Don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post photos from my recent trip up to the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, but here they is anyway.
The festival was great, got to visit with lots of friends, old and new. The “sail by” on Sunday was perfect, light winds blowing off the shore, sunshine and the excellent company of two friends from the marina in Olympia, Noreen and Riley.
I might talk myself into attending next year. 🙂
I’ll try to add some photos of the sail-by if I can track them down.
On August 28th, I, my dog and SKYE left Olympia to journey to the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Here are some photos and comments from the trip…
SKYE’s new nylon drifter from Port Townsend Sails. I doubt I would have been able to get to Port Townsend in only five and a half (sailing) days without this sail.
After stops at Gig Harbor (got Ice, and stayed two nights due to a day with much rain and no wind), Blake Island (shower, munchies), Kingston (food, more ice) and Port Ludlow (chased in there by thunderstorms and high winds from the North, as was the Lady Washington, it appeared.) After leaving Port Ludlow, I was soon being pursued by the Lady Washington (above) up along Marrowstone Island in a wonderful five hour sail to Port Townsend in a surprisingly consistent South to Southeast breeze. The 2-3 knot tidal current helped a bit.
I spent the night at anchor off Port Townsend’s waterfront, and the next day all the festival boats were called, guided, pushed and pulled into Point Hudson harbor by the festival harbormaster and a crew of folks manning small boats. Quite an achievement. Only took about seven hours.
Here’s SKYE, packed in elbow to elbow (or bulwark to stanchion) with seven other boats, in a space normally occupied by two vessels. [Editorial comment: Talking to some other boat owners and some of the folks who visited SKYE, I didn’t encounter anyone who thought packing so many boats into the harbor – which made many boats only accessible by climbing across one or two other vessels’ decks – was all that great an idea. Seems to me that limiting the number of festival boats to the number that would actually fit next to the available docks would not only result in happier participants (who paid a fee to be part of the WBF), but make it much easier for the people attending the festival to board boats they wanted to see. End editorial.]
I got to meet a bunch of wonderful people during the show, including other Lyle Hess design owners and builders and admirers, plus the highlight for me was spending some time with William and Elaine Eppick, who built SKYE. After meeting them, it was easy to see why SKYE is such a well built and beautiful boat.
After the festival, I stayed in the Point Hudson marina another few days (partly due to the weather, which was not ideal for heading back South), then on the day the weather was ideal to start back to Olympia, a small thought appeared in my alleged brain… why not find a berth for SKYE up here somewhere and thus be five or six days closer to the areas I hope to sail to in the future. I searched around a bit and although the marina in Port Townsend had a waiting list for a slip, the nearby marina in Port Hadlock had one available that would fit SKYE. So down to Port Hadlock I sailed, and that’s where SKYE is now docked (photo above).
Although I did not make it to the festival by boat, I drove up on Saturday to have a look see and attend a few of the presentations. Here’s some photos…
(The images are higher res than normal for this blog. Click to see the full res versions.)
Quite a fog bank over towards Whidbey Island:
This is Lorraine, Carol Hasse’s folkboat. (Quite a good video about it here:
http://www.offcenterharbor.com/videos/a-good-boat-close-up-the-folkboat-lorraine/, though it’s only a short preview if you’re not subscribed to offcenterharbor. The full video is really good, and along with the other content there is well worth the fee.) Edit: The video is now also available on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIPf5mDxMcw.
I don’t know if this is a water keg, or a beer keg…
This is Richard Wood’s Skoota, a 28 foot de-mountable outboard-powered cat. If one did not intend to cross oceans, and did not mind the engine noise, this design would be very appealing:
And a view from Fort Worden looking out into the foggy Strait of Juan de Fuca: