Last year, the Port Townsend Marine Trade Association awarded the Girl’s Boat Project a $600.00 donation to help fund a woodworker/education position for the 2013-2014 school year. The Girl’s Boat Project is in its second year of training Port Townsend High School young women in the marine trades, both on and off the water. The program has recently moved to the Northwest Maritime Center from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding where it was run as the Felicity Ann High School Girl’s Boat Project. At NWMC these students are also trained aboard longboats and on the pilothouse simulator. The PTMTA is one of a (so far, small) handful of donors supporting these young women pursuing the marine trades within a credited high school program. For more information, or to lend support, please contact Kelley Watson at email@example.com. Check back later for updates about the Girl’s Boat Project and a special event in March to benefit the program!
Girls Boat Project
by Peter Marsh
written by Peter Marsh
Peter Marsh grew up in Greenwich, England, started dinghy sailing in 1963, and was on the dockside in Plymouth in 1964 before the second Singlehanded Trans-Atlantic Race start. He has been fascinated by nautical design and performance ever since! He emigrated to the US in In 1972 and in 1981 designed and built the small trailerable trimaran that he still sails. He continues to follow ocean racing in Europe, returning to France in 2012 to see the end of the Vendee Globe and again in 2013 to watch the start of the Mini Transat and Transat J.V. He lives in Astoria, Oregon, and also writes PR materials for boat builders and related businesses.