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ELISSA Day Sails – April 16

April 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

elissa day sail

Join us for a one of a kind outdoor adventure aboard the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA! 2022 sees the Official Tall Ship of Texas return to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico for her annual day sail series. As one of the oldest, and longest continuously sailed vessels in the world, the annual day sails keep her where she works best, with her sails down, sailing in the Gulf waters. 2022 dates are April 8 through 22.


GHF is able to offer a limited number of ELISSA day sail spots on board as a sail training student. As a sail training student, participants will experience what life was like as a 19th-century sailor. The program includes both hands-on and lecture learning, focusing on setting sails and maneuvering the 144-year-old ship through the Gulf of Mexico. Come with us on this journey through the past and experience your own piece of history. Reservations are $250 per person. Please read below for requirements and more information.

Sail Trainees must be:

Ages 10 and older. Children ages 10-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Ambulatory without aids and comfortable with outdoor exposure for up to 6 hours. Trainees with disabilities must advise prior to the sailing date.

What is included:

  • 6-hour sail aboard the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA
    A course of instruction on how to sail a square-rigged ship
    Water and soda

Please Note: Due to the historic nature of the ship, ELISSA is non-ADA accessible.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All trainees must sign a waiver of release in order to sail.
Smoking, vaping, and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on board ELISSA.
Should weather force cancellation of that day’s sail, we will try to honor your reservation on another day as space permits.
If the sail dates are canceled, GHF will hold your ticket and reschedule your RSVP on the next approved sail date.

DEPARTURE AND RETURN SCHEDULE: The time schedule for check-in and sail are very important! You should arrive at Galveston Historic Seaport, Pier 22, by 9:00 a.m. (8 a.m. for the 4/22 sail) to check-in and sign a release. We will board the ELISSA and leave the dock promptly at 10:00 a.m. (9 a.m. for the 4/22 sail), then proceed down the Galveston Channel. Soft drinks and bottled water will be available at all times. A light lunch will be provided. The ship will return to the TSM pier at approximately 4:00 p.m (3:00 pm for the 4/22 sail)

ATTIRE: Dress comfortably for the weather of the day, with clothing that can be added or taken off as needed. If there is the remotest possibility of rain, bring an appropriate rain jacket (no umbrellas please as many sailors consider them bad luck, and they can be dangerous even in moderate seas). Wear flat, rubber-soled, closed-toed shoes. Hats and sunscreen are always a good idea. So is a refillable water bottle. If you are concerned about motion sickness, check with your physician or pharmacist about medication, and test the effects prior to the day of sail. You must bring your own medication, as we cannot dispense it.

CELL PHONES AND PAGES: Since a ringing cell phone or beeper sounds very similar to some of our electronic alarms, please help us to avoid confusion by placing these devices in the “vibrate” mode.

PARKING: The closest parking is in the lot off Harborside Drive; enter at 21st Street. The cost is $20.00/day; lot behind Starbucks at 22nd and Harborside is $15.00/day and the parking garage at 21st and Market is $12.00/day. Please allow ample time for parking. ELISSA cannot wait for late attendees.


April 16
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Galveston Historic Seaport, Pier 22
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