San Francisco Classic Boat Tradition: the Master Mariners Regatta

Photos shown here were taken alongside the annual Master Mariners Regatta, held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It's definitely a parade of working boats shuttling about crew from all walks of life--which is just one of the things which makes this event so special.

Crews included families and friends, charter guests, visitors from out of town. A couple of toddlers were spied onboard at least two of the vessels, and man's best friend went to sea this day as well.

 We buzzed ahead of the fleet to watch 1885 gal  Freda  (white hull) and schooner  Freda B  make their way cross-bay. It's not San Francisco without fog, and when the sun does poke out and cast light onto sails, well, it's a darn pretty sight.

We buzzed ahead of the fleet to watch 1885 gal Freda (white hull) and schooner Freda B make their way cross-bay. It's not San Francisco without fog, and when the sun does poke out and cast light onto sails, well, it's a darn pretty sight.

  1830 gal  Tiger,  built in Essex, Massachusetts, is a 60-foot pinky schooner. She was used for commercial fishing of mackerel and cod until roughly 1875. Finely restored, she now makes her home in San Francisco and frequently welcomes charter guests for day sails.

1830 gal Tiger, built in Essex, Massachusetts, is a 60-foot pinky schooner. She was used for commercial fishing of mackerel and cod until roughly 1875. Finely restored, she now makes her home in San Francisco and frequently welcomes charter guests for day sails.