Get on the Water

photo by Irving Mortensen

The Wooden Boat Festival is a magical place, and nothing lets you feel the magic more than getting out on a boat! The Festival provides several ways for you to get out rowing or sailing at no charge, but tips go to support youth sailing programs.

Row and Sail a Longboat

Journey back in time aboard replicas of Captain George Vancouver’s ship’s boat from 1792. Work together as a crew to row and/or sail aboard these 26’ open boats with 8 rowing stations. Ages 12 and up.  Sign-ups start at 9:00 AMfor longboat rides.

• Friday 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
• Saturday 9:15 AM–4:30 PM
• Sunday 10:00 AM–4:30 PM

Take a Ride on the Martha J

Take a ride on the beautiful Martha J—a 1984, 24′ motor launch built by built by Casco Bay Boatworks, of Portland, Maine. Leave from the Northwest Maritime Center dock on the hour and half hour. Sign up at the dock. Maximum 8 people per ride.

• Friday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
• Saturday 10:00 AM–2:00 PM | 4:00–8:00 PM
• Sunday 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Get Out and Paddle

Visit Pygmy Kayaks at their showroom inside the festival grounds or Chesapeake Light Craft at their display on the Point. Other vendors occasionally offer opportunities to get on the water—just ask!

Sail on Adventuress

Location: City Dock, just outside the Festival gates
Step aboard the 1913 schooner Adventuress for a sail on Port Townsend Bay. Help raise the sails, sing sea shanties, and experience the joy of sailing a century-old tall ship operated by Sound Experience.  Space is limited! For advance purchase of Adventuress tickets, go to, call 360-379-0438 or visit the ship at City Dock.  Free dockside tours on Friday and Sunday, 9:00–10:00 AM.

Friday, September 8
**Sails are half price on Friday only**
Free Dockside Tours | 9:00–10:00 AM
Festival Sail | 10:30 AM–1:30 PM | $37.50/adult | $21/youth
Festival Sail | 2:30-5:30 PM | $37.50/adult | $21/youth

Saturday, September 9
Festival Sail | 10:00 AM–1:00 PM | $75/adult | $42/youth
Schooner Race | 2:00–6:00 PM | $125/adult | $65/youth

Sunday, September 10
Free Dockside Tours | 9:00–10:00 AM
Festival Sail | 11:00 AM–2:00 PM | $75/adult | $42/youth
Festival Sail during Sail-By | 3:00–6:00 PM | $75/adult | $42/youth

Sail on Schooner Zodiac

Location: Anchored, Ship’s Tenders Pick Up NWMC Dock
The Zodiac is a classic gaff rigged schooner built in 1924 and at 160’ she is the largest historic windjammer in the Pacific Northwest. Passengers are welcome to help raise and maneuver the sails, take a turn on the ship’s wheel and explore below decks. All of our festival sails include buffet meals cooked fresh in our galley by our professional chef and we also have a full bar service on deck. Lunch and dinner sails daily for the Festival.

Please visit or call us at 206.719.7622. Be on the NWMC dock for Pick up 30 minutes prior to sailing times.

Friday, September 8
Lunch Sail | 11:00 AM–1:00 PM | $69/person
Free Deck Tours | 2:00–4:00 PM
Sunset Dinner Sail | 5:30–8:00 PM | $69/person

Saturday, September 9
Brunch Sail | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | $69/person
Free Deck Tours | 12:30–1:30 PM
Schooner Race/Supper Sail | 2:00–5:30 PM | $85/person

Sunday, September 10
Brunch Sail | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM | $69/person
Free Deck Tours | 12:30–1:30 PM
Sail-By/Supper Sail | 2:00–5:30 PM | $85/person

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