The Californian, shown here firing a deck gun, resides at the Maritime Museum… (Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles…)
Sailing aboard the Californian is a throwback to the era of tall ships and re-creates what 19th-century travel by sea was like. The Martitime Museum of San Diego offers three sailings to Catalina Island aboard the topsail schooner where participants take turns standing watch, setting sail and learning other on-board skills. (Yes, there's a motor so you won't be stuck in the doldrums.)
But it's not all work. There'll be time to relax on board and to go kayaking in the waters off Catalina with guides and gear provided. The Californian, built in 1984, is a replica of an 1847 cutter with nine sails and four deck guns.
When: Three-night trips depart June 22 and Aug. 17; a six night trip leaves July 24.
Price: $675 per person for a three-night trip; $900 per person for a six-night sailing. It includes sailing costs, kayaking, some meals and snacks.
Contact: Maritime Museum of San Diego, (619) 234-9153