Volunteer for SEVENTY48 and WA360 in 2021

Volunteer Highlight

My name is Beth O’Neal. I have lived in Port Townsend for 22 years and raised my two daughters here. I love being surrounded by the water, marine life, and this charming town. After graduating from massage school in Seattle, I moved to Port Townsend and began to build my own practice. The Wooden Boat Festival is something I have always looked forward to; I loved the great music and checking out the beautiful boats many years before I signed up as a volunteer.

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Volunteer in the Wooden Boat Chandlery!

Get in on the best volunteer gig in town! If you're looking for a spot to volunteer where you're treated like family, this is it. Volunteers in the Chandlery act as ambassadors for the Northwest Maritime Center and help connect visitors with the best outdoor items and apparel. They work on an incredible, fun-loving team of Chandlery staff and other volunteers, and they get to connect with locals and visitor alike. If you enjoy retail, boats, the outdoors, or just chatting with others about our awesome town, you might be a great fit for the Chandlery! If you’re interested, please email volunteer@nwmaritime.org.

Volunteer for our two adventure races in 2021!

Due to COVID-19 Race to Alaska and our regular shore parties are canceled this year, but WA360 and SEVENTY48 are still a go!


360 miles of engineless, unsupported boat racing circling Puget Sound. It’s COVID conscious, logistically light, and demands all the skill, tenacity, and patience you can muster.

Race Start: June 7, 2021


Seventy miles. 48 hours. Tacoma to Port Townsend. Rules are simple: no motors, no support, and no wind. That’s right. Human power only. Pedal, paddle, or row. We don’t care. It’s up to you.

Race Start: June 4, 2021

SEVENTY48 Finish Line volunteer shifts are now live! Sign up today.

Ready to be a part of the crew that celebrates and supports the SEVENTY48 teams crossing the finish line in Port Townsend? Our Finish Line Crew is responsible for recording finish times, photographing teams, and supporting the safety operations at the finish line. Sign up for shifts today, but first read through the following information.

If you're new to volunteering for the Northwest Maritime Center and our events, please fill out our volunteer application. If you're a returning volunteer, just sign our 2021 Release Waiver.

Volunteer T-Shirts

Hey, guess what? When you volunteer for the adventure races, you'll get a volunteer t-shirt. Sign up for at least two shifts or one of the longer time commitments and that shirt is yours! The sense of being part of a team, supporting a community, and keeping folks safe is yours to keep no matter how long you volunteer.

Required Volunteer Orientation

All volunteers are required to attend the Volunteer Orientation, June 1, 2021 at 5:30 PM. This will be a virtual orientation via Zoom—you will receive the Zoom link in the confirmation email after signing up for your shift(s). If you cannot make this training, please email volunteer@nwmaritime.org.

Sign up for shifts below

Sign up for our Finish Line shifts below, or keep scrolling if you're interested in volunteering for our safety and paparazzi crews.

You will receive a confirmation email with your shift information after signing up.

Now on the Hunt for Safety & Paparazzi Crew Volunteers

Safety Support Volunteers
Positions for racer safety support are skill-specific. We aren’t looking for master mariners in every position, but we need people who can think on their feet, work well within a structured safety system, have the ability for hard work and sometimes long hours, and, most importantly, understand that this hard work is what keeps race teams safe during this focused challenge.

Paparazzi Crew Volunteers
We are looking for camera folk, social media jockeys, and folks willing to even take some short video for places like Facebook and our own website. Have a drone? We’ll buy it lunch! Join the teams that run around our race courses helping to document these incredible efforts of racers.


Contact Angela Hewitson, Public Engagement Manager, at volunteer@nwmaritime.org.