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Wooden Boat Festival

by Evin Moore

Wooden Boat FestivalThe Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival is returning September 6-8 to Point Hudson Marina. The 43rd annual festival, presented by the Northwest Maritime Center, is another chance for every generation of the family to jump aboard wooden boats of all varieties and experience the richness of the Northwest’s nautical past. More than 300 wooden boats are expected, from tall ships to trawlers.

There is plenty for the family to do: tour tall ships, row a boat, build a miniature wooden boat, see plays, and sing sea shanties. All ages can try out a paddleboard, and those 12 and up can row a replica of the 26-foot open boats used by the 1792 Vancouver expedition. On the Wednesday and Thursday before the festival, the Northwest Maritime Center will be hosting a series of seminars on topics ranging from how to turn your boating adventures into better stories and blogs to trouble-shooting electrical and diesel problems onboard.

The Race to Alaska Blazer party takes place on Friday night, with everyone welcome to join and see racers win awards, share stories, and hear announcements about next year’s race. Tickets to the festival are available online at woodenboat.org or at the main gate each morning. One-day tickets are $20 dollars and kids under 12 get in for free. Find out more at Wooden Boat.

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