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February 2018

Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding Admissions Open House

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, 42 N. Water Street
Port Hadlock, WA 98339 United States
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Meet and speak fellow perspective students, current NWSWB students, alumni, and NWSWB staff and faculty.

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March 2018

Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival

March 2 @ 12:00 am - March 5 @ 12:00 am
Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival 2018, Phillip Island
Rhyll, 3923 Australia
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A free Community Event celebrating 150 years of settlement on Phillip Island, featuring: a fabulous display of wooden boats both on land and in water, yacht racing, maritime history multimedia display and knot tying, art exhibition, street market, model boats, classic cars and vintage caravans, youth boat-building workshop, classic ferries, live music, pirate trail, and street performers. Fun for ALL the family. Located on the foreshore of the quaint little Fishing Village of Rhyll, on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. Judy…

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Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong

March 10 - March 12
The Royal Geelong Yacht Club, 25 Eastern Beach Road
Geelong, Australia
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The love of wooden boats throughout the ages will again be on display at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club Wooden Boat Festival held every even year over the Victorian Labour Day Weekend with the next Festival being  Saturday 10th March and running until Monday 12th March, 2018. Royal Geelong Yacht Club, 25 Eastern Beach Rd., Geelong, Victoria, Australia info@rgyc.com.au http://woodenboatfestivalgeelong.com.au/

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Marine Weather Workshop for the Northwest Boater

March 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Washington Sea Grant and the Gig Harbor BoatShop are cosponsoring a marine weather workshop in Gig Harbor. Topics to be covered include: The relationship of atmospheric pressure and wind Determining the path of speed and squalls The strong wind systems found in the Northwest and how to avoid them The key features of low pressure systems How 500mb wind patterns can help you find "weather windows" for safe passages How pressure gradients affect wind and Washington waters What a computer…

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Varnishing 101

March 28
Gig Harbor, 3805 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98332 United States
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Join us in the wood stove heated joiner shop for a new workshop focused on varnishing! We’ll begin by discussing the tools, materials, and techniques used. Then we’ll break out the sandpaper and brushes, and practice varnishing various items around the shop. And since here in the PNW varnishing sometimes needs to be done under less than ideal conditions, we’ll look into what can be done to get the best results possible in difficult circumstances. With the hands-on experience you gain in the…

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April 2018

Port Aransas Family Boat Building

April 6 @ 9:00 am - April 8 @ 5:00 pm
Port Aransas, Texas Port Aransas, TX 78373 United States + Google Map

Would you or your family like to build a boat with expert supervision along with 3 other families? If so, sign up now for the Family Boatbuilding event at the Port Aransas Wooden Boat Festival (April 6-8, 2018). Class size: Space limited to 4 boats. Details here. The double-ended Quick Canoe 155 comes from the drawing board of Australian designer Michael Storer. It is a simple to build yet capable canoe of the Pirogue family. The kit is built from marine grade…

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CFCC Riverfront Boat Show

April 7 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wilmington, NC United States
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Cape Fear Community College Boat Building Program in Wilmington NC is excited about this years Riverfront Boat Show! April 7, 2018 Saturday from 9:30-4:30 with dock and land access for vessels of all sizes! The boat show serves as an annual celebration of the craft of boat building and to raise scholarship funds for students in CFCC’s boat building programs! Held on the banks of the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, CFCC’s boat show attracts thousands of visitors every…

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Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Festival

April 20 - April 22
SarasotaSailingSquadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States
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The 12th Annual Great Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Festival will be held on April 21-23 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. The Sarasota Sailing Squadron will be hosting the festival in partnership with the Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Association. Saturday will include a boat building demonstration by Bedard Yacht Design, and talk by Halsey Herreshoff. A Squadron provided dinner will be available for a nominal ticket price. Amenities available at the Squadron include camping, limited RV options,…

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May 2018

34th Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet

May 4 - May 6
Cedar Key, Florida, The waterfront
Cedar Key, FL 32625
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Join us at the 34th Cedar Key Small Boat Meet on Florida's Gulf Coast from May 4 to 6, 2018. As always, the meet is still informal, without signups, fees, or planned events on the water. Tides and weather remain the only organization.

