The Friends of the Crescent City Harbor will hold a pirate festival April 7 to celebrate the return of the Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain.
The Crescent City Harbor District’s new nonprofit organization will raise funds by holding a 5k run and a 1k walk that will take folks from the north parking lot to Starfish Way and Whalers Island and back, said Commissioner Jim Ramsey, who sits on the Friends of the Crescent City Harbor’s board. There will be prizes for first, second and third place and participants will receive a T-shirt, he said.
The cost to participate in either the run or the walk is $30 for a single person and $50 for two, Ramsey said.
“This is our first attempt to do something like this, so it’s a learning curve for us,” he said. “We’re looking for volunteers.”
Ramsey said the Friends of the Crescent City Harbor decided to host the Pirate Festival to coincide with the arrival of the Tall Ships after the success of its haunted house in October. He noted the harbor hosted two festivals when Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain first began sailing into Crescent City. If the Tall Ships don’t make it to the area for whatever reason, the festival will go on, Ramsey said.
“We’re hoping to make this a very successful thing and do a yearly Pirate Festival and pirate run down in the harbor and see how it goes,” he said.
In addition to the pirate run, there will be live music, vendors and craft brews for people to enjoy, Ramsey said. Performances will include the Dixieland Rangers and Darlingtonias, he said. There will also be games, dancing and arts and craft vendors, Ramsey said.
According to Ramsey, Friends of the Harbor was created to help raise money for projects at the port, whether it’s making repairs to a crumbling sea wall or helping build the Tsunami Experience museum. Ramsey said the organization is coming up with three or four events that will bring people to Crescent City.
The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will tie up at Citizens Dock on April 7 and April 8, offering dockside tours, adventure sails and battle sails, according to a press release from Grays Harbor Historical Seaport.
The Lady Washington is a replica of the first U.S. flagged vessel to make landfall on the West Coast and has been featured in several movies and TV shows including “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Star Trek Generations” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” according to Grays Harbor.
The steel-hulled Hawaiian Chieftain was launched in 1988 in Lahaina, Hawaii.
On April 7, vessel tours will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for a suggested donation of $5. A battle sail will be held from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets for the battle sail ranges from $42 to $79.
On April 8, the tall ships will offer vessel tours from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; adventure sails from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and a battle sail from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.. Tickets for the adventure sail ranges from $42 to $49.
Tickets are available at www.historicalseaport.org/public-tours-sails/sailing-schedule/crescent-city-california.
For more information about the Pirate Festival, call 707-388-3160 or visit friendsofthecharbor.com/events. Friends of the Crescent City Harbor is also on Facebook.