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Flag USA
Rig Brigantine
Homeport Los Angeles, California
Sparred Length 110' 8
LOA 90'
LOD 81' 7
LWL 72' 6
Draft 11'
Beam 21' 9
Rig Height 87' 8
Sail Area 4,540
Tons 99 GRT
Hull wood
In April of 2002, the Los Angeles Maritime Institute launched the twin brigantines Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson. Named in honor of the Johnson’s and their lifelong commitments to character-building sail training, the brigantines were constructed on the waterfront in San Pedro, California. Designed for LAMI's TopSail Youth Program, the brigantines were especially to meet the needs of middle school youth. The TopSail Youth Program uses sail training to provide youth with real-life challenges that develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to live healthy, productive lives. TopSail enriches, validates and challenges conventional school curricula by bringing biology, history, mathematics, physics, geology, literature and the environment to life in the real world classroom of the sea. Irving McClure Johnson began training for a sailor’s life as a teenager. In 1929 he sailed around Cape Horn on the four-masted barque Peking. Captain Johnson met Electa “Exy” on his next voyage aboard the Wander Bird. The Johnsons sailed around the world seven times in two different Yankees, then cruised European and African waters in their third Yankee, a ketch. In 2006, LAMI hosted a reunion of world-voyagers and Girl Scout Mariners, sailing the twin brigantines with a new generation of youth crew carrying on the Johnson’s tradition through TopSail.
Who Sails Elementary School,
Middle School
Program Type For Volunteer Crew and Trainees: Overnight Passages,
For Volunteer Crew and Trainees: Day Sails
Education Informal Inhouse Programming,
Marine Science
Affiliated Schools  
Affiliated Groups  
Cruising Waters: Summer Southern California and offshore islands
Cruising Waters: Winter
Season year-round
Built 2002
Coast Guard Certification Sailing School Vessel (Subchapter R),
Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)
Crew 0
Trainees & Passengers 0 day passages, 0 overnight
Contact Person Captain Martyn Clark, Executive Director
Organization Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI)
Address Berth 73, Suite 2
San Pedro, CA 90731 US
Telephone 1 (310) 833-6055
Fax (310) 548-2055
e-mail info@lamitopsail.org
Website www.LAMITopsail.org
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