The Third Annual Marina del Rey Marina Fest will include a visit by the tall ship Bill of Rights and teen sailing sensation Abby Sunderland.
The community-based, waterfront family fun celebration of the boating lifestyle will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20.
Presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, the official watercraft insurance provider, the annual event is held in Marina del Rey’s G Basin and Pier 44 Slips, at the corner of Admiralty Way and Bali Way.
“This year’s Marina Fest will include everything from affordable family-oriented power boats, sailboats, brokerage motor yachts, to speed boats, fishing boats, family cruisers, and boating accessories at great values,” said Dave Geoffroy, executive director of the Southern California Marine Association, the show’s organizer.
As a special feature, the tall ship Bill of Rights, a replica of a 137-foot 19th century schooner, will be on display throughout the show, arranged by Del Rey Yacht Club. The ship was built in 1971 at South Bristol, ME by Harvey F. Gamage and was designed by McCurdy, Rhodes & Bates. Bill of Rights had the distinction of leading the Tall Ship Parade into New York Harbor for the U.S. bicentennial celebration in 1976.
Also on hand at Marina Fest will be Sunderland, who attempted to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world before her boat was damaged in the Indian Ocean. The teen will be signing autographs, books and DVDs and talking with attendees about her effort.
Marina Fest will also offer interactive, hands-on activities for all ages and skill levels, including a stand-up paddle boarding clinic presented by Action Watersports.
Admission to the event is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
Information, (714) 633-7581 or www.marinafest.com.