This past weekend, September 8-10 was the 41st Annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. Located at Point Hudson Marina and the Northwest Maritime Center, the three day festival was a truly special event. In addition to the myriad of really cool old (and not so old) wooden boats on display to be toured (and some even chartered!), each day was cram packed with informational seminars, talks by authors and experts in all things wooden boats.
Edensaw hosted its annual boatbuilding challenge where teams of up to four people worked to build a sail, paddle or row boat made of wood over the course of the three days of the festival. We were only there for the one day, but it was neat to see the progression of these small boats, each one very different from the next.
There were tons of activities for kids including treasure hunts, boatbuilding (on a much smaller scale, of course), oceanography on the dock, a puppet theater and boat rides just for kids. We watched a race between two kids on boats made out of cardboard and duct tape (in a large pool-type tank, not in the marina) that looked like a lot of fun!
One of our favorite parts of the day was meeting Carol Hasse and seeing where our sails were built at the Port Townsend Sails Loft. It was so neat to see the space and to listed to Carol’s talk about sail construction. We learned a lot and gained a better understanding of how our boat works.
We hadn’t planned on staying all day, but 6 p.m. rolled around and we were still chatting with friends we’d met on the tall ship Ladyhawk at Festival of Sail in June. It was a great day, and we can’t wait for next year!