Being a Hutt crimelord isn’t the greatest hand to get dealt in life - sure, you get to put Princess Leia in a gold bikini and have a pet Rancor, but you’re also fat, disgusting and likely to be killed by a returning Jedi (just when you thought it was safe to go back in the desert). On the upside, you get the greatest personal transport ever: the Sail Barge, which was so cool we co-opted it for Course of the Force (register now!). While we await the invention of superior hover technology, this 25-foot long, 13-foot high desert cruiser will lead all the action of the Star Wars charity relay benefiting Make-A-Wish. Speaking of blueprints, you can check out the Barge’s blueprints in our Course of the Force gallery on Pinterest and see how the original Sail Barge looked behind the scenes in Return of the Jedi.
Jabba’s personal barge often spelled doom for most onlookers and dinner for the Sarlacc, but it’s okay to stare at ours, as it’ll serve as homebase for some considerably friendlier. Contestants in the relay will each be given their own custom lightsabers, so there’s no need to worry about making a precarious catch from an R2 unit. And while the Sarlacc takes years to digest bounty hunters, running will accelerate your own metabolism and possibly even get you healthier.
One thing we always did appreciate about the crew on Jabba’s barge was its diversity. From Squid Heads to Yak Faces, all were welcome in whatever outlandish garb they chose, united towards a common goal of having fun. Course of the Force enriches lives rather than endangering them as Jabba did, and it welcomes one and all in the best costumes you can make. Sign up for the Course of the Force and prepare for a trip lead by “Jabba’s Pleasure Barge.”
As we head down the California coast, many an onlooker will be puzzled about what is causing the back up on Pacific Coast Highway. Have no fear though, because once the SoCal commuters realize they’re in a procession with the mighty Jabba the Hutt, those snears will turn to smiles.