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. You can also 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!

NEW! Paddleboard & Rowboat Rides

Off the beach behind the NWMC | Sign up at the Free Rides Booth
New this year, try out a paddleboard or rowboat from the NWMC beach. Sign up for these 30 minute rides at the Free Rides Booth adjacent to the beach behind the NWMC.

• Friday 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
• Saturday 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
• Sunday 11:00 AM–3:00 PM

Paddleboard & Bumble Bee Sailboat Rides

Paddleboard Pool on the Point
All ages can try out a paddleboard in the paddleboard pool on the Point. This is great for those who have never been on a paddleboard before. NEW! Ages 5 and under can try out the Bumble Bee sailboat. Sign up at the pool.

• Friday 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
• Saturday 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
• Sunday 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Row and Sail a Longboat

Longboat Dock in basin of marina
Journey back in time aboard replicas of Captain George Vancouver’s boats from 1792. Work together as a crew to row and sail aboard these 26’ open boats with 8 rowing stations. Ages 12 and up. Signups start at 9 AM each morning at the longboat dock in the northeast corner of the marina.

• Friday 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
• Saturday 9:15 AM–4:30 PM
• Sunday 10:00 AM–4:30 PM

Take a Ride on the Martha J

NWMC Dock | Sign up at the Free Rides Booth behind the NWMC
Take a ride on the beautiful Martha J—a 1984, 24′ motor launch built by Richard Pulsifer in Maine. Leave from the Northwest Maritime Center dock on the hour and half hour. 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

Sail on Adventuress

Location: Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) Dock
Adventuress has a full sailing schedule and we want to see you out on the water helping to raise sails, taking pictures of the classic wooden boats, and helping the crew put Adventuress through her paces. This year we’re able to offer Sound Experience members a 15% discount on sails. Please note: Members’ free sails do not apply during the Festival.

Please visit our website: to purchase tickets.

As a thank you to the local Port Townsend community, we’re offering Half Price Friday!

Half Price Friday, September 7
Free Dockside Tours | 9:00–9:45 AM
Sail | 10:30 AM–1:30 PM | $32.50/adult $17.50/18 & under
Sail | 2:30–5:30 PM | $32.50/adult $17.50/18 & under

Saturday, September 8
Sail | 10:00 AM–1:00 PM | $65/adult $35/18 & under
NW Schooner Cup Race | 2:00–6:00 PM | $79/adult $49/18 & under
*Sound Experience members receive 15% off.

Sunday, September 9
Sail | 10:00 AM–1:00 PM | $65/adult $35/18 & under
Fleet Sail By | 2:00–5:00 PM | $65/adult $35/18 & under
*Sound Experience members receive 15% off.

*Members, please call Susan at 360-379-0438 x1 to get the discount code for 15% off, or if you need help purchasing tickets.

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 7
Sunset Dinner Sail | 5:00-5:30 PM boarding, 8:00-8:30 disembark | $69/person

Saturday, September 8
Schooner Race/Supper Sail | 1:30-2:00 PM boarding, 5:30-6:00 PM disembark | $85/person

Sunday, September 9
Brunch Sail | 9:30-10:00 AM boarding, 12:00-12:30 AM disembark | $69/person
Sail-By/Supper Sail | 1:30-2:00 PM boarding, 5:30-6:00 PM disembark | $85/person

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