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: 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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