Where it all began.
The crew from the Schooner Martha Foundation has been working for 19 years to get to the point where MARTHA was ready to return to this event. All of the volunteer work and support from the community is paying off and MARTHA is here!
In 1996 when the seeds for MARTHA’s resurrection were planted, the goal was to have her ready for a return to her birth place “San Francisco” to race the MasterMariners Regatta.
Well almost 20 years later not only will MARTHA compete in the Master Mariners but has also participated in a full year of classic yachting events that will culminate in a participation in Transpac .
Martha gets new frames
All of these wonderful things would not have been possible with out the support from so many of our community and the technical and philosophical support of the Port Townsend Marine Trades and the Port of Port Townsend.
Volunteers and Donors Make Restoration Work Possible
It is a great achievement, not only to have restored MARTHA to her racing health but to have insured that she and her mission of Maritime Cultural Education continues into the future as we hand the torch to the next generation.
Sail training programs for youth
Thank you to Encinal Yacht Club for hosting us and the Master Mariner’s Regatta this coming Saturday.
MARTHA and crew enjoyed a rare gift from Neptune, San Diego to Santa Barbara in 24 hours.
After a two day respite we made an early morning journey to Cojo Anchorage at Pt Conception. After resting and checking over everything, we boogied North to Santa Cruz arriving in 26 hours. We had to motor the distance but given the other possibility, a serious crash and bash, we liked the option.
Anchored in the lee of Point Conception
It’s not uncommon for vessels to be hunkered down in Morro Bay waiting for a window and we were wondering if we would make it to SF in time for Master Mariners!
As MARTHA’s luck would have it, Neptune sent a low pressure system down from the gulf of Alaska, it came inshore south of the Channel Islands just south of our position in Santa Barbara.
The low provided a window for us to make our way to Santa Cruz along with a pod of Humpback Whales.
Point Sur under cloud and fog
We enjoyed a warm welcome from the Santa Cruz Harbor staff, including the Port Commissioner. A very comfortable and friendly place and we have enjoyed sharing MARTHA and stories of Port Townsend with folks here.
Sunday morning at 0500 we sail for Half Moon Bay with hopes of passing through the Golden Gate Monday morning with the flood. Wish us luck with the weather and say a little thanks to Neptune for MARTHA.
Dockside in Santa Cruz