Media & Press Coverage

An interview with Chris Wallace, Port Captain, and Jeff Carson on "Hooked on Wooden Boats"

Press Release: Sunset "Winemaker Dinner Sails" in the Bay on the Schooner Zodiac

PRESS RELEASE: Schooner Zodiac Home Port Renaming Ceremony & Schooner Rendezvous, April 16, 2011

Sailing Fast, Sailing Past
A great cover story, and great pictures,
in Adventures NW Magazine

Beer Northwest Fall 2010

Beer Northwest Magazine
Fall 2010

Great article on our Brewery Cruises in the Fall 2010 issue of Beer NW

Brew Your Own magazine

BREW Magazine
did a great article about brewing Zodiac's own Schooner Rat IPA aboard ship on uour Brewery Cruise.

Schooner Brew
Feb 2010

Washington Tasting Room

A great article on our Winery Cruises,
in the Spring 2011 edition of
Washington Tasting Room. (PDF)


Blue Water Sailing Magazine

Blue Water Sailing

The schooners of the Pacific Northwest Windjammer Fleet were featured in the July issue of this British magazine.

National Geographic Traveler Top 10 Canadian Cruises

Seattle Times Schooner Zodiac

A Landlubber Goes Sailing

Seattle Times reporter Sonia Krishnan joined us for our July Women Only Sailing Adventure - and discovered she liked it!
Read about her experiences in the Seattle Times

Old Fairhaven Association
Fairhaven Historic District, Bellingham, WA

Feb.18, 2011

Bellingham Bay Rendezvous and
Schooner Zodiac Home Port Renaming Celebration
Sat., Apr. 16, 2011

Historic wooden schooners from acrossPuget Sound will converge on Fairhaven,Saturday, Apr. 16, for the inaugural Bellingham Bay Rendezvous, a gathering ofcharter sailing and cruise vessels, to celebrate the Schooner Zodiac's formal transfer of home port designation to Bellingham.

Public festivities at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal will include charter vessel tours, day sails, antique marine engine demonstrations, kids activities, sea chanties, and food booths, as well as tours of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion.
The Schooner Zodiac will also unveil her new main mast. Students and chaperones from Edmonds who were on board the Zodiac when the mast splintered on Sept. 25, 2010, will return to host public tours on the vessel from 9 a.m. to noon.
"They are a great group of kids and it is our pleasure to have them back as honorary crew members for the day", said Zodiac First Mate, Chris Wallace. "This will be a great opportunity to showcase the new mast everyone has been hearing so much about, and thank Bellingham for its support."

The Coast Guard will offer public tours of the Cutter Sea Lion from 9 a.m. to noon. Maps to the dock will be available at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The Sea Lion is an 87-foot Patrol boat,one of seven in the Puget Sound Area. Its primary missions are Search and Rescue (SAR), and Ports and Waterways Coastal Security (PWCS).

"SEA LION is anticipating the opportunity to showcase the Cutter to the community that it supports", said the Executive Petty Officer, Boatswain's Mate First Class Joel Laufenberg.

Public tours of the Motor Vessel David B at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal will include demonstrations of its antique 1929 Washington Estep 3-cylinder engine. The David B also features an antique-style wood burning cookstove in its galley, which is actively utilized during its summer cruises. (�
"Small ship cruising is a significant activity on Bellingham Bay and throughout the Puget Sound," explains event co-creator John Servais. "Many of us often see the sails from land, but might not know how accessible local water adventures are. This event is a free opportunity to actually get on board our local charter boats and learn more about them. We are thrilled the Zodiac has permanently relocated here."

An official unveiling ceremony for the Zodiac's home port designation change will take place from noon to 1 p.m. A Parade of Sails will follow in Bellingham Bay from 1 to 4 p.m.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 160-foot schooner Zodiac is a classic wooden yacht with the largest working mainsail on the west coast. She was built in 1924 for the heirs of Johnson & Johnson and sold during the depression to the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association, where she worked for 40 years. In the 1970s, the Vessel Zodiac Corporation was formed to operate, maintain and restore the Zodiac to her former glory. Although the keel is original, everything above the waterline has been rebuilt. Her impressive main mast reaches 12 stories high.

On Sept. 25, 2010 the Zodiac's mainmast unexpectedly snapped while sailing off Lummi Island. On board were 17 students from the Edmonds Home School Resource Center on a team-building sail, along with their chaperones and Zodiac crew. No one was seriously injured. Over the winter a second-growth Douglas Fir in Oregon was located to serve as a new mast. It was transported to the Spar Shop at Grays Harbor to be turned on the largest lathe in the U.S. The new mast measures 117 feet high and has an 18 inch diameter. The Zodiac will undergo sea trials with the Coast Guard in March, before embarking on her summer cruising schedule. �(

Coordination of the Bellingham Bay Rendezvous is a partnership between numerous organizations, including the Old Fairhaven Association, Port of Bellingham, Whidbey Island Bank and SeaView North Shipyard. For more information visit �

Event chairperson - David Hannah, Whidbey Island Bank Branch Manager,, 360-527-4960
Media Relations - Annette Bagley, Old Fairhaven Association, �, 360-303-2682
Schooner Zodiac - Chris Wallace, First Mate,, 206-719-7622

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