For a moment, 6-year-old Owen Helmkamp became a captain.
After boarding his first boat, the Journey, he rang the big brass bell and stood on tiptoes to take the wheel.
He was one of the many visitors who stopped by Friday to explore the four majestic ships docked at the Battery Park Marina.
The ships at the festival will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Sunday.
Tickets to board are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12.
More information about the festival and sailing reservations is available at 800-255-3743.