Wooden Boat Festival

The 39th Wooden Boat Festival – the most educational and inspiring wooden boat event in the world – will take place September 11, 12 and 13, 2015. Join us!

  • 300 boats on land and water
  • 120 presentations
  • Dozens of exhibitors
  • Live music all day, every day
  • Food court & local beers and wine

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Get On the Water!

From free boat rides to on-site kayak rentals, Team Longboat to Learn to Sail classes, there are lots of ways to get out on the water this summer at the Northwest Maritime Center.

If being on the water isn’t your idea of fun, come get a cup of coffee at Velocity, grab a pink chair, and enjoy watching the boats go by from the dock, beach, or First Federal Commons.

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Race to Alaska

What is Race to Alaska? It’s simple: Row, paddle or sail from Port Townsend to Ketchikan without the help of any engine. Get there first. Win $10,000.

The Race to Alaska is the first and best event of its kind. NWMC has organized this event to stimulate imaginations, challenge adventurers and draw attention to the maritime culture.

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The Northwest Maritime Center is a campus and gathering place on the waterfront in Port Townsend that provides unique educational programs for school-aged youth, continuing education for adults, as well as hosting a variety of events and classes produced by other organizations.

We are also home to the Wooden Boat Festival, one of the largest gatherings for wooden boats in the world, now in its 39th year.

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Our experienced instructors, windy bay and beautiful waterfront location surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade Mountains combine to make the Northwest Maritime Center one of the best sailing programs in the region. Experience sailing for the first time or take your skills to the next level!

Our boat shop also offers instruction on wooden boat building.  Build a sailboat, a kayak or learn new techniques from our expert shipwrights.

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Our members help make powerful maritime experiences possible.

When you join as a member, you become part of a special group of people who share a passionate commitment to maritime education and maritime heritage, as well as the sheer joy of being on, near or in the water.

Members get special benefits, including free admission to the Wooden Boat Festival—the West Coast’s largest wooden boat festival.

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