The San Salvador near the Coronado Bridge. Photo by Chris Stone

The Maritime Museum of San Diego will train 100 people this summer to sail and maintain the 19th century Star of India and replica 16th century Spanish galleon San Salvador.

Sail and maintenance class members will learn skills such as knot tying, climbing the rigging, sail setting, sail theory, maintenance of the ships, and more.

“So many people dream of this opportunity,” said Dr. Raymond Ashley, president and CEO of the museum. “This class is designed as the first step to learn to become a tall ship sailor.”

The museum is inviting interested San Diegans to attend a public orientation at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, aboard the steam ferryboat Berkeley.

Classes for up to 300 people will be held every Sunday starting July 15 and continuing through Aug. 19. The museum will choose 100 from the classes for stage two of the training program, from Sept. 9 through Nov. 11.

Successful graduates will take their new skills to the water when the fleet puts to sea with the Star of India’s anniversary sail event on Nov. 17 and 18.

The classes are for those 18 years of age and older. They are free of charge but require Museum membership.

The museum on the embarcadero in downtown maintains a collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats and submarines, including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, the Star of India.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.