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The Schooner Freedom offers St. Augustine visitors the unique opportunity to sail the waters of this historic city aboard a Class B tall ship. An authentic replica of a 19th-century blockade runner, Freedom is a double-masted, gaff-rigged, topsail schooner that was built by naval architect Merritt Walters in 1982 in Norfolk, Virginia. The Freedom was the first sailing tour boat that was certified by the Coast Guard to carry passengers for hire.
Freedom was custom-built for use along the Intracoastal Waterway, with a focus on water depth and bridge height to make her perfect for both inland and offshore sailing. Classified as a Class B tall ship with a sparred length of 76 feet, a deck length of 64 feet, and a capacity of 41 passengers, the Schooner Freedom is regularly inspected under the Coast Guard sub-chapter "T" for safety and always sails with one master and two crew members.
Freedom's owners, Captain John and Admiral Sarah Zaruba, have been sailing for most of their lives along the eastern U.S. coastal waters from South Carolina to Key West. Jon Cook captains the schooner's excursions along with his crew, most of whom are northeast Florida natives.
The Schooner Freedom always encourages tour participants who are interested in learning more about sailing to help the crew with hoisting the sails and other shipboard activities. A variety of wildlife can be seen on almost every sail -- everything from gulls, pelicans, and even bald eagles to sea turtles and rays and, of course, to dolphins surfacing nearby. Guests are advised to bring along a jacket or sweatshirt, comfortable shoes, a camera and/or binoculars, sunscreen, and some snacks.
The Schooner Freedom offers three sails each day during the peak of sailing season (from mid-March through the end of summer), and a moonlight sail on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week. Reservations are required for ALL sails on the Schooner Freedom, which can be made by calling (904) 810-1010. A $5 discount is offered on all sails if paid for in cash.
Family Day Sail: Geared towards introducing youngsters to the world of tall ship sailing, this one-and-a-half-hour sail departs at 12:15 p.m. daily from March 14 through August 14, 2016. $30 for adults and $15 for kids (16 and under) includes complimentary soda and water.
Day Sail: This two-hours sail departs at 2:15 p.m. daily from March 14 through October 31, 2016. $40 for adults and $30 for kids (16 and under) includes complimentary soda, water, beer and wine.
Sunset Sail: Guests can enjoy some spectacular sunset views on this two-hour sunset sail, which departs daily from March 1 through October 31, 2016. Departure times vary throughout the year: 5:15 p.m. March 1 – 12; 5:45 p.m. March 13 – 31; 8:15 p.m. April 1 – May 31; 6:45 p.m. June 1 – July 31; 6:15 p.m. Aug. 1 – Sept. 5; 5:45 p.m. September 6 – October 2; 5:15 Oct. 3 – Nov. 5; 4:15 p.m. Nov. 6 – Dec. 31, 2016. The sunset sail rate of $50 per person includes complimentary soda, water, beer and wine.
Moonlight Sail: This one-hour sail departs on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from April 1 through August 14, 2016. Departure times vary throughout the year: 6:45 p.m. April 1 – May 31; 9:15 p.m. June 1 – July 31; 8:45 p.m. August 1 – August 14, 2016. $40 per person includes complimentary soda, water, beer and wine.
Fins and Freedom Sail: In partnership with Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the Schooner Freedom offers this special two-hour sail each month from March through August, 2016. Sail with educators from the world's first oceanarium and learn all about dolphins in their natural habitat, as well as the important conservation work going on at Marineland today. The rate of $60 for adults and $45 for kids (16 and under) includes complimentary soda, water, beer and wine on the sail. Also included in the ticket price is admission to Marineland at any point after the sail. This sail departs at 2:15 p.m. on March 18, May 20, June 17, July 15, and August 12, 2016. Departure time is 2:15 p.m. (A $5 discount for cash payments is available for all Schooner Freedom sails.)
Privateers and Pirates Set Sail: Guests can learn all about the rich history of pirates along Florida's coast when they sail with an educator from the St. Augustine Pirate Museum on this 1.5-hour sail which is offered on select Mondays from March through August: March 21, April 11, May 16, June 13, July 11, and August 8 in 2016. Departure time is 2:15 p.m. $60 for adults and $45 for kids (16 and under) includes complimentary soda, water, beer and wine. There's a $5 per person discount for cash payments.
Full Moon Sail: This sail offers outstanding views of St. Augustine's historic cityscape in the light of the full moon. The Full Moon Sails take place from 8:45 - 10:00 p.m. on the night of the full moon each month: March 23, April 22, May 21, June 20, July 19, August 18, September 16, October 16, November 14, and December 13, 2016. The rate is $40 per person.
Special events and private charters are also offered; please call for more information. Due to the unexpected weather changes that Florida can have, sails can be delayed or sometimes canceled, so guests are advised to book their trips accordingly.