer shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail, and those seeking something more rewarding from life.

John Kretschmer is a writer, sailor, philosopher, lecturer, and businessman whose successful sail-training business aboard Quetzal takes a uniquely philosophical but hands-on approach to offshore sailing. He is the author of four highly regarded non-fiction books, including Sailing a Serious Ocean, and At the Mercy of the Sea, as well as hundreds of articles for the sailing press, Life, and the LA Times.

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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Native Flora and Fauna of Sausalito Watershed Printmaking Workshop on

Native Flora and Fauna of Sausalito Watershed Printmaking Workshop Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:00 AM 4:30 PM In this workshop, we will create hand carved woodblocks inspired by the local plant and shore bird species of the Sausalito watershed. You are, of course, welcome to come with ideas, drawings and designs of your own. Drawings will then be transferred and carved into wood blocks, using traditional carving hand tools which will be provided for your use. Lastly we will ink and print our blocks. Students have the option to create their own set of greeting cards and/or combine this workshop with our Watershed Paper Making Workshop (December 1st) for a truly unique printmaking experience celebrating local ecology and watershed stewardship. Cost: $175 per person. Class limited to 6. Ages 12 and up.

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Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Watershed Paper Making Workshop

In this workshop, we will bring our creativity to local watershed stewardship by making beautiful handcrafted paper from the fibrous biomas of invasive plant species removed from local watersheds. The process will include mixing, blending of plant fibers and straining and drying the pulp sheets. Each student will get to make 6 screens, and has the option to combine this workshop with our Native Flora and Fauna Printmaking Workshop the following week.

Both workshops will be held in our cozy upstairs workshop in the Spaulding building. Plan to provide your own lunch. Snacks and Warm Beverages will be provided.

The Instructor(s): lish dawn is an independent installation and mixed media artist whose work meditates on a connection to place, engaging and imbedding the materials of a location within the process of making. She has a BFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. lish is also a boatyard employee, crane operator, and educator in art youth programs here at Spaulding Boatworks. Assisting lish in these workshops is fellow artist, educator, and boatyard employee, Brooke Cena.

Cost: $175 per person. Class limited to 6. Ages 12 and up.

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Movie Night: Captain Blood
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Movie Night: Captain Blood

Arrested during the Monmouth Rebellion and falsely convicted of treason, Dr. Peter Blood (Errol Flynn) is banished to the West Indies and sold into slavery. In Port Royal, Jamaica the Governor's daughter Arabella Bishop (Olivia de Havilland) buys him for £10 to spite her uncle, Col. Bishop, who owns a major plantation. Life is hard for the men and for Blood as well. By chance he treats the Governor's gout and is soon part of the medical service. He dreams of freedom and when the opportunity strikes, he and his friends rebel taking over a Spanish ship that has attacked the city. Soon, they are the most feared pirates on the seas, men without a country attacking all ships. When Arabella is prisoner, Blood decides to return her to Port Royal only to find that it is under the control of England's new enemy, France. All of them must decide if they are to fight for their new King.

Doors open at 6PM; movie starts at 6:30. Free, first come first served.

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Iqyax (Aleutian Sea Kayak) Workshop
Nov
3
to Nov 9

Iqyax (Aleutian Sea Kayak) Workshop

This is an all day, seven day intensive workshop, during which you build your own skin-on-frame sea kayak. All materials are included.

Iqyax are the traditional skin-on-frame Sea Kayaks of the Aleutian Island natives. In this workshop, participants will build their own very own Iqyax and paddle under the instruction of master builder and instructor, Marc Daniels.

Marc Daniels has been building, restoring, and paddling skin-on-frame sea kayaks and open skin boats since the 1980s, always pulled forward by a fascination for the traditional oceancraft of northern Native peoples. He believes that there was little that the ancient inventors of skin-on-frame boat technology didn’t understand about boat design and ocean dynamics, and that they incorporated this deep understanding into the vessels they trusted their lives to.

In Alaska the intricate knowledge of how to build these fine and seaworthy vessels had been passed orally from one generation to the next for thousands of years before becoming virtually lost with the arrival of outside cultures during the past two centuries. Today the subtleties and secrets of ancient skin boat technology can only be found encoded deep in the bones of the few remaining vessels held in museums and in rare journal accounts written by the first explorers to encounter Native skin boat cultures. Marc has been exploring these mysteries for decades through the close study of those museum specimens and journals, and by replicating and re-building the few surviving skin boats in Native communities throughout coastal Alaska.

Marc will be assisted in this workshop by Brooke Marino, Spaulding's Education Director, who apprenticed under Marc at Mindseye Manufactory in Ferndale, CA. She has assisted Marc in several Iqyax workshops and is excited to host what is hopefully the first of many here at Spaulding.

