Best Sailing Tallship Schooner Captain Crew St. Augustine

Travel Tips: Go sailing

Raising the Sails Schooner FreedomRaising the Sails Schooner Freedom

As I watched the boats from the Bayfront Marin House, I saw the schooner. I love sailing. There was a postcard advertisement in the breakfast area. I wanted to experience the sailing vessel especially since it had been a long time since I had been sailing. The arrangements were made. The next night I was on the Schooner.

Sails Up Schooner FreedomSails Raised Schooner Freedom

I have sailed most of my life. Spent a week on a schooner. Met many Captains and crew. Captain John was special, the crew too. He calmly sailed while directing the crew and holding conversations with all the guests. They each easily maneuver around the boat raising sails, trimming sails, hoisting more sails while serving drinks and conversing with each of the passengers. It was a tight run ship without any drama. The wind was perfect and the sunset was incredible.

Sunset aboard Schooner FreedomSunset aboard Schooner Freedom

The schooner is 72 feet long. Launched in 2001 after a complete make over to be ready for charter sailing with passengers. The Tallship is really very elegant. All the ropes are neatly stacked when not in use or while the sails are raised. The perfection of knots, lines, sheets, give remarkable testament to true sailors. Amazing how all of this is done while entertaining, engaging, and hosting so many different passengers. It is a lovely sight to see.

Lines all hung perfectly Schooner FreedomLines all hung perfectly Schooner Freedom


Easy to relax and not want to take over with such competent hands on deck. Never once did I feel the need internally to correct or change a thing. The ship was in excellent hands capable of working synchronization while raising, trimming, lowering sails.

Bridge opened to let the Tallship Schooner Freedom PassBridge opened to let the Tall ship Schooner Freedom Pass

What a pleasurable evening!

Bridge opened to let the Tallship Schooner Freedom PassLovely end to a wonderful day – returning aboard Schooner Freedom to Marina

I loved it so much I paid my own way to go out again. I will be back more. Loved this sailing vessel, captain and crew.

Captain John Schooner Freedom

Crew Jimmy and Kim Schooner Freedom

Crew Jimmy and Kim Schooner Freedom and Captain John Schooner Freedom

Thank you Schooner Freedom for provided sail passage arranged by Kathy Catron, Director of Communications, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau but as always, I will share my honest opinion about my travel experiences.



Eileen Lud­wig, Writer, Photographer, and Videographer brings to the world insights about Theme parks.  She is owner of four other sites: Free­lance Tourist, Pho­tog­ra­phy, Web Design School, and Social Media School  Each are in dif­fer­ent stages of devel­op­ment and evolution. This post may contain affiliate links with hopes of supporting my operating cost and traveling habit.


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