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3rd Friday Speaker Series: Up and Down the Sound – Rowing with Emiliano Marino

  • The Center for Wooden Boats - Floating Boathouse 1010 Valley Street Seattle, WA, 98109 United States (map)


There are lots of things you can do in a rowboat. You can gently, leisurely row up and down, back and forth across any number of bodies of fresh or salt water. You can ship your oars, lean back, turn your face up to the sun and just enjoy nature all around you. You can commute to work or row for exercise or just be on a boat. 

But if you are Emiliano Marino, none of the above will work. You row to go – and keep going. In just one month alone this summer, Emiliano traveled several hundred miles, participated in a major race and completed a circumnavigation of the Kitsap Peninsula.

Emiliano, better known as the proprietor of The Artful Sailor in Port Townsend and author of “The Sailmakers Apprentice”, enjoyed rowing and cruising aboard his company’s 16’ wooden dory, Taswens. He began his journey by rowing from Port Townsend to Tacoma for the start of the Seventy48 human-powered race in its second year as a prelude to the Race to Alaska. It was his second year of competing.

A mere two weeks after the race, Emiliano and Taswens headed out on a circumnavigation of The Great Kitsap Peninsula: from Port Townsend, down Hood Canal, a four-mile human-powered portage over to South Sound and back around up to Port Townsend. In South Sound, he met up with the Salish 100 camp cruise fleet and they all traveled together. It was an arduous journey for the intrepid mariner, but everything went smoothly and according to plan with fair weather and obliging winds and tides. 

The journey of more than 200 miles took 12 days. Emiliano and sidekick Salty Sue, aka Pami-Sue Alvarado, will tell present highlights, photos and even song for our 3rd Friday entertainment. If the tides and weather cooperate, Emiliano will row in from Port Townsend and the ever-so-salty Taswenswill be on display before and after the program.

About the 3rd Friday Speaker Series

The Center for Wooden Boats 3rd Friday Speaker Series is a monthly event where a speaker of wit and experience joins CWB to share their special knowledge. It is also an opportunity for CWB members to mingle with other attendees and the staff. The talks take place in the new Wagner Education Center, and just like museum admission, the program is always free.

Snacks and beverages will be available. Donations to help cover costs will be cheerfully and gratefully accepted.