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Shipwrights are typically overcrowded with work during the winter months, which is why the Port Townsend Ship Carpenters Regatta was created to provide a late-winter recreational outlet open to all types of sailboats.
The 26th Port Townsend Carpenters Regatta opens the 2017 sailing season at noon on Saturday February 25. The event, which has become a regional tradition, is sponsored by the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) and the Wooden Boat Foundation.
“It’s a fun race for the brave,” noted Barb Trailer, NWMC’s Festivals and Events Coordinator, as weather conditions are always unpredictable.
The regatta is open to people wishing to learn about sailboat racing but who do not have a boat. Those without boats are encouraged to attend the skippers meeting on the morning of race day and to be in contact with the skippers who have room for the crew.
The boat entrance fee is $ 40. Registration forms are available at the NWMC offices, 431 Water Street, and online at
nwmaritime.org/shipwrights. Last minute registrations are accepted between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on February 25; the skippers’ meeting starts at 9 a.m. Free coffee is offered, courtesy of Sunrise Coffee. Registration and the skippers meeting take place upstairs in the NWMC’s Chandler building (the red building). A post-race awards ceremony takes place around 5 p.m. at the NWMC. Beer and snacks are available.
A free haul-out is allocated to two sailors, courtesy of SEA Marine and the Port of Port Townsend. There are the usual hilarious perpetual rewards and standard rewards, Trailer noted, and, new this year, a commemorative cap is available for purchase.
Last year the 40-foot double-ended sloop Sparkle – built in 1947, owned and flown by Guy Hupy and Brian McGinn of Port Townsend – led the pack in the shipbuilders’ regatta.
Questions? Contact Catherine Leporati of the NWMC at [email protected]