Tall ship tours begin Friday in Port Angeles

The tall ship Bounty won’t make it to Port Angeles this weekend, but the schooner Lynx — whose crew trained cast and crew of the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie — will offer both tours and adventure sails in Port Angeles Harbor.

The Bounty was scheduled to arrive on Friday, but it was having difficulties making it up the coast from California, and won’t arrive in time to join the Lynx, said Cinda Buffa, director of education and sail training for the Lynx Educational Foundation.

The Lynx, designed as a Baltimore clipper schooner, is scheduled to dock at City Pier in Port Angeles and fire a cannon salute at 3 p.m. Friday.

Dockside tours are set from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A $5 donation is asked from adults, while children 12 and younger will be admitted free of charge.

Adventure sails are planned from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Cost is $65 for adults, with children 12 years old and younger $30.

For reservations, phone 866-446-5969, or visit www.privateerlynx.org.

The Lynx, a 122-foot square topsail schooner, is an interpretation of a privateer or naval schooner from the War of 1812.

The ship is fitted with period ordnance, and crew members wear period uniforms while they operate the ship in keeping with the maritime traditions of early 19th century America.

The Lynx will be one of the tall ships racing in the American Sail Training Association Tall Ships 2008 Challenge.

The first race will be from Victoria to Port Angeles across the Strait of Juan de Fuca on June 30, with a festival preceding it in Victoria from June 26-29.

Ships heading for Victoria will begin congregating in Port Angeles Harbor on Monday, said Jeffrey Woods, director of operations for the Lynx foundation.

The sails of the old-fashioned ships will make a pretty sight, but they won’t be available for tours or sailings.

At their first destination, more than 20 ships — including the Coast Guard’s Eagle and the Niña, a replica of the caravel that Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World in the 15th century — are expected to dock in Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the festival organized by the Victoria Tall Ships Society.

It will offer wooden boat-building, sail making, live entertainment and children’s programs of scrimshaw carving and model boat building.

Passengers can board ships for the race from Victoria to Port Angeles, for a race from Port Angeles to Port Townsend on July 1, and for a sail from Port Townsend to Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon Island on July 2.

A reservation on a tall ship for either of the races on June 30 or July 1, or the sailing on July 2, will cost $150.

To reserve a space, phone the Lynx’s foundation at 866-446-5969, or click on www.privateerlynx.org.

On July 3, a flotilla of tall ships will arrive in Tacoma for a festival scheduled through July 7.

About 30 vessels, including the Hawaiian Chieftain, the Lady Washington and the HMS Bounty, are expected there.

The tall ships will go on to visit Port Alberni, British Columbia, from July 10-12; San Francisco from July 23-27; Oxnard, Calif., from Aug. 7-10; San Pedro, Calif., from Aug. 13-17; and San Diego from Aug. 20-24.

For more information about the festival in Victoria, visit www.tallshipsvictoria.ca.

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