A wonderful weekend at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

A shot of Point Hudson Marina and the Wooden Boat Festival during the Schooner Race on Saturday.

Point Hudson Marina and the Wooden Boat Festival during the Schooner Race on Saturday.

Wow, what a weekend it was at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend!

The Wooden Boat Foundation and Northwest Maritime Center, along with the many volunteers, vendors, presenters and participating boat owners, made the 40th annual event an incredible one. And of course, with such gorgeous weather it was easy to have a great time.

When I dropped Yahtzee’s hook in between the ferry terminal and Pourhouse on Friday afternoon, boats were trickling in from ports throughout the Northwest. The sun was shinning bright as I dinghied to shore with friends, and when we got inside the festival grounds at Point Hudson Marina, you could feel the energy around the docks while flags and burgees snapped in the breeze.

Full of music, food, friends and of course, boats, it was immensely fun to walk through the festival all weekend chatting with boat owners, meeting new people and hearing sea stories. This was my third Wooden Boat Fest in a row and each time it seems to get better. A tip of the cap from Three Sheets Northwest to all who were involved in making the event a success.

For those who weren’t able to make it or have never been, here are some images from the weekend:

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A replica of Joshua Slocum's Spray. We last came across this boat at Echo Bay in the Broughtons.

A replica of Joshua Slocum’s Spray. We last came across this boat at Echo Bay in the Broughtons.

One of my favorite parts of the fest is checking out the array of boat names.

One of my favorite parts of the fest is checking out the array of boat names.

As always, there was a wide array of watercraft to peruse.

As always, there was a wide array of watercraft to peruse.

Bar Harbor was a great spot to have a beverage, kick back and listen to some live music.

Bar Harbor was a great spot to have a beverage, kick back and listen to some live music.

A view from the top deck and wine bar at the Northwest Maritime Center.

A view from the top deck and wine bar at the Northwest Maritime Center.

This beautiful nesting dinghy is my dream boat to build ... someday.

This beautiful PT Watercraft nesting dinghy is my dream boat to build … someday.

The festival-ending "Sail-By" is always fun watch or participate in. (Photo courtesy of the Wooden Boat Foundation Facebook page.)

The festival-ending “Sail-By” is always fun to watch or participate in. (Photo courtesy of the Wooden Boat Foundation Facebook page.)

Also, a big thank you to everyone who joined us for our Three Sheets Northwest happy hour at the Wee Nip bar. Despite a few issues, we were able to cheers a cold brews, meet some enthusiastic readers and share stories with several of our contributors.

Hope to see you all again next year in Port Townsend!

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