About Us


Schooner Mystic Whaler:

The Heart of Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation

Mystic Whaler was built in 1967 in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and designed by V.B. Crockett. She is a representation of a late 19th-century cargo two-masted schooner. In 1995, she went through a significant overhaul. Mystic Whaler then operated on the East Coast for the next 26 years, conducting educational programs and charters throughout Long Island Sound, Connecticut, and the Chesapeake Bay. She started her three-month journey to California in October 2021 and was donated to CCOAF in January 2022. Mystic Whaler is Coast Guard-certified to carry a maximum of 50 passengers on day sails and 30 passengers for overnight voyages.

Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation (CCOAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to delivering uniquely immersive ocean-based educational experiences along California’s Central Coast and the Channel Islands. CCOA believes that to adventure is to discover and learn from the excitement of experiencing the unfamiliar.

CCOAF’s Mission is to utilize adventure through sailing and the sea to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) comprehension, environmental stewardship, teamwork, self-confidence, and nautical skills for the communities of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties with a special focus on youth. 

Roger and Sarah Chrisman founded CCOAF in 2021, acting on long-standing wisdom that the Santa Barbara Channel- and its ocean, islands, and coastline- are educational treasures from which everyone should benefit.

The organization’s flagship resource, the 110-ft schooner Mystic Whaler, is the perfect medium for exploring adventure-inspired learning through sailing and the sea. CCOAF’s hands-on, activity-based programs develop and strengthen STEM academic comprehension, social/emotional maturity, environmental stewardship, nautical skills, and historical lessons. CCOAF is committed to making engaging experiential education and the Santa Barbara Channel more accessible to the communities of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

CCOAF works with communities to provide programs that are relevant to their needs. While many of CCOAF’s programs are for 10-18-year-old youth, some programs are intergenerational and family-oriented, where parents and their children can grow and learn side by side and from one another.

Volunteers and volunteer opportunities are especially important to CCOAF, seen as essential in remaining not just a resource for the community but a part of it. CCOAF offers educational programs year-round, from half-day to multi-day voyages, adaptable to the needs of the group served, be it a school, community-based organization, or programs open to the public.

CCOAF provides financial assistance for access to programs based on needs through funding from private foundations, corporate and government grants, individual donations, and fundraising program revenue. CCOAF also offers Mystic Whaler for fundraising events, multi-day adult educational trips to the Islands, corporate team-building, and fundraising public day sails focused on local wildlife and ocean conservation.

For more information or to help support this new community treasure, please email CCOAF at info@sailccoa.org or follow CCOAF on Instagram and Facebook @CCOA.Mystic.

Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation is a proud member of
Tall Ships America!

Please consider donating today to provide CCOAF’s adventure-inspired learning to those who may otherwise not have access to these transformative opportunities.

Ship’s Specs:

• 110’ Sparred length
• 85’ On deck
• 97 Gross registered tons
• Representation of a late 19th-century cargo schooner
• Carries 3,000 square feet of sail

Her Trip to California:

Mystic Whaler began her journey to the West Coast in October 2021. She departed Mystic Seaport with a professional crew of 14 southbound for Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Mystic was then loaded onto a large cargo ship bound for Ensenada, Mexico. On December 26, Mystic was offloaded in Ensenada. Departing a few days later for Channel Islands Harbor, with the Pacific finally under her hull, she arrived at her new homeport at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, CA, on January 9, 2022.