a sailboat in the ocean under a night sky with stars
The Schooner America 2.0 heads out into Key West harbor under a blanket of stars for four upcoming Stargazing Sails April 26 and 27 and May 4 and 5. CONTRIBUTED

If you haven’t seen the night sky from the deck of a stately wooden schooner, then you haven’t experienced all that the night has to offer while drenching the waters around Key West in moonlight and dappling the inky blackness with stars.

Every few months, when the stars align, so to speak, and the skies are clear, the stately and speedy Schooner America 2.0 slips into the night for Stargazer Sails featuring an academic discussion and guided tour of the constellations and any visible planets by Key West astronomer Kevin Gallagher, who is also a NASA solar system ambassador. 

Upcoming Stargazer Sails are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 and Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5. All Stargazer Sails take place from 9:15 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $76 plus tax.

Gallagher uses a high-powered laser light beam that shines brilliantly against the dark sky and is able to pinpoint a specific star, cluster or constellation so everyone on board can be assured they’re all looking at the same celestial body. 

Gallagher answers questions and provides an in-depth look at the stars, the history of the constellations’ names and the science behind some cosmic activity, all while the giant sails fill with a light breeze and friendly stewards serve snacks and drinks.

The schooner offers beer, wine and a full bar, as well as snacks available for purchase. 

“There hadn’t been a guided stargazing sail offered in Key West since the Schooner Western Union was still sailing,” said Heather Slivko-Bathurst, general manager of Classic Harbor Line, which operates Schooner America 2.0. “We’ve had many people ask for it over the years, and are so excited to collaborate with Kevin Gallagher to be able to bring it back. It’s an incredible opportunity for locals and visitors to connect with the universe while enjoying the beauty of Key West’s waters at night.”

With its spacious decks and unobstructed views, Schooner America 2.0 offers the ideal setting to witness the splendor of the night sky.

Space for the sail is limited, and reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased through the Schooner America 2.0 website or by contacting their reservation team directly.For more information and to reserve your spot, call 305-293-7245, visit or email the reservation team at

Mandy Miles
Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.