We are deeply grateful to the native peoples who are the rightful heirs and owners of this technology. Throughout the workshop, we will host several presentations about the history of the Aleutian Islands, the native people, and the ongoing projects of cultural preservation, revitalization, and stewardship.

The cost of the workshop is $2500.00 which includes one week of instruction and all materials. This workshop will assist in the raising of funds for a the construction of a shop and culture center on St. Paul and Unalaska Islands.

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Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

Masters and Mariners Music Series: Folk Cabaret!

Join us for an evening of wooden boats and sultry folk melodies from around the world. From misty Basque mountain melodies to 1960s Greek taverna songs, Brazilian Carnival tunes, Sephardic lullabies, and more, we’ll carry listeners across vast oceans; exploring the deep connections between ancient song traditions, wayfaring, and boat building. Food, wine, and beer by Sausalito’s own Port & Provisions, with musical guests Cantadora Sephardia, Angus Martin, and Kristine Barrett, with guest singers from Temple of Light Georgian Choir and the Headlands Community Folk Ensemble.

Masters & Mariners is a new music series held within the Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito, CA that brings together Maritime Arts and Traditional Music from various locales around the world. A spin on the annual Master Mariners race on the San Francisco Bay, Masters & Mariners celebrates the connections between music and boats and their communities; fostering relationships with the public to engage with these unique traditional art forms.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission, $20 early bird, $15 for students, and may be purchased at www.portandprovisions.com/events

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Oct
11
to Dec 6

Women and Woodworking Fabrication Studio

Our Women and Woodworking workshops are back, with a new flavor. These fabrication workshops are open to women, trans, and non-binary folk, and will utilize wood, metal, leather, and canvas in a variety of creative DIY projects throughout the fall. Our classes will be accessible to beginner and intermediate fabricators, and will include lessons in hand and power tool safety, measurement, design, construction and finishing. During the class we will be using the professional workshop at the Spaulding Marine Center as well as learning about relatively-inexpensive hand and power tools you can use at home.

The Instructor: Brooke Marino has been teaching art, kayak building, and outdoor skills to youths and adults for three years, most recently leading the Spaulding Marine Center's Summer Sea Camps. She is excited to continue Spaluding's commitment to accessible and inclusive education.

Classes will occur on Thursday evenings weekly throughout the fall, from 6:30-8:30 pm, and can be flexible as to which/how many you attend based on the projects and goals of each student.

Brooke has several project ideas that can be chosen from or modified, including plant/flower presses, bookshelves, leather bound journals, canvas bags, and bat boxes. Alternatively, you may work with her to plan and build something of your own design. Each student's first class will be focused on tool safely and developing a design plan and materials list. Family friendly. Youths over 12, parent-child, and couples welcome.

Cost: $50 per 2hr session (min 2 sessions):

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Oct
8
to Dec 3

Monday Night Fab Lab

This is an all inclusive rolling workshop, accessible to beginner and intermediate fabricators, and will include lessons in hand and power tool safety, measurement, design, construction and finishing. During the class we will be using the professional workshop at the Spaulding Marine Center as well as learning about relatively-inexpensive hand and power tools you can use at home.

The Instructor: Brooke Marino has been teaching art, kayak building, and outdoor skills to youths and adults for three years, most recently leading the Spaulding Marine Center's Summer Sea Camps. She is excited to continue Spaluding's commitment to accessible and inclusive education.

The Lab will be (nearly) every Monday evening throughout the fall, from 6:30-8:30 pm, and can be attended on a rolling basis depending on the duration of the project selected.

Brooke has several project ideas that can be chosen from or modified, including plant/flower presses, bookshelves, leather bound journals, and bat boxes. Alternatively, you may work with her to plan and build something of your own design. Each student's first class will be focused on tool safely and developing a design plan and materials list. Family friendly. Youths over 12, parent-child, and couples welcome.

$50 per session; two session minimum:

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Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with the Crew of S/V Sea Dragon and Pangaea Exploration

Come spend an evening with experienced world voyagers Eric Loss and Shanley McEntee. Together they’ve sailed 200,000 nautical miles around the globe.

In 2011-2012 at the age of 25, Eric completed a solo, one-stop circumnavigation via the Southern Ocean in his Islander 36, Odyssey. Captains Eric and Shanley have sailed extensively together throughout the Pacific and Atlantic while working aboard Sea Dragon, a Challenge 72 cutter and former around-the-world racer, taking teams of scientists and adventurers to remote locations.

