Oxnard Historic Sailing Ship Bill of Rights, Oxnard, CA

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Oxnard's New Coastal Sailing Trips on the Bill of Rights


Oxnard, CA-- A beautiful new sailing ship launches each weekend from Oxnard's Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura County, Calif., offering visitors a beautiful ride along the coast. Bill of Rights tall ship, a 129’ double mast gaff rig top sail schooner built in 1971, is operated by Island Packers Cruises, an authorized concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park. For visitors seeking coastal adventures, Bill of Rights offers  three-hour coastal cruises on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. For under $50 (subject to change), you can take one of the coolest rides available.


With dolphins, seals, sea lions and other marine life visible in the waters surrounding this historic ship, it's ideal for families trips, romance, or singles getaway experiences. The Bill of Rights is available for a Fourth of July Cruise Sail Cruise where you can watch the colorful display of fireworks starting at 9 p.m. from the grand ship.

The Bill of Rights is berthed near the Marine Emporium Landing in Channel Islands Harbor at 3600 S. Harbor Boulevard. A joint effort between Captain Stephen Taylor, boat owner and founder of the American Tall Ship Institute, Alex Brodie, Fleet Manager of Island Packers and Steve Buenger, owner of Marine Emporium Landing, helped bring the tall ship to Ventura County.

According to Cherryl Connally, co-owner of Island Packers Cruises, the ship is constructed of wood and was christened at the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine.  Bill of Rights led the tall ships parade through New York Harbor in 1976 when America celebrated its 200th birthday. The ship was converted from a traditional fishing schooner to a school ship after the bicentennial and has been educating youth ever since through the American Tall Ship Institute now based in Channel Islands Harbor. The Bill of Rights programs include marine biology, environmental studies and maritime history.

Cruising the California Channel Islands for education, recreation, and research since 1968, Island Packers Cruises has over 40 years of experience as a tour operator in the waters of the Channel Islands National Park. Island Packers provides transportation services for island hiking, camping, kayaking, whale watching, school field trips, sightseeing, and harbor cruises.

The Bill of Rights can accommodate up to 80 passengers, and individuals are encouraged to bring food & beverages for the day and layers of warm clothing. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Island Packers Cruises (805) 642-1393. islandpackers.com.