PORT TOWNSEND – To celebrate the deep love that underlies wooden boats, the organizers of the 2021 Wooden Boat Festival invite the public to view a series of free video content from the 2020 event, all online now until next Sunday on nwmaritime.org.
Hundreds of hours of programming are part of the Virtual Wooden Boat Festival last September. Categories of free videos include:
• Featured presentations including the origin story of the wooden boat festival, the Viking ship Draken and the Ceiba.
• Small boat adventures around New York, Australia and in the Northwest Maritime Center Seventy48 race.
• Boat shop tours including behind-the-scenes tours of Australia to Japan, the East Coast and Pacific Northwest including Brion Toss Yacht Riggers, Hereshoff, Devlin, Seiichi Nasu and more.
• Boat trips of tall ships and small boats from around the world.
• “COVID Builds”, meaning the projects that took place when artisans were stuck at home.
• Short and long reports on people such as the 2020 Standing Paddling World Champion Fiona Wylde, the Port Townsend Women Naval Carpenters and the members of the Sail Like a Girl team, winners of the Race to Alaska 2018.
The 45th annual Wooden Boat Festival, which was supposed to bring hundreds of boats, presenters and volunteers to Point Hudson and the surrounding area this weekend, was canceled on August 27.
“We have decided that cancellation is the only responsible way to move forward,” the Northwest Maritime Center board wrote in a statement.
“The decision to cancel was due to the increasing volatility of the public health environment, as well as growing anxiety from our attendees, exhibitors and the COVID community.
“Even with the measures we put in place, every day brought more cancellations from sellers, presenters and owners of wooden boats who remained uncomfortable with the potential risk,” continues the communicated.
“We respect and support everyone’s decision to do what’s good for themselves. ”
The non-profit Maritime Center, located at 431 Water St. in Port Townsend, welcomes donations on its website while also offering t-shirts and hoodies for the Wooden Boat Festival.
The center also continues to offer virtual and experiential programs for youth and adults throughout the year, based on the motto of the sea being “the most powerful teacher we know”.
For more details, see nwmaritime.org or call 360-385-3628.
Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]