On their most recent expedition, they took coral reef biologists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to research reefs in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. In their spare time, they also sail their Pouvreau 42 cutter and Antarctic veteran Fleur Australe throughout the Atlantic and high latitudes of Newfoundland, Greenland, and Iceland.

Come for an evening of sea stories and adventure that span every ocean on the planet!

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Jul
30
to Aug 10

Summer Sea Camp, Session 2

Sailing/Boat Building/ Watershed Stewardship

A hands-on, two week summer camp, based at the historic Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito, where your child (ages 11-15) will safely have fun and meet friends while empirically learning big concepts and science via sailing on the Bay, building wooden watercraft, and watershed restoration. The camp will culminate with sailing our historic 48' sloop FREDA to Angel Island for a 3 day/2 night camp-out.

Sailing:

  • team work and traditional sailing
  • chart/ map reading and creation
  • meteorology via local wind patterns
  • astronomy via tide patterns
  • marine biology via fishing and exploration
  • maritime history of Coast Miwok, early Bay Area sailing and the Marin liberty ships

Wooden water craft (boats, skim boards, paddle boards) :

  • wood craft/ Tool use
  • mathematics/ geometry
  • design
  • maritime history

Watershed Stewardship:

  • Bothin Marsh restoration/ oyster bed creation
  • water quality monitoring
  • riparian native plant ID via stream restoration

$790 for entire session (2 weeks); $425 for one week (IF you would like to sign up for just one week of the session, please contact Spaulding at info@spauldingcenter.org or 415-332-3179.)

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Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Reed Boat Builder Jin Ishikawa

Please join us for an evening with Jin Ishikawa, who has built over 250 reed boats. Reed boats are the oldest known to man, with remains dating back 7000 years. Reed boats are most associated with the ancient Egyptians, Peruvians, and Bolivians, but evidence of reed boat building has turned up all over the world.

Mr. Ishikawa has undertaken some long voyages in reed boats, but his longest is soon to come: a Pacific crossing starting in California, and ending...well, he'll be the first to tell you that part of the joy of reed boat voyages is that the final destination is lefe somewhat to chance, as these boats are at the mercy of Mother Nature:

"A reed boat does not take you to where you want to go. A reed boat takes you to where you should go, accompanied by nature. The journey, in which you don't know to where you are going, seems reckless. But part of the journey is to entrust yourself to the nature. Opening your heart, listen to the voice of the wind, the hymn of stars, and the wisdom of living on the ocean. I believe that the voyage of reed boat is delivered from the "Wisdom learned from the Ocean"

Captain Jin Ishikawa

Captain Ishikawa's website is http://www.jinishikawa.com, and YouTube video at https://youtu.be/bCoVTRgAto0

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Jul
9
to Jul 20

Summer Sea Camp, Session 1

SESSION 1 IS FULL, BUT THERE'S STILL SPACE IN SESSION 2

Sailing/Boat Building/ Watershed Stewardship

A hands-on, two week summer camp, based at the historic Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito, where your child (ages 11-15) will safely have fun and meet friends while empirically learning big concepts and science via sailing on the Bay, building wooden watercraft, and watershed restoration. The camp will culminate with sailing our historic 48' sloop FREDA to Angel Island for a 3 day/2 night camp-out.

Sailing:

  • team work and traditional sailing
  • chart/ map reading and creation
  • meteorology via local wind patterns
  • astronomy via tide patterns
  • marine biology via fishing and exploration
  • maritime history of Coast Miwok, early Bay Area sailing and the Marin liberty ships

Wooden water craft (boats, skim boards, paddle boards) :

  • wood craft/ Tool use
  • mathematics/ geometry
  • design
  • maritime history

Watershed Stewardship:

  • Bothin Marsh restoration/ oyster bed creation
  • water quality monitoring
  • riparian native plant ID via stream restoration

$790 for entire session (2 weeks); $425 for one week (If you would like to sign up for just one week of a session, please contact Spaulding at info@spauldingcenter.org or 415-332-3179)

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Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Life on the Dock: Richardson Bay marine biology under our floating docks

Sausalito resident Michael Konrad retired from a career as a biochemist and molecular biologist to focus on the marine life along the Richardson Bay shore. His book, "Life on the Dock", describes the animals and plants that grow on the edges of the floating docks that make up our boat harbors. The inhabitants on and around the docks represent a huge diversity of size and life style and we can learn a great deal of biology from our neighbors on the dock. A modest microscope, a few books, and access to the Internet enable the beginning biologist to acquire a basic understanding of the science of biology.

