Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
Speaker Series Lineup

 
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team sail like a girl:

Aimee Fulwell

I’m always ready for a new challenge. Something bigger than myself. Race to Alaska (R2AK) represents just that. My drive, determination, and desire to constantly grow will not let me say no to this adventure. I thrive when I’m pushed out of my comfort zone, and it’s here we learn the most about ourselves and what we’re made of. Alongside a amazing crew of like-minded women, we will bring our strengths together to conquer R2AK and prove women can do anything.

LISA COLE

Lisa hails from California and a large family of sailors, but her real passion for sailing developed when she was an adult in the PNW and started skippering her own boat in beer can races and then got involved in competitive, one-design racing. Combining her fondness for travel and her desire to gain more sailing experience, Lisa cruised in the US and Canadian San Juan Islands, and traveled to the Mediterranean and Caribbean to take RYA practical courses. Eventually she got her USCG license so she could teach others. She has sailed extensively in the Puget Sound and on Seattle’s lakes, cruised and delivered boats in the Mediterranean and up and down the west Coast of the USA, and recently sailed 4,000 nm to deliver a boat from Spain to Puerto Rico, crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Lisa balances running SheSails Seattle, a company committed to women teaching women to sail,  with a “day job” in Organizational Development.  When she isn’t teaching sailing, Lisa can be found racing sailboats, skiing, volunteering with baby goats, or enjoying live music.

LAURIE ANNA

Laurie Anna ("LA") grew up day-sailing in New York harbor and extended cruising throughout New England and along the eastern seaboard where she caught an insatiable bug for the ocean and a lifelong passion for sailing.  During undergrad and graduate school, she would often join her live-aboard family for ocean passages and island time in the Bahamas and Caribbean.  

 She discovered when moving to Seattle that what had been a seasonal passion elsewhere is, with a heavy dose of GoreTex, a year round thing here!  For the past 23 years she has owned several boats and raced many others throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Favorite events include WIRWVan Isle 360Southern StraightsLEMWOD (Long Beach CA), Swiftsure, many rum-filled Round the Countyies in the frigid cold and too many other local races, shenanigans and adventures to count.  Once empty-nested, there is a cruising boat in her future. 

WHEN TO SEE THE SPEAKERS

LOCATION: Wagner Education Center
DATE: Sunday, September 29, 2019
TIME: 12:30pm-1:45pm
TALK: R2AK (Race to Alaska)


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Jordan Hanssen, Author & Adventurer

Jordan Hanssen is a storyteller, traveler and sea creature.  He’s rowed the Atlantic 1.75 times.  Once his team won a race and got Guinness World Record and experienced the world’s worst weight loss plan. The next voyage he capsized in the Bermuda Triangle and things got pretty darn spiritual.  He’s sailed an antique schooner down the coast, worked a fishing boat in Alaska, and biked across Australia.  He likes writing so much he published a book and is working on a series of historical adventure-romance novels based in the Pacific Northwest.  When in town he is found simply messing about in boats, taking tourists and locals for rows through Airbnb Experiences and blowing the conch for mermaids.

WHEN TO SEE THE SPEAKER

LOCATION: Wagner Education Center
DATE: Sunday, September 29, 2019
TIME: 2pm-3:15pm
TALK: “Ocean Crossing Tales from a Rowboat”


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KACI CRONKHITE, AUTHOR

Kaci Cronkhite: author FINDING PAX, circumnavigator, former director Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Kaci's work radiates a passion for world-wide adventures combining wind, travel, history, and legacy. Raised on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma, she didn’t see the ocean until she was 21 and didn’t step aboard a sailboat until she was 31. By the time she was 40, she circumnavigated.  She has written for newspapers and magazines in the U.S., Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the Caribbean, as well as dozens of articles for the sailing press. After sailing around the world between 1995-2001, she directed the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington, for a decade. Her next book is When a Cowgirl Goes to Sea.

WHEN TO SEE THE SPEAKER

LOCATION: Wagner Education Center
DATE: Saturday, September 28, 2019
TIME: 12:30pm-1:45pm
TALK: “Women on the Ocean, Sailing the World”


 
 
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NATE ROOKS, "Diving Head First Into Small Boat Adventures – R2AK, Seventy48, and More" 

Nate Rooks grew up boating in the Salish Sea before rowing and coaching in California for a decade. He moved home to prepare for R2AK 2016 with his brother as Team Bunny Whaler. In 2018, he built a 20' wherry at The Center for Wooden Boats for the Seventy48, where he finished 3rd solo. He now makes boat videos for OffCenterHarbor.com.

