Sweetheart Sail 2018
February 4, 2018
In the sunny, temperate west coast, near the beautiful apartments in San Pedro CA, folks know that the water holds a special significance. There’s a connection to the sea that’s hard to describe, and this February, there will be a chance to combine that love of being out on the open water with true love, as The Los Angeles Maritime Institute puts on their 2018 Sweetheart Sail. If this sounds like a good time to you, then you’re in great company. Keep reading to learn about the LAMI, what the Sweetheart Sail will entail, and what you’ll need to do to enjoy this thrilling chance for a dinner at sea.
About The Los Angeles Maritime Institute
First, a bit about the institute itself:
“The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through extraordinary at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels built to train and equip young people with 21st century leadership skills, and inspire maritime and STEM career paths.”
Straightforward enough. LAMI was created in 1992, by retired science teacher and Coast Guard captain Jim Gladson. He noted the seemingly positive effect that sailing had on youth, and envisioned the TopSail Youth Program as a kind of training that would “provide youth with the real-life challenges that would develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to stay in school and become healthy, productive adults.”
Born from such noble goals, LAMI and the TopSail Program have excelled at their goals, touching the lives of some 60,000 youngsters and helping to teach them important life skills through the time-honored tradition of sailing. To that end, they run a range of programs that help impart the lessons they want to teach on the youth (and even adults):
• Day programs and voyages
• Hands-on STEM learning
• Maritime skill building and sea-time certification
• Boat building
• Private charters
• Community sails
• Volunteer Youth Crew Program
• Adult volunteer program
Central to their purpose is their small fleet of ships, which include the Irving Johnson, Exy Johnson, Swift Of Ipswich, and American Pride. Each is a sight to behold, though the Irving and Exy Johnson are the two most recent and most prominent, having been dubbed the “Official Tall Ships And Maritime Ambassadors Of The City Of Los Angeles,” and each measuring some 110-feet:
“Built to last 100 years, the state-of-the-art brigantine design is based on TopSail founder Jim Gladson’s decades of experience with adolescent education and youth sail training programs, years of valuable experience gained from the Institute’s first vessel, Swift of Ipswich, and discussions with sail training experts throughout the world.”
You can learn more about LAMI and their goals through this short feature from the Port Of Los Angeles, which overviews their mission, shows off their workshop, and delves a little deeper into what the Los Angeles Maritime Institute is all about.
Steadfastly dedicated to their mission, LAMI has received numerous accolades, including a Great Nonprofit’s Top Rated award, and a GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant approval. You can read the stories of those who have been touched by the program, and learn more about how LAMI has been enriching the community on both sites. The praise is near-universal, with individuals noting how the organization helps to empower and teach those of all ages to succeed.
About The Sweetheart Sail
The Sweetheart Sail is just that -- a jaunt into the water with the person you love. Imagine, they ask you, a “magical evening aboard LA’s official Tall Ships as you sail the Los Angeles harbor with your special someone.” Sounds enchanting, which is while you’ll need to make sure you snag your tickets to reserve a spot on board.
Those tickets, by the way, can be obtained from Eventbrite or through the LAMI TopSail website. They’re inexpensive, and will net you a spot at one of the two sailing dates: February 10th or February 11th. The voyages run from 4:00PM to 6:00PM both days, but boarding will begin 30 minutes before departure time, so make sure you get their early so you can get on board. In addition to that, LAMI has provided some additional tips to help you find your way and have as great an evening as possible:
The tall ships are docked at Berth 78 in Ports O’ Call Village, next to the San Pedro Fish Market. Be sure to allow plenty of time to find parking – weekends are busy! (Detailed directions here.)
Take the walkway that runs along Candy Town at Ports O’ Call Village. Wait outside our dock gate.
You may bring your own food and beverages on board (wine permitted), but pack light and be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Layered clothing recommended as it can get windy on the water.
Wear closed-toe, soft-soled shoes.
It’s a non-smoking vessel.
Tickets are non-refundable and in the event you are unable to sail, your ticket will be considered a tax-deductible donation to the TopSail Youth Program.
As for the dinner itself, you may have noticed that you’re allowed to bring some wine aboard, as there won’t be any provided by the ship itself. What they will offer, however, is a sumptuous meal for you to enjoy. In addition to a delectable NY Steak (or vegetarian option if you prefer) The menu will consist of the following:
Braised short ribs
Idaho baked potato
Side of broccoli
Gourmet vegetarian chili
Idaho baked potato
Side of broccoli
Prosecco sparkling wine toast
Special Valentine Dessert
You’ll also be treated with a commemorative gift to remember your voyage. If you’d like to know more, be sure to check out the promotional flyer and the event’s Facebook page, where you can pose questions and become better informed directly from the event organizers. Remember, all proceeds from this event will be going right to the TopSail Youth Program, so you’ll be enjoying a fancy dinner and helping out the kids all in one fell swoop.
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