East Falls Local toured Gazela during the Tall Ship Festival at Penn’s Landing during Memorial Day Weekend, and interviewed Trinette Giberson, one of our volunteer crew! Click here to read the full article.
Join us for a fireworks reception aboard Gazela on Saturday, May 26! All tickets include Sail Philadelphia Festival Admission. All proceeds go to the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. Tickets are available in three levels:
Admiral: Ticketholders are welcomed aboard Gazela at 7pm for a champagne reception followed by fireworks. Admiral Ticketholders enjoy reserved seats on deck and VIP below-deck tours conducted by the crew of Gazela. (Those interested in exploring below decks are asked to wear flat comfortable shoes and be prepared to go up and down ladders.) Your Admiral Ticket also includes a Sail Philadelphia Early Access Pass, granting you an 11am early entry to tour the tall ships at Penn’s Landing.
Captain: Gazela‘s gangways open to Captain Ticketholders at 8pm. Gazela‘s crew will be providing below-decks tours. (Those interested are asked to wear flat comfortable shoes and be prepared to go up and down ladders.) Seating will be provided as available, and your Captain Ticket also includes two (2) Sail Philadelphia Ship Tour tickets. Your ticket also grants access to the festivities on Sunday, May 27, beginning at noon.
Ensign: Ticketholders are invited aboard Gazela at 8pm to view the fireworks. Your Ensign Ticket also includes a day pass to the festivities at Penn’s Landing for Sunday, May 27.
Click here to purchase your tickets. We look forward to welcoming you aboard for this one-of-a-kind experience!
In May 2018, the Penn’s Landing waterfront will be abuzz with Sail Philadelphia Tall Ships festivities. As Philadelphia’s resident tall ship, Gazela is slated to lead visiting tall ships in a parade-of-sail into her home port on the Delaware River. But January’s lengthy frigid weather spell struck hard in the engine room. After one of the coldest cold spells the Northeast has seen in a very long time, some crew members entered her engine room. To their horror, they found extensive systems damaged from the cold. Assessment and repairs are continuing and damage estimates exceed $15,000. Our beloved sailing ship floats dead in the water until all repairs are made.
Can Gazela Lead the Parade?
Without her engine room systems up and running, Philadelphia’s tall ship will not be able to proudly lead her own city’s parade.
We Need You! Click Here to Donate!
We are asking for your donation and support to help get Gazela ready for this very important event. Anything you can donate would be greatly appreciated. Funds will go directly to the repairs needed to get her ready.
Please join us for the Guild’s annual dinner on Saturday, March 10th at the Pennsylvania Yacht Club, 2189 State Road, Bensalem, PA. We will enjoy a cocktail hour with appetizers, followed by dinner, dessert, and time to socialize with your crewmates away from the ships! Purchase your tickets here.
Please note, this year there are two price options:
$35 – Includes appetizers, dinner, coffee, and tea
$50 – Includes appetizers, dinner, coffee, tea, soda, and alcoholic beverages (must be 21)
photo credit: Pennsylvania Yacht Club
On November 18 & 19, Team Rubicon from the Philadelphia region united to help the volunteers of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild prepare Gazela for the winter by assembling a greenhouse structure over the deck of the ship. This structure protects the vessel from snow and ice, while providing a shelter for the volunteers to continue to work aboard during the winter months. In just two days, the entire framework was assembled.
Team Rubicon’s primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters. At Team Rubicon, “disasters are our business but veterans are our passion”. Team Rubicon strives to find ways to continually engage volunteers outside of active disasters. It enables more people to be able to volunteer and serve with the team, and it benefits communities close to home. Team Rubicon chose Gazela as a unique project that many of the military veterans who served in the navy, coast guard, and merchant marines can connect with. According to Jenna Brandolini from Team Rubico, “winterization of the ship is a bit like disaster prevention; it helps to preserve a piece of Philadelphia’s history.”
Team Rubicon, a veteran’s organization whose primary mission is providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, will be joining the volunteer crew of Gazela on November 18 & 19 to build the winter cover. This critical project will allow the crew to get a jump on the many maintenance projects scheduled for this winter. The Guild is grateful for their offer to help, and we thank them for their service to our country.
Gazela was the star attraction at the 41st annual Historic Bristol Day! On Friday, October 21, Gazela set sail from Philadelphia with a crew of about 20 volunteers, arriving at Bristol’s new wharf by early afternoon. That evening the crew and members of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild Board welcomed the organizers of the event, Bristol Cultural & Historical Foundation, on board for a dinner reception, sponsored by the King George II Tavern.