Sail the California Coast aboard traditional luxury - Join Schooner Freda B for an all-inclusive offshore ecology adventure. Let our experienced captains, crew and Marine Biologist take you on an intimate exploration of the Golden State's Pacific Coast and its amazing wildlife.
We're pleased to have Russ Bradley, a local, legendary Marine Biologist on board for this leg of our voyage. Russ will uniquely complement this trip with his specialized knowledge of our sea's habits and beautiful creatures.
All Meals prepared at Sea
Experienced Captain, Crew and Hospitality team
Professional Marine Biologist to teach about ecology and wildlife encounters
Days and Days of ever-changing views
Sunrise, Sunset and naps daily
A check on your bucket list
11/22/16 Tuesday: Guest arrival 4-5pm. Dinner dockside with friends and family 5-7pm. Traveler orientation and dessert 7-8pm. 9pm bunk down dockside.
11/23/16 Wednesday: Depart SF Bay at daybreak. Sailing past Marin Headlands, Farallon Islands, Half Moon Bay, Point Montara, San Mateo coast, Monterey Bay, Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. Spend a night at sea.
11/24/16 Thursday: Thanksgiving at Sea! Observe the remoteness of the Central Coast (Ventano Wilderness), Big Sur, Morro Bay, Diablo Canyon, Vandenberg Air Force Base Space X, Point Conception. Coho Anchorage overnight.
11/25/16 Friday: Breakfast on anchor, spend the day sailing the Santa Barbara Channel; views of Los Padres National Forest and Channel Islands National Park Overnight on anchor at Santa Cruz Island.
11/26/16 Saturday: Day sail to LA, evening dinner dockside LA**
11/27/16 Sunday: Group Breakfast and recap of trip! Guests disembark Freda B by noon.
**We will be docking at the Cabrillo Way Marina in San Pedro, CA. This marina is conveniently located 30 minutes away from the Long Beach Airport and there are several options for accommodations nearby. Let us know if you have any questions about travel arrangements.
A bit about the Marine Biologist traveling with us.. here is Russ Bradley's Bio from Point Blue's website:
As the Program Manager for our Farallon Islands work at Point Blue, I direct all aspects of our ecological research and conservation efforts on the islands, working closely with our partners at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Our work involves long term studies of demography, population dynamics, and foraging ecology of marine predators (seabirds, marine mammals, white sharks), as well as studies of the islands’ terrestrial ecosystem (landbirds, insects, salamanders, plants etc.). We work with partners to link our research to conservation and restoration efforts in island and marine environments, on the Farallones and beyond.
I grew up on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada where I got thrown in the chilly ocean as a small child and never got out. I attended Simon Fraser University just outside Vancouver for my B.Sc. in Biology, and M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology. My masters thesis research focused on the breeding ecology of radio marked Marbled Murrelets in southwestern British Columbia. I’ve conducted seabird ecology field work in Nova Scotia, Alaska, and the northwest Hawaiian Islands. I started with the Farallon program as a volunteer intern in 1998, and came back to the project as a seabird biologist in 2002. I’ve spent over 1450 nights on the Farallon Islands.
I have published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers in journals such as Ecological Applications, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Wildlife Management, and Conservation Biology. I have been involved with several projects looking at how we can use our long term Farallon datasets to help guide management and restoration efforts.
I am based at our Petaluma headquarters, and while I no longer spend all my springs and summers on the Farallones, I am there for several weeks throughout the year.
*Guests must purchase their own travel home from Los Angeles