Friday, November 9, 2018

Star of India takes to the high seas for gala two-day celebration

With her sails unfurled, the world's oldest still functioning sailing vessel will soon take to San Diego Bay.



The beautifully maintained Star of India at sea.

FOR AS LONG as I've been a part-time San Diegan, the Star of India has been a beacon on the waterfront. She's a beautiful sight to behold, built in 1863 on the Isle of Man, and with many miles around the world under her majestic sails.
The mint-condition, full-rigged iron windjammer will make a sail in San Diego Bay and out around Point Loma. "Royal" is the operative word, for the Star of India is truly sailing-ship royalty.
She spent the first of a many-decades career transiting the sometimes rocky seas from Great Britain to India and New Zealand, hauling freight and whatever else was trading. Years later, she became a salmon hauler on the route from Alaska to California.
With her sails unfurled, Star of India is
a gorgeous sight to behold on San Diego Bay.
THE STAR of India was built in 1863 at Ramsey in the Isle of Man as Euterpe, a full-rigged iron windjammer ship. Sometime in the last century it was sold for a pittance to San Diego and languished in the harbor until 1957 when activists launched a movement to save her from further neglect.
For the past decades she has sailed sometimes as often as once a year, with a crew of 60 and no more than 150 passengers.
California recalls sailing's glory days
 Five years have elapsed since the last time Star of India sailed, so the opportunity to join her under sail this November makes for a unique experience
 Star of India is a lovely sight at night.
On two days, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, the Star of India sailing celebration takes place, including the rare opportunity to view the world's oldest active sailing vessel from aboard three other legendary sailing vessels. The trio of escort ships will join "Star" on the historic occasion as she sails through San Diego Bay and heads out off Point Loma. Guests may reserve tickets aboard the other vessels visitors find at the Maritime Museum for passage on:
Keller was delighted to help keep the Californian
sailing, since he has sailed for all his life and loves it!

• Californian, the official tall ship of the state.
• San Salvador, the 1542 Spanish galleon replica built in San Diego by staff and volunteers.
• America, a replica of the historic yacht which won the America’s Cup in 1851.
Tickets are $249 per person for all ages and includes a catered breakfast, lunch, drinks, and celebratory champagne. Each ship will carry an on-board historian to enhance guests’ understanding of Star of India, the history behind all vessels and the city's world famous Maritime Museum. Check-in is at 9 a.m. and ships will return to the Museum at 5 p.m.
The San Diego skyline is the backdrop for the Maritime Museum.
The museum sponsors many other activities and educational events throughout the year, including school tours and concerts.  The Hausmann String Quartet is on tap Nov. 11, the weekend before the Star of India companion sail.  The San Diego based quartet will play Haydn aboard the Berkeley, an
San Diego's Hausmann Quartet is on tap, too.
1898 steam ferryboat which operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay.  It -- like the Star of India and Berkeley -- is a national landmark, also part of the city's proud Maritime Museum fleet kept largely afloat by a devoted group of sailing enthusiasts and volunteers.
Space is limited and includes admission to the Maritime Museum.  Haydn, known as the father of the string quartet, is an ideal choice for a pleasing afternoon in San Diego harbor.
For more on the concert or Star of India sail, go to

Cookie, left, and one
Of  Rome's top guides, Lucilla Favino.
UP NEXT: Southern Europe beckons now that summer is over and it's off season. Come enjoy Rome and other wonders when the air is crisp, the streets are not crowded and the monuments are open and welcoming. Remember to explore, learn and live and catch us Fridays for a novel look on art, travel, music, theater, nature and family.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Children allowed: enhance your travel by including a lively bright child

Ready for Legoland: springing into fun are Penelope Margaret and James Brian Ganner, Cookie's great-niece and nephew.

Amarylla Ganner, left, with Cookie and
Amarylla's children Peny and James.



WHENEVER WE have a chance to spend a couple days with select, smart little people, we're never sorry.
At left, Bruce Keller, Rick Cosgriffe, Cookie and Elliana
Broscious take in the geysers in Yellowstone Park.
Traveling with a bright child enhances your world, opens new doors, gives balance and perspective.
Our mother took us out of school for concerts, plays and trips, so I'm carrying on that tradition with my family -- my siblings and their children.  Now their kids -- the next tier -- are part of the fun -- my great nieces and nephews.
So here are a few tips to encourage you to take a kid along.  I recommend it -- so if you don't have one, borrow one.
  •  When traveling with kids, get an early start. If you're flying, book tickets for as early in the day as possible. It's your best chance to avoid delays at takeoff and landing. If you're driving, get out on the road early, too.
    Thumbs up for chocolate chip pancakes before Legoland.
  • When dressing little people for the road -- plane, train or car -- do layers and skip laces. Avoid buttons and use pull-ups for the littles.  
  • * Minimize baggage and equipment. If your little people are still in the stroller or car-seat stage, consider renting or borrowing as light as possible. My San Francisco niece and I confer before they fly and I borrow car seats. Saves her lugging bulky stuff on the plane. 
At Tippet Rise near Fishtail, Montana, world-class musicians
teach youngsters instrument basics, here the cello.
    * On a plane, make sure kids are seated on the windows, not the aisles. They love to look out the window and have fewer distractions.
    * Beware of germs. I use disinfectant wipes and teach the kids, too.
  • Bring surprises. Healthy treats are fun. Puzzles and a colorful book.
  • * Keep your composure. It's your best chance to avoid delays whether driving or flying. Young attention spans are best served by being airborne or on the road early in the day. In cars, sing songs.

 Cookie and grandson Rowan Jones at the Musical
Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona a few
years ago.  Rowan became an accomplished drummer. 

      * We took my niece and her husband and their three kids to a snow lodge last winter near Truckee, Calif. It was so much fun.  
    * Multi-generation travel can advance brain development in children while stimulating adults. It's true. We had three generations on this family holiday and it was delightful -- fixing meals together, making snow angels, playing chess, building fires, taking in a historic home decorated for the holidays.
  • Did you know that on a family holiday you are exercising two genetically ingrained systems deep in the brain’s limbic area, which can all too easily be “unexercised” in the home. Since my parents believed in education outside the traditional classroom,  I've seen my own brain and my siblings' exercised by concerts and plays in New York City, trips to the ocean in Massachusetts and California, even lounging and reading poolside.
    Elliana zeroes in on scenery in Yellowstone Park.
  • The brain's "play" system is exercised every time you bury a child’s feet in the sand, tickle him on the pool lounger, or take them for a ride on your back, as my brother Rick has long done with his kids and now grandkids.
    Involve a child in your day-to-day
    activity on the road.  Here, Peny
    helps Keller with his meds.

  • The brain’s "seeking" system is exercised each time you go exploring together: the forest, the beach, a hidden gem of a village, a new park or museum.
  •  * Involve kids in your life -- let them help you choose a concert,  play, hotel, park, zoo, outing or camping spot. 

The Star of India will again be in full sail Nov. 16 and 17. 
UP NEXT: The world's oldest active sailing ship, The Star Of India, has sailed the world and had many roles before her retirement as the star of San Diego's Maritime Museum, where you'll also see a Russian submarine and many other vessels that make this southern California port city such a welcoming place for sailors and sailing.  The 1863 vessel will be sailing for two fund-raising days later this month, and you can book passage.  Meanwhile, remember to enjoy, learn and live.