36th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
The 2012 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival will be the biggest and best The Center for Wooden Boats has held yet. The 36th annual festival opens Saturday June 30th and runs every day through the 4th of July. Come ooh and aah over a variety of classic wooden boats, build your very own tiny wooden ship, go for a ride on sail, row, or motor boat and hear a variety of live music throughout the weekend. And, it's all free!
On Wednesday, July 4th we're teaming up with OneReel to participate in the 24th annual Family Fourth at Lake Union, Presented by Starbucks in Gasworks Park. All day long you'll find live bands playing at both parks and a history trivia game designed by the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) that takes place all along the lakeshore. In the evening, The Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival (including the food vendors and Festival Pub) will remain open up until the fireworks. It's a great spot to snag a patch of grass and enjoy a good old-fashioned, American tradition.
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WOODEN BOATS OF NOTE
Over 100 wooden boats from dinghies to sailing schooners over 130 feet in length are on public display throughout the festival.
Adventuress 133-foot National Historical Landmark schooner built in 1913 for the founder of the Yellow Cab Company.
Lady Grace 40 foot Ed Monk Bridgedeck cruiser. She was built in 1939 by students of the Edison Vocational School, which is today known as Seattle Central Community College Wood Construction Center. SCCC WCC is one of the oldest boat building schools in the country, founded in 1932 to supply trained marine carpenters to the Lake Union based boat building industry. During WWII Lady Grace was used by the U. S. Coast Guard to patrol Puget Sound and Hood Canal.
Natoma 40 foot sloop from renowned boat designer L. Francis Herreshoff. One of only three boats built from the design "Diddikai." L. Francis Herreshoff designed her for a businessman who wanted to travel between San Francisco and Hawaii by a sailboat of smaller size.
Arroyo 42 foot sloop Seaborn design built in 1938 at Lake Union’s Blanchard Boatshop. She raced under the burgee of the Seattle Yacht Club and won the Swiftsure Lightship Race under the name Avolante.
Gemini 31.5 foot sloop launched in 2010 by boatbuilding students at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend. She is a Yankee One Design (YOD), a racing class designed by Starling Burgess in 1937. Some parts of this boat were salvaged from an older Yankee named Venture which spent many years sailing at CWB.
Old Man IV 52-foot motor cruiser designed by Ed Monk Sr. Old Man IV was built for the Navy at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 1957 and has been in Navy service in the Northwest ever since.
Take a look at the schedule of activities and events during the Festival! Download the Press Release.
BOATS AND VENDORS: FESTIVAL REGISTRATION IS CLOSED - WAIT LIST AVAILABLE
The Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is growing! While we’ve had five-day festivals in the past, this one is unique now that Lake Union Park is fully open, and we have partnered with One Reel to provide more music for July 4th and make Lake Union – both ends – THE destination for Seattle’s Family 4th Fireworks. We expect over 35,000 Wooden Boat Festival attendees throughout five days: Saturday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 4th.
Our Wooden Boat Festival is an opportunity to display your exhibits or products, raise awareness of your organization or business, and help show the diversity of the historical organizations and businesses in our region. It is also an opportunity to meet with other wooden boat owners and wooden boat enthusiasts, to share the rich history, culture, and community of wooden boats.
FESTIVAL REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO OUR WAIT LIST, EMAIL FESTIVAL@CWB.ORG.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, or call (206) 382-2628 x 22. We look forward to seeing you at the 36th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival!