UPDATE: Golden Rule Resumes 2017 Voyage


Our fantastic team, Chuck DeWitt and Don Mathes, worked nonstop to construct a new rudder and get the Golden Rule back on her journey.


We are now on our way to Monterey to continue our 2017 voyage to Ban Nuclear Weapons.


The cost of manufacturing and installing the new rudder was approximately $3,000. With your help, we will continue to take the best care possible of this historic wooden vessel.

Please Help Us Keep Her Sailing


An updated sailing schedule is below.






Updated Golden Rule Schedule


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 Fleet Week

9/05-9/07 Long Beach

9/08 San Diego


“Follow the Golden Rule!”  Live at Golden Rule Voyage 2017 Voyage Map

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Visit our ‘Upcoming Events’ page for further details!


8/20-8/21, 11am-2pm Boat Tours

8/21, 6pm-9pm Potluck and Presentation


Morro Bay

8/24, 1pm-5pm Boat Tours

8/24, 6pm-9pm Potluck and Presentation


Ventura / Oxnard  

8/29, 2pm-4pm Boat Tours

8/29, 5pm-8pm Music, Potluck, and Presentation

8/30, 1pm-3pm Boat Tours


Marina del Rey 

9/02, 1pm-5pm No Nukes Picnic



2017 Voyage and Educational Stops

It is hard to believe that the Golden Rule’s 2017 voyage to “BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS!” is almost halfway over. 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, and San Francisco.


After an extremely successful Peace Action Camp in San Francisco, the Golden Rule reunited with her sister sailboat the Phoenix of Hiroshima for the first time in 59 years.

Here’s a good video of the reunion, made by film maker Brian Cowden.


The Phoenix peace boat carried on the Golden Rule’s protest voyage to the Marshall Islands to interfere with atmospheric nuclear bomb testing. They both sank in 2010 and while the Golden Rule was rescued and restored the Phoenix was not so lucky. After a touching and inspirational ceremony, the crew scattered rose petals from the Golden Rule 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.


Our Sacramento stop was jam-packed with events and saw some of our biggest events to date.  Many, many thanks to the August Peace Event committee, Sacramento WILPF, Sacramento Friends Meeting, Ben Franklin Foundation for Peace and Justice, the band the Freewheelers, and many other wonderful supporters!


Unfortunately the Golden Rule lost her rudder and is undergoing repairs. We are hoping to get her back on her journey as soon as possible. She will travel through Monterey, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Ventura/Oxnard, and Marina Del Rey, before finally making her way to her 2017 destination in San Diego. In each stop events are planned to educate and inspire. Visit the Golden Rule website or the Facebook page for more details about upcoming events.


The approval for the UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons is a great triumph for peace activists worldwide. However, the U.S. remains unwilling to part with their nuclear arsenal, and the Golden Rule is pursuing her mission in full force educating about the very real possibility of a nuclear war in today’s political environment.


Look for photos and testimonials on our Facebook page, VFP Golden Rule Project.


Follow the Golden Rule in real time at http://bit.ly/TrackGRP.




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, poozles@hotmail.com, for more information or fill out an application and return it to vfpgoldenruleproject@gmail.com.



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


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.



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

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 vfpgoldenruleproject@gmail.com 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 vfpgoldenruleproject@gmail.com

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.

  • 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......

  • We have made some changes in our sailing schedule due to water levels, weather, and safety. The updated sailing schedule is below: July 6th – 8th: Reunion with the Phoenix of Hiroshima July 9th – 13th: Sacramento July 14th – 16th: Rest/Travel Days July 17th......

  • After a rough start due to bad weather, the Golden Rule has finally departed Humboldt Bay. She will attempt to sail straight to Bodega Bay, but may make a stop in Fort Bragg to wait out further storms. You can track her journey at https://share.delorme.com/goldenrule....