The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) will be hosting a slew of events this summer. Join the Wooden Boat Club for an afternoon on the Virginia V starting on Saturday, June 23, and running again on July 28 and August 25. The narrated cruise on the National Historic Landmark vessel will cover the sights and history of Lake Union. Local author and naturalist David B. Williams will be narrating the trips. Cruises are an hour, tickets are $25; beer, wine, beverages, and snacks will be available for purchase onboard.
Youth camps this summer include youth sailing at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, plus The Science of Sailing, canoe making camps, Youth Woodworking, sailing camps, and more. For those 18 and up, the RaceNOW! Match racing series is designed to be an opportunity for intermediate sailors to have a chance to improve their racing skills. Sailors will be racing in pairs on either BJK or Lightning sailboats. Each session will include a Thursday night racing clinic run by Oliver Davis, where students will learn racing tactics, strategy, and the rules of racing. This clinic will be followed by three Friday nights where students will get the chance to practice what they’ve learned.
And don’t forget, this year the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival has been moved to September. Head down to the CWB on September 29 and 30 for a celebration of the history and culture of traditional wooden boats. Get a tour of the lake aboard a vessel from the center’s fleet, listen to live music all day, attend the beer garden, and grab lunch from a gathering of food trucks. Entry is free, and the festival is sure to have something for everyone.