Different ways to enjoy San Francisco Bay and its history
The Hawaiian Chieftain offers Saturday adventure sails ($45); for a more relaxing voyage, try sunset sails (Wed–Fri; from $35) or Sunday brunch sails ($50). Sep 21–Oct 27. Marina Plaza Harbor, Sausalito; (415) 331-3214 or www.hawaiianchieftain.com.
International Tall Ships Challenge Race Series 2002. The tall ships visit San Francisco Bay August 28 through September 2. More than 50 tall ships are expected, including the schooner Californian, the Clipper Patricia from Honduras, and the Europa from the Netherlands. Activities include tours of the tall ships, daily sails, and crew competitions (rowing, treasure hunts). Later, you can join some tall ships on voyages to Los Angeles. Ships at Piers 27, 35, 45, Scoma’s Pier, and Pier 40/Pac Bell Park. Sail San Francisco! 2002: (415) 522-9903 or www.sailsanfrancisco.org.
PIER AND PARK
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. At Hyde Street Pier, tour ships, enjoy music and craft programs, or try your hand at boatbuilding or knot tying. Also part of the park is the Maritime Museum, a streamline-moderne structure built in the 1930s. Hyde and Jefferson Streets, San Francisco. Hyde Street Pier: 9:30–5:30 daily; $6. Maritime Museum: 10–5 daily; free. (415) 561-7100 or www.nps.gov/safr.
A Day in the Life: 1901. At Hyde Street Pier, watch a living-history event in which docents are dressed as the captain and his wife and the crew raises Balclutha’s sail. 10–4, second Saturday of each month. Fall Sea Music Concert Series. Professional musicians perform aboard the Balclutha. Concerts Sep–Dec; $12. Reservations required. (415) 561-6662.
Chantey Sing. Listen or sing along to sailor songs. 8 p.m. first Saturdays; free. Reservations required. (415) 556-6435.