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OkoumeFest 2018

May 18 - May 19
Matapeake State Park, 1112 Romancoke Rd
Stevensville, MD 21666 United States
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Chesapeake Light Craft will present its 20th annual small boat rendezvous, OkoumeFest, on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 2018. "Okoume" is the plantation-grown African hardwood used in tens of thousands of CLC's build-your-own-boat kits. OkoumeFest features an open house with technical seminars on Friday at the CLC plant in Annapolis, and on Saturday an on-the-water rendezvous at Matapeake State Park on Kent Island. This event is RAIN OR SHINE. Please note that if thunderstorms are detected nearby we'll bring the…

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June 2018

Meet at the Beach: A gathering of kayak builders

June 2
Bluff Point State Park, Groton, Connecticut, Bluff Point State Park
Groton, CT United States
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Meet at the Beach: A gathering of kayak builders An annual gathering of kayak builders and like-minded individuals at Bluff Point State Park. This is a fun gathering which gives us all a chance to meet other builders and paddlers and talk shop a bit. People generously let others try out their boats. A total of about 50 boats show each year. It is great fun to see the variety of designs and techniques used. There is everything from very traditional…

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The Texas 200

June 11 - June 16

The Eleventh Annual Texas 200 June 11 - 16, 2018 The Texas 200 is a “Raid”-type event; that is, it involves a scheduled gathering of small boats traveling more or less in company from Point A to Point B over a period of several days, camping along the way.  The Texas 200 goes through the Laguna Madre and the bays of South Texas for five to six days and about 200 miles. Shallow draft boats will have options in terms…

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R2AK: Race to Alaska

June 14 @ 5:00 am
Start in Port Townsend, Washington WA United States + Google Map

The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune. It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind…

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Old boats, cool fun in St. Michaels, Md.

June 15 - June 17

Wooden and fiberglass classics, vintage racers, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats are coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum June 15-17 for the 31st annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point in St. Michaels, Md. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this Father’s Day weekend event brings a sense of nostalgia to the Miles River and CBMM’s docks and campus, drawing some of the area’s finest…

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The WoodenBoat Show

June 22 @ 9:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355-0990 United States
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The WoodenBoat Show will be returning to Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, June 22-24, 2018 with more in-water and on-land boat exhibits, reader-built boats, expert skills demonstrations, marine vendors, families building their very own boats, and so much more. The WoodenBoat Show is presented and produced by WoodenBoat Magazine, and hosted by Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut, to an audience of over 13,000 boating enthusiasts each year.

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Small Boats Mixer // Small Boats Monthly at The WoodenBoat Show

June 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355-0990 United States
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Free beer, snacks, and good times with a group of your small boat compatriots! Come to the booth during the show to make your own miniature doughnut fender which will serve well as a keychain or an ornament. Meet Christopher Cunningham and Anne Bryant, your intrepid editors flipping all the switches behind the scenes here at Small Boats Monthly. Your entry fee into the show is the only cost, once you're through the door, all the other fun is included.…

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Summer Sailstice

June 23 - June 24

Summer Sailstice was founded in February 2001 by John Arndt, as the global, annual celebration of sailing held on the weekend nearest the summer solstice. The annual Summer Sailstice sailing event is free to all participants and has grown from 200 boats signed up in 2001 to almost 5,000 boats today. Since many sailors join in the fun on many different boats, the actual number of Summer Sailstice sailors participating is estimated at almost 19,000 annually. Vision: Unite sailors worldwide to…

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Bushcraft/Canoeist TSCA Dauphin Island Rendezvous

June 23 - June 30
Dauphin Island Campground, 109 Bienville Blvd
Dauphin Island, AL 36528 United States
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Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA) Rendezvous on Dauphin Island, Alabama. Specifics for the day sails and overnight camping will be decided based on participants and weather forecasts leading up to the dates. The Dauphin Island Campground near the ferry landing will be home base for the event. A boat ramp with parking is available near the campground. This is the first rendezvous for our new chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association. RSVP via Facebook, the link is in this…

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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

June 30 - July 1

Packed with brilliant moments, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival engages the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage. Cheer on the crews as the take part in competitive racing and sailing on the opens seas, enthralling the crowds gathered by the harbourside who watch on in excited anticipation. Breathe in the aromas of fresh cooked fish, meats and other fine foods, which may prove too much to resists as you…

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July 2018

Wooden Boat Festival, Portland, Oregon

July 1
Willamette Sailing Club, 6336 SW Beaver Ave
Portland, OR 97239 United States
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Portland Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the final day of a Family Boat Build weekend, sponsored by RiversWest Small Craft Center, Oregon Maritime Museum and the Willamette Sailing Club. The event, which takes place on the banks of the Willamette River, will celebrate twelve families and teams, each building a Salt Water Bay skiff, with mentoring from expert wooden boat builders. Saturday the teams meet and receive their kits of supplies and commence building. Sunday they will launch their finished boats.…

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