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Annual Wooden Boat Festival
Friday, September 08, 2017

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The 40th Annual Wooden Boat Festival will take place September 9, 10 and 11, 2016.  Join us!

Pirate ships, paddleboard test drives, a fleet of wooden boats, dancing, and music—in its 40th year the annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival is a weekend of fun for all ages.  

North America’s largest wooden boat festival, the Wooden Boat Festival runs from September 9–11, from 9 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Organized and presented by the Northwest Martime Center, the Festival features live music, kids’ activities, spectacular vessels, and captivating speakers throughout the entire weekend. The weekend concludes with the awe-inspiring “Sail-By” at 3 p.m. on Sunday where hundreds of wooden vessels of all sizes and shapes pour out of the harbor and sail along the waterfront in full sail celebration. “If you are into wooden boats or just looking for a great party, Port Townsend is the place to be the second weekend of September,” said Northwest Maritime Center Executive Director Jake Beattie.

The 40th annual Festival features more than 250 wooden vessels, dozens of indoor and outdoor presentations, and demonstrations ranging from kayak rollovers to outfitting your boat for a solo circumnavigation. Rockstars of the sailing and boating world come from all over to share their talents and knowledge with thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts and amateurs alike.  

Highlights of the 2016 Festival include tall ships Lady Washington and Adventuress available for touring and charter; the beautiful and historic Virginia V, the last steamship of the famed Mosquito Fleet; a screening of “Vanishing Sail,” a heartwarming movie about boatbuilding on the tiny island of Carriocou; Gregg Hatten speaking about his epic adventure drift boating through our National Parks; and legends Lin Pardey and Nigel Calder presenting all weekend.

When you’re ready for a break from all the presentations, demonstrations, and strolling the harbor docks, the Balcony Wine Bar has a stunning view of the harbor and the Wee Nip Merchant Saloon out on Hudson Point is the best secret spot to watch the Festival’s sailing and rowing races. Additionally, from your shady seat in Bar Harbor you can enjoy three days of live music on the main stage, which is where the outdoor dances are held on Friday and Saturday nights.

Over 50 vendors will be on hand to share their wares and demonstrate the latest kits for building your own wooden boat, kayak, or paddleboard, along with new and old favorites demonstrating all sorts of wooden boat repair and maintenance tricks and techniques. Also be sure to stroll down Artist Way to take in the handmade crafts, clothing, and jewelry.

For the weekend’s full schedule of events, presentations, and activities during festival, please visit www.woodenboat.org.

All the Festival RV spots for the 2016 Festival are filled as of 10/6/15. To be added to the waiting list, please email Catherine – registrar@nwmaritime.org.


Location Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Contact Barb Trailer, 360-385-3628, ext. 106, barb@nwmaritime.org
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