October 15, 2023, was a bright and sunny day; a perfect day to commission Mystic Whaler for her Pacific Coast Educational Mission!
Friends and supporters of Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation joined CCOAF principal founders Roger and Sarah Chrisman, the CCOAF Board of Directors, Executive Director Captain Christine Healy, and the crew and staff of Mystic Whaler and CCOAF for a beautiful ceremony onboard Mystic Whaler. The celebration then moved into the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for a special toast and presentation. The wonderful entertainment for the celebration was provided by Ariana Horner Sutherland, soprano, and tenor Matthew Peterson, singers from the Chrisman Studio Artists program, accompanied on keyboard by Kostis Protopapas, general director of Opera Santa Barbara. Honored guests included Santa Barbara Mayor Randy Rowse, Councilmember Oscar Gutierrez, and Wendy Motta, who was representing US Congressman Salud Carbajal.
Mystic Whaler is truly the heart of all we do at CCOAF, and we were so proud and happy that she was honored with such a special day!