The Golden Rule will be moored in San Diego for the winter. Please check back for event updates. 

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2017 Voyage and Educational Stops

High winds and rough seas delayed her departure from her home port in Humboldt Bay, but the Golden Rule successfully navigated Fort Bragg, Bodega Bay/Santa Rosa, Berkeley, San Francisco, Morro Bay, Monterey, Marina del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach and is now in San Diego.

The Golden Rule reunited with her sister sailboat the Phoenix of Hiroshima after 59 years!

Watch a video of the reunion, made by film maker Brian Cowden.


The reunion was the first we know of since 1958, when the Golden Rule crew handed the baton to the Phoenix crew in Honolulu to complete the historic attempt to stop atmospheric nuclear bomb testing.


The same year that the Golden Rule sank and was brought up from the bottom of Humboldt Bay, the Phoenix of Hiroshima sank only a short distance away!  The Phoenix has been located and efforts to raise and restore her are underway. After a touching and inspirational ceremony, the Golden Rule crew scattered rose petals over the Phoenix, currently at the bottom of the Sacramento Delta.


The Golden Rule was joined by Jessica Renshaw Reynolds, original crew member and daughter of Captain Reynolds, filmmakers Brian Cowden and Mikal Jacobal, Golden Rule Restoration Coordinator Chuck Dewitt, boatyard owners Leroy and Dalene Zerlang, reporter Jane Braxton Little (who got a piece published about the Golden Rule in the Sacramento Bee), a dive team, and other friends.


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Peace Action Camps


New Program! “Peace Action Camps!”   This is a chance for veterans, youth, women and others to join together to learn to sail, learn the principles of non-violent direct action, participate in an action planned during the camp, and learn about nuclear issues today.  It will be a lot of fun and you might be chosen for future crew!


Our first camp, from June 21 – 28 in San Francisco Bay was a huge success and bodes very well for future efforts. We had six participants (12 counting crew and shore support). Four were VFP members, three of whom came from Tucson. They were accompanied by two young adults who are both involved with the Tucson-based Nonviolence Legacy Project.


We are hoping to plan future camps in San Diego.


Contact Jim Summers,, for more information or fill out an application and return it to



Speaking Engagements

Speakers are available to talk with your group or the media about the Golden Rule and nuclear issues.  Please call Helen Jaccard, 206-992-6364 to make arrangements.


May 2017 Newsletter available to read / download: Golden Rule Newsletter Newsletter May 2017
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The Golden Rule only sails with help from our supporters and helpers!

Event Volunteers Needed

With many educational stops, we need a lot of help, all hands on deck and there are many roles to play!

Organizers, authors, public speakers, a web master, photographers, videographers will all be needed and appreciated.


If you live on the coast of California, we also need help to organize events and seed money for each stop.  To volunteer, please contact Helen Jaccard at 206-992-6364 or send an email to or make a donation.



Help the original nuclear protest boat and support her mission to abolish war as an instrument of national policy.


There are several ways that you can help us complete our missions. Cash donations are the simplest way to help with the 2017 season, sailing to San Diego. You can donate via PayPal by clicking the button above or donate by check to:


VFP Golden Rule Project
P.O. Box 87
Samoa, CA 95564





We aim to advance Veterans For Peace opposition to nuclear weapons and war, and to do so in a dramatic fashion.


We have recovered and restored the original peace ship, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, and which inspired the many peace makers and peace ships that followed.


The reborn Golden Rule is sailing once more, to show that nuclear abolition is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism.



Humboldt Bay VFP Chapter 56 recently donated over $3,000 to purchase a 6-person inflatable lifeboat for the Golden Rule.  Greater Seattle VFP Chapter 92 recently donated $500, and is planning to donate more in the future.  San Diego VFP Chapter 93 continues with its monthly sustained donations of $100.  The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, located next to the Bangor Trident Submarine Base on the Hood Canal near Poulsbo, 25 miles west of Seattle, has donated $1,000 for the Golden Rule’s visit to the Puget Sound.


“There is lots of excitement and many people are stepping up to help make the Golden Rule voyages successful,” said Helen Jaccard, Golden Rule Project Manager.



The Golden Rule crew spreads the word about the continuing dangers of nuclear power, and the poisoning of the air, water and soil from the entire nuclear cycle, from uranium mining to the disposal of nuclear waste.


“We gave a platform to local activists who are concerned about threats to the environment from proposed coal and natural liquid gas ports throughout the Northwest,” said Helen Jaccard. “Veterans For Peace is also very concerned about the militarization of Washington state, where the Navy is conducting widespread electronic war games on the Olympic Peninsula and even invading Seattle city parks.”


The VFP Golden Rule Project is accepting applications for captains and crew.  The Crew Selection Committee will begin meeting in April.  If you are interested in joining the crew to San Diego or on the Gulf Coast, whether for a week or a month, please let us know.  Experience is preferred, but intrepid novices may also apply at Download Email Form or fill out the online form.

  • On Oct 4 he Golden Rule had some special visitors on board, young children whose veteran father asked for an alternative to their school’s field trip to visit the Midway aircraft carrier on San Diego’s waterfront. This was a welcome warm-up for our Peace Flotilla......

  • Thank you, Nevada Desert Experience and Wendy for this wonderful letter of support and your donation for the Golden Rule! “Dear Friends, Nevada Desert Experience wishes to express support and solidarity with the mission of the historic sailing vessel Golden Rule as she completes her......

  • Here are the adjusted dates for the remainder of our 2017 voyage. If further changes are made, we will be sure to post them. 8/19-8/22 Monterey 8/23-8/25 Morro Bay / San Luis Obispo 8/25-8/28 Santa Barbara 8/29-8/31 Ventura 9/01-9/02 Marina del Rey 9/03-9/04 San Pedro......

  • Seventy two years ago this week, the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced the horror of nuclear bombs dropped on their churches, on their schools, on their cafes, on their streets, on their homes and their families. Today the last survivors of those bombs, known......