Tall Ship Sailing off the California Coast
Welcome to Pre-O Adventure:
Tall Ship Sailing!
Can you believe that in a few short weeks you will be sailing the high seas in search of
pirates and treasure! (Full disclosure: the previous statement is not 100% accurate.) You
will have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of navigation and boat operations as
well as build your skills as a deck-hand. This will be an amazing opportunity to meet new
friends and make lasting connections while on the open sea!
In order to ensure you are best prepared for our upcoming adventure we have included
important information in a short presentation. After reviewing, please don’t hesitate to
contact us with any questions.
What is Covered?
Meet your guide
About the Irving Johnson
What is the schedule?
What will I eat?
Where will I sleep?
What do I need to bring?
What skills and experience
do I need?
philosophy & policies
What weather can I expect?
What are the risks?
Meet Your Guide
The Irving Johnson is part of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute and his its own
crew that will also be a part of our experience.
Major: Environmental Studies and
About Catie Chipman: Catie
absolutely love the
outdoors, especially saltwater.
Swimming, sailing, snorkeling, kay
aking, and scuba diving rank
among her favorite activities.
Catie is certified as a dive
instructor and is currently working
as a camp counselor while sailing
and diving in the Caribbean.
About the Irving Johnson
The twin brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson are the flagships of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute's (LAMI).
Named for sail training pioneers Irving and Electa "Exy" Johnson, The brigantines are based on original plans designed
in the 1930s by Henry Gruber but never built. Noted yacht designer W.I.B. Crealock was brought in to adapt the plans to
meet modern Coast Guard regulations and to fit LAMI's own stringent specifications based on their years of trial and
experience. Master shipbuilder Allan Rawl was retained to oversee the project and direct the many
carpenters, electricians, engineers and riggers hired or volunteering as shipwrights.
Two and a half miles of running rigging support a total of 5,032 square feet (467 m2) of canvas on two masts and 13
sails, easily staying in light air and comfortable rail down in a stiff breeze at nine knots. Controlled by 85 lines on
deck, there are plenty of opportunities for participants to learn and do.
Within her 90-foot (27 m) length on deck and 21-foot (6 m) beam she's divided into three cabins. 12 bunks, a head (toilet)
and enclosed shower are found forward. 18 bunks, two additional heads, another shower and a large common area are
found amidships. Also amidships to port are a large refrigerator and freezer and access to the deck through the galley
above. The galley features a six burner propane stove forward, a day fridge to port and spacious counter space with two
deep sink wells to starboard, the galley is comfortable to work in with ports all around, providing plenty of light and ample
To aft lies the chart house with a large chart table and a wrap around settee that can be used for teaching, eating or even
charting. The nav station to port is comfortable and readily accessible from the helm. Radar, GPS, VHF and SSB are all
readily accessible. An on deck cockpit provides additional teaching space as well as a pleasant location for al fresco
A 3208 V8 Caterpillar diesel engine provides auxiliary power while a Northern Lights 16 kW electrical generator powers
the creature comforts on board. Coupled with a Village Marine 50 gph watermaker, she's fully capable of extended
passages off shore.
Spend four days sailing the open
ocean on a Brigantine
Amazing marine life
Get to know other new students in a
Learn about USD and begin
Orientation feeling more confident
Day 1 (Saturday, August 24)
9:00 AM- Check in at the Outdoor Adventures office (UC 136) before
1:00pm- Meet up with your small group and say goodbye to your
family. Get to know your group. Review clothing and make any final
8:00 AM- Breakfast and then board the Irving Johnson on San Diego
Bay. After a ship orientation we will set sail for the blue horizon.
Days 3 & 4
Take turn sailing in small watch groups. When you are not on watch
you will sleep, learn about the marine environment, learn about life at
USD and enjoy life on a boat.
Today is the final day aboard the Irving Johnson. Return to land
around 4:00pm and celebrate our sail with dinner at a
restaurant on the waterfront.
Day 6 (August 29)
Today we will set off on an adventure downtown. We will check
out the Parade of Ships, part of the San Diego Tall Ship Festival
and tour some favorite locales before returning to campus and
reuniting with family at 5:00 pm.
Packing for your Trip
The packing list is developed to
keep you comfortable.
Weather is unpredictable and it
can get cold out on the ocean.
Please refer to the packing list
that you received in an email or
Some items are available to
rent through Outdoor
Adventures before August 2nd.
Quantities are limited.
Participants will be sharing
living quarters with one
There is limited running water,
a shower and electricity.
(Included & On Your Own)
Dinner on day 1 through lunch on day 5 is included.
Dinner on day 5 (Aug 28th) will be together as a group at a
restaurant on the waterfront but is on your own. ($10-$30 for
Breakfast and Lunch on day 6 are included and we will end at
Please make sure you have notified us of any dietary
preferences/restrictions so that we can prepare accordingly.
Everyone is capable of crewing a tall ship, it is not physically strenuous.
There will be opportunities to climb up into the rigging to furl and unfurl
sails. Though this is not physically hard, a little courage is required. You will
wear a harness and be attached to the rigging while aloft. No one will force
you up if this is not for you, there is always plenty to be done on deck. You
will get to heave on lines to raise the sails and gaff. You will be heaving with
your team mates so doing your best is always as much strength as you will
Sea sickness is possible, though, today's sea sickness medicine is really
effective at making your trip enjoyable. Interestingly, one of the most
challenging things about real sailing voyages like this is sleep. Because you
will be on a watch rotation, there will be times when you are working on
deck at 3am and sleeping at 3pm. This actually is really fun and is great
practice for getting up in the early hours to study for finals and then
Risks and Hazards
Participants will be on the tall ship for 4 days. Risks can
include motion sickness, dehydration, heat stoke,
sunburns. During nights it can get cold and wet and
thus there is even a possibility of hypothermia. Please
be sure to refer to the packing list to best prepare
yourself to be comfortable in this dynamic environment.
Drugs and Alcohol
Drugs and Alcohol are never allowed on trips, nor being
under the influence.
Prescription medications are required. Please bring
them in the original container with the doctor’s name
printed on it.
Leave No Trace
On all Outdoor Adventures trips, we abide by the principles of
Leave No Trace. These practices are an integral part of our
program and we ask each participant to do their best to abide
by instructions from guides. These principles are:
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors