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Festival of Sail

It’s a rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. The Mill Casino will be the only Oregon port that will host the historic ships. Festival of Sail 2017 promises to be the largest event in the region’s history featuring ship tours, day sails, educational programming, food and beverage, entertainment, and the world’s largest duck with fun for the entire family!

Festival Overview & Purchase Tickets

Parking for this event will be limited. There will be a limited number of parking spaces reserved for Premier, Elite and Elite Black Mill Club Members. You must bring your players club card for entry.  

Complimentary parking and shuttle service will be available from Pony Village Mall.  Shuttles will depart every 20 minutes during festival hours.   Click here to purchase onsite parking for the general public. Update 6/1/17 – Paid parking area fees are $5 and are paid to the event sponsor, Coos Bay Boat Building Center.


Packages start at $175 per night + tax.
2 night minimum.

If booking online, please select FESTIVAL OF SAIL from the Rate Plan drop down box above or call  541.756.8800 ext 3 for assistance with your reservation. A 2-night minimum is required.  Complimentary parking is available for hotel guests.

Don’t miss your chance to see these historic ships!

Many people aboard historic sailboat

Schooner Freda B

Originally commissioned as the Spirit of St. Augustine, she was designed by legendary East Coast naval architect, Charles Wittholtz. She was built in steel by Treworgy Yachts of Florida and launched in 1991. Her traditional gaff rigged design was intended for comfortable offshore passage-making between New England and Key West with well-appointed accommodations.

Renowned for their grace and elegance, the gaff schooner has inspired artists, poets and sailors for almost two centuries. Called Liberty during many of her eighteen years of service, scores of guests enjoyed her before she was purchased by Marina O’Neill and Paul Dines of SF Bay Adventures and brought to the Pacific Ocean.

Many people aboard historic sailboat

Hawaiian Chieftan

Built of steel in Hawaii in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands, naval architect Raymond H. Richards’ design for Hawaiian Chieftain was influenced by the early colonial passenger and coastal packets that traded among Atlantic coastal cities and towns. Hawaiian Cheiftain was constructed by Drake Thomas, owner of Lahaina Welding Co., Ltd. on the island of Maui.

Full list of ships