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OLLI Class about the Golden Rule and Nuclear Issues

The VFP Golden Rule Project is offering a 6-week class through Humboldt State University’s Osher Lifetime Learning Institute:
Wednesdays April 5 to May 10, 6 – 8:30 pm.  Call 707-826-5880 or visit to register for Course # 27525.  If you live near Eureka, please sign up and take the class!  See the flyer for more information.

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.

Repairs, Maintenance, Upgrades

We are looking for volunteers to help with sanding, painting, varnishing, electrical issues with the inverter, installation of heating and ventilation, galley upgrades, rigging, engine maintenance and other critical tasks.  Please call Restoration Coordinator Chuck DeWitt, 707-445-4790 or email to help!

2017 Voyage and Educational Plans

We are busy preparing for our voyage to San Diego with about 20 educational stops along the way.  Those of you who missed us in 2015 will get a chance to see this historic vessel and learn about her voyages and current nuclear issues.

Here’s the Proposed Sailing Schedule for the 2017 voyage of the Golden Rule.

As we go into our winter maintenance, repair and upgrade season, please consider a generous donation!



Peace Pirate Camps

New Program! “Peace Pirate 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!

There will be one camp from June 21 – 28 in San Francisco Bay and two or three in
San Diego.  A 2-day version is being planned in Santa Barbara, August 4-5.

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



The Golden Rule to visit the Phoenix of Hiroshima!

The reunion will be 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.  If the Phoenix is still in the area of the Sacramento River in early July, we will have a wonderful reunion celebration.

If all goes well this spring, the Phoenix will be on the water instead of under it!



The Golden Rule only sails with help from our supporters and helpers!

We need funds and volunteers for repairs, maintenance and upgrades, including:

  • Main sail rigging repairs
  • New power charger/inverter
  • Electrical and galley improvements
  • Heating and ventilation
  • Propeller shaft seal repair

Please call Restoration Coordinator Chuck DeWitt, 707-445-4790 or email to help!



Event Volunteers Needed

The 2017 sailing season will be very exciting! We will sail from Humboldt Bay to San Diego.  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.



2016 Voyage News

The 2016 voyage was an amazing mix of educational events, wooden boat shows, support of the Indigenous Canoe Journey, and protests against various military activities in the Pacific Northwest.   We have just published our Golden Rule Newsletter with Crew Pictures so you can find out all about the 2016 voyage.



Cool video by Clint Weimeister:  Golden Rule arrives in Port Townsend

3 videos by Clint Weimeister  of the Golden Rule and 3 other boats sailing past the Indian Island Munitions Transfer area near Port Townsend – where big war ships load weapons to take to wars all over the world.



Special Edition Newsletter, great pictures of the 2015 season from Humboldt to San Diego and back.

If you want a beautiful copy of the newsletter sent to you, please email your name and address to

You can download the newsletters here:

Golden Rule Newsletter November 2015

And, here’s an update from April 2016:

Golden Rule Newsletteer 2016 04




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.

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