NWMC Campus Update: Big News!

Hello Friends, Let’s be honest, there’s a lot going on. SEVENTY48 just happened and WA360’s 1st place team, High Seas Drifters, finished two hours ago, living up to their boat’s name (Dark Horse) with a come-from-behind victory—whoop-whoop! Educational programs are ramping up for summer and last night the Port Townsend Maritime Academy graduated its second

Say hello to our new COO

Hello Friends! I want to introduce you to our newest member of the leadership team: Katie Oman who has just accepted the position of Chief Operations Officer here at the Maritime Center. It’s a big job, with big shoes to fill, but I couldn’t be more excited about who we found to fill them through

Kelley Watson and the Port Townsend Maritime Academy Graduation

Kelley Watson reflects on the Port Townsend Maritime Academy school year and graduation. I had forgotten until last night that our first week of school, we didn’t even have classroom space. The eighteen students (from Port Townsend, Chimacum, and Coupeville) gathered around the compass rose out in the courtyard on the Tuesday before Wooden Boat

Join us in Norway 2020!

Join us for a once in a lifetime tour of Norway, July 12-21, 2020 Trip leader Barb Trailer tells us a little about what we have in store for our 2020 Norway tour. If you’ve always wanted to go to Norway, this summer is the perfect opportunity. We’ll be heading into Viking territory to explore

Salish 100 Becomes a Northwest Maritime Center Event

Salish 100—the largest organized small-boat cruise in North America—is coming under the umbrella of the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) and complementing the center’s diverse array of programs. Created by the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters club, the Salish 100 (S-100) joins the Race to Alaska (R2AK) and Seventy48 human-powered race as three of the most unique

Croatia: Beyond our expectations

Barb Trailer recounts the 2019 Croatia Flotilla Awe-inspiring history, charming towns, stunning anchorages, crystal-clear water, and genuinely lovely people; the entire Croatia experience was so incredible we are going back next year. Fifty people, mostly from the PNW, met in Marina Agana, Croatia to begin our adventure. The docks were abuzz with excitement as we

Viking Faering in Progress in the Boatshop!

There are vikings in the Boatshop and they’ve been busy! Students have been working with local materials and traditional tools which were selected to mimic the characteristics of what the vikings used; grown crooks, green oak, pine tar, and hand forged rivets—we’re even swinging axes! Halfway through our 10-day course and the faering only needs

Japanese Boat Building theme at 2019 Wooden Boat Festival

You may have heard about our new boatshop course—Japanese Boat Building with Douglas Brooks, August 24-28—but you may not have heard about what an incredible opportunity this is. In Japan, design and boat building techniques are well guarded and not written down, meaning the only way to truly learn from the masters is to apprentice.