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Splicing Workshop with Jim Linderman and Friends

In this one-day workshop you will learn the basics of rope work, knots, hitches, and splices. To ensure individualized instruction, this workshop is limited to 20 attendees.

No more buying pre-made dock lines! After this seminar you’ll be able to build your own dock lines with spliced loops and whipped ends. Likewise, you will learn to splice braided line, so that you can make your own halyards and running rigging.

The seminar will begin with an overview of line types and construction, then cover the basics of rope work and rigging, with a focus on practical, hands-on skills. Several salty sailors with be on hand so that smaller break-out groups can work on specific techniques.

Special tools are needed for basic rope work, and no sailor’s ditty bag should be without them: A sailor’s palm, sailmakers needles, waxed marline, a Swedish fid, and a good knife. If you own these items, please bring them. If not, these items will be available for purchase.

The Instructor: A long-time friend of the Spaulding Marine Center, Jim Linderman came of age in the Stone Boatyard, where his father & grandfather were longtime boatbuilders. Jim went on to earn his 3000-Ton Master’s license after sailing on various traditionally-rigged sailing vessels throughout the world. Jim rigged the Spaulding Marine Center’s 1885 gaff-rigged sloop, Freda, the oldest sailing yacht on the west coast. Jim continues to oversee, maintain, and upgrade Freda’s traditional rigging.

$50, lunch and coffee bar included.

Call 415.332.3179, e-mail info@spauldingcenter.org, or make your donation via the PayPal link below:

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May
20
5:00 PM17:00

Launch Party!

Please join us for the dry launch of the SV-14, a sailboat specially-designed for disabled sailors. Built entirely with volunteer labor over the last year and a half, Spaulding is very proud to introduce this unique vessel, one of just seven being built around the world. We'll have an open bar (beer and wine) for the entire event. Co-sponsored by Qorkz Wine, area winemakers will conduct tastings and pour their best. We'll have a silent auction, tasty treats, Spaulding boats and student projects on display, and as always, lots of salty atmosphere.

Only $60 per person for an entire afternoon of fun! All proceeds go to support The Center.

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Ron Holland and Mary Crowley

Please join Renowned Naval Architect Ron Holland to hear about his new book "All The Oceans – Designing by the seat of my pants." Ron launched this book in New Zealand and went onward to Australia and Hong Kong and now he is in the San Francisco Bay Area to give a wonderful lecture and visit with friends. A portion of the author's royalties from the sales of All The Oceans will be contributed to Project Kaisei Ocean Clean Up, an initiative of Ocean Voyages Institute, a California Non-profit organization working on the cleanup of the global epidemic of plastics in our ocean.

This should be an amazing event and is being organized by Ocean Voyages Institute and Mary Crowley with great appreciation to the wonderful Spaulding Marine Center. Mary and Ron will also share an update about the current projects of the Institute, its debris satellite tracking program and ocean cleanup operations.

A simple dinner and refreshments will be served. Please bring $20 USD per person in cash or check to be collected at the door.

Please email: Mary@oceanvoyagesinstitute.org or call the Institute Office at +1.415.332.4681 to reserve the number of spaces you require.

RSVP by May 8th.

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Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Racing with Copepods: An evening with filmmaker Barbara McVeigh

The magic of a wooden boat - that’s the back story of Racing with Copepods. Film Producer Barbara McVeigh screens her short ocean documentary, filmed right here on San Francisco Bay, featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle and narrated by Kimball Livingston.

Dr. Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, will join the post film conservation to share information about The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) and why it’s imperative to address ocean issues today.

Magic Bear will be at the docks to inspire all!

Barbara's great uncle Robert Keleher owned Bear Boat #65, named Magic. He inspired her to sail and to fall in love with the ocean, resulting in this film and other environmental projects. Bear boats were originally built right here in Sausalito by the Nunes Brothers, and Bear Boat #1, Merry Bear, lives at the Maritime Museum in San Francisco.

Charlie Siler, cohost of People’s Environmental News, will provide a few tunes on his guitar!

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Movie Night!: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Movie Night!: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

In this action filled adventure of MGM’s 1935 Academy Award winning production, Clark Gable stars as Fletcher Christian, first mate of the infamous HMS Bounty, skippered by Captain William Bligh (Charles Laughhten), the cruelest taskmaster on the Seven Seas.

During the journey back to England, Bligh's cruelties become more than Christian can bear and the crew stages a mutiny, with Christian in charge.

Bligh and a handful of officers loyal to him are set adrift in an open boat. Through sheer force of will, he guides the tiny vessel on a 49-day, 4000-mile journey to the Dutch East Indies, without losing a man.

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Screening at 7:00 pm

Seating Limited to 1st 100 Guests

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