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For Immediate Release – July 26, 2015


Gerry Condon, 206-499-1220
Skip Oliver, 419-357-9136


The Golden Rule Arrives in Half Moon Bay
Sailing for a Nuclear Free World

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – The historic Golden Rule peace boat, restored by Veterans For Peace and many friends, arrived in Half Moon Bay Saturday evening on its maiden voyage from Eureka to San Diego.


The 30-foot ketch and its crew ignited an international movement to stop the atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in 1958, when they attempted to sail into a nuclear bomb test zone in the Marshall Islands.  The Golden Rule is now sailing again to promote a nuclear free world.


“Nuclear weapons are still with us and the threat of nuclear war is very real,” said the Golden Rule’s captain David Robson, a Veterans For Peace member from Baltimore, Maryland. “We are dismayed that the U.S. government plans to invest One Trillion Dollars into upgrading its nuclear arsenal, instead of reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons, as called for in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.”


First mate Jan Passion of Pleasant Hill, California, departs in Half Moon Bay on family business and will be replaced by Dr. A.J. “Skip” Oliver, a member of Veterans For Peace from Ohio.  Rounding out the four person crew are Michael Gonzales of Trinidad, California and Helen Jaccard of Seattle, Washington.


“The ongoing nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, Japan reminds us of the dangers of radiation poisoning posed by nuclear power plants,” said Golden Rule crew member Helen Jaccard.  “Nuclear power is the flip side of nuclear weapons, and we don’t need either of them,” said Jaccard.


The first voyage of the renewed Golden Rule sailboat began in Eureka on California’s north coast and will end in San Diego near the U.S./Mexico border. After an estimated 7-10 days, the Golden Rule will arrive in time for the national convention of Veterans For Peace, August 5-9.  That week is also the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed more than 200,000 people.  The convention theme is “Peace and Reconciliation in the Pacific.”


The Golden Rule will remain in Half Moon Bay until weather conditions improve, hopefully later on Monday.  The crew is resting up and planning the next phase of their adventure at sea.


“We were planning to make it to Santa Cruz, but we didn’t want to sail in after dark,” said Captain David Robson. “We appreciate that many friends and supporters of the Golden Rule are offering assistance, so we are really looking forward to visiting Santa Cruz in September.


The Golden Rule will return to Eureka in October, after visiting ports along the California coast as it works its way north from San Diego.  Over the next ten years, the Golden Rule will carry its message of peace around the United States and possibly around the world.
Follow the progress of the Golden Rule on its website,

For more information, call Gerry Condon at 206-499-1220 or Skip Oliver, 419-357-9136


FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS as we sail to San Diego!

We were expecting to leave Tuesday but ran into weather and engine problems, so we might be able to head out on Thursday.  Stay tuned!


The good news is that we were out in the ocean again today with the jib and mizzen sails up.  We did a man-overboard drill and set the anchor, so sea trials and crew training are going well.


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Golden Rule will be docking at the San Diego Harbor Police Dock on Shelter Island from August 2 – 16!

Sea trials have been going well, and the best part is that when problems are found the wonderful reconstruction team has been able to fix them quickly.

Golden Rule Sails Daily on Humboldt Bay
All Sails Up, Crew Readying for Voyage to San Diego

Final touches on rigging, waterproofing, and other reconstruction projects continue daily, as does sailing in Humboldt Bay.

Golden Rule with Both Sails
for Relay for Life Parade of Boats

Crowds cheered as Golden Rule paraded by the Eureka waterfront for the Parade of Boats as part of the Relay for Life event on the evening of July 11, 2015.

(photo courtesy A.J. “Skip” Oliver)



Help restore 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 restoration effort. 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 will voyage once more, to show that nuclear abolition is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism.




Join us at 4pm on June 20th at the Humboldt Bay Aquatics Center. Come aboard the Golden Rule and enjoy drinks, music, and guest speakers from around the state, nation, and world.


This is a child-friendly event during the day for all in Humboldt County, so please mark it down on your refrigerator door and remember to plan ahead and join us for this late afternoon and evening launch party! Like our Facebook Page for more updates.


The Golden Rule will be just a few steps from the Aquatic Center on their dock. Visit and step aboard the historic Golden Rule. A volunteer will be on the boat to show you around and answer any questions you or your children may have about the Golden Rule. Directions to the event are here.

Golden Rule
A close fit. Main mast just before the sanding began to round it up.