Come listen to Nate’s Story and see his boat in person!

WHEN TO SEE THE SPEAKER

LOCATION: Wagner Education Center
DATE: Saturday, September 28, 2019
TIME: 5pm-6pm
TALK: “Diving Head-First Into Small Boat Adventures”

 

 
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THOR BELLE, TEAM FUNKY DORY

Thor Belle grew up poking around tidepools in Maine and spending as much time as possible in, on, and around the Atlantic Ocean. Thor is happiest when it's cold out and had a boat well before a car. He has adventured all over the world and has many years of experience on the open ocean delivering sail boats in the North Atlantic, teaching environmental education and big-boat sailing, and working for commercial sail charter businesses. He firmly believes in boats as a way to connect people to their environment and hopes to devote his life to doing just that. Recently, he and a friend rescued and restored a 16' Swampscott Dory made in the 1970's to participate in the 2019 Race to Alaska and raise money and awareness for ocean conservation and marine planning.

Come listen to Thor’s story and see Team Funky Dory’s boat in person!

WHEN TO SEE THE SPEAKER

LOCATION: Wagner Education Center
DATE: Saturday, September 28, 2019
TIME: 2pm-3:15pm
TALK: R2AK (Race to Alaska)

 

 
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John Frederick (FRED) Truitt, artist for this year’s poster

John Frederick (Fred) Truitt was born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia, PA. Truitt Learned to sail at Jersey Shore on Lightnings and Penguins and he also hauled a Percy Baker, Bell Island dory back home to Bainbridge Island from La Have, Nova Scotia.

Truitt earned his degrees from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. From the year 1969 to 2003 Truitt taught international trade and business at a variety of universities including the following: Manchester University, England, University of Washington, Willamette University, and was a visiting lecturer in Japan, Denmark, and Finland.

Truitt currently has local exhibits in the following locations: Art Soup (Mora Ice Cream Shop), Bainbridge Arts and Crafts (TAP).

You can find him also teaching at the following: TAP’s “Art After 60” program at Wyatt House, Island Volunteer Caregivers, Bainbridge Senior Center, Art in the Lobby at the Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, and the Winslow Art Center.

WHEN TO SEE THE SPEAKER

LOCATION: Wagner Education Center
DATE: Sunday, September 29, 2019
TIME: 11am-12pm
TALK: Learn about watercolor, paint, and get a poster signed from this year’s festival! Kids encouraged!


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Brian Johnson, Northwest Seaport’s Lead Shipwright

Brian Johnson, lead shipwright for Northwest Seaport will present the journey of restoring some the largest oldest floating vessels in the Pacific Northwest, such as Tugboat Arthur Foss, F/V Tordenskjold, Lightship No. 83 Swiftsure, (Moored right here at the historic ships wharf!). His ingenuity and experience as a commercial fisherman, captain, and shipwright on prolific projects throughout the Northwest will inspire every maritime historian and shipwright!

WHEN TO SEE THE SPEAKER

LOCATION: Wagner Education Center
DATE: Sunday, September 29, 2019
TIME: 5pm-6pm
TALK: “Restoration of Historic Large Vessels”


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BEN KAHN, BoatBuilder

Ben Kahn’s passion for traditional wood working and boat building has been inspiring the students and staff of our community. He has been teaching wooden boat building the last 10 years at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend and now travels teaching workshops throughout the Puget Sound. Most recently he has been leading the Center for Wooden Boat’s largest sailboat building project of a 1920’s Kitten, designed by John Winslow.

You may have caught the article earlier this year in Northwest Yachting, but now is your chance to hear about the project from the team itself! Ben Kahn and CWB students will make a presentation on the Kitten Project. Starting from being able to identify an unknown boat in our collection to building a new one!

WHEN TO SEE THE SPEAKER

LOCATION: Wagner Education Center
DATE: Saturday, September 28, 2019
TIME: 3:30pm-4:45pm
TALK: “Meet our Kitten: CWB’s Newest Boatbuilding Project”


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MIKE BECWAR

You may have seen him on our docks, steadily working on some great (and tricky!) knots for our fleet, now is your chance to get your hands on some line and work your own magic with the expert! Mike and his team will work with you to master the knots to brush up your maritime skills! This workshop encourages crowd participation and is suitable for people of all skill levels.

WHEN TO SEE THE SPEAKER

LOCATION: Wagner Education Center
DATE: Sunday, September 29, 2019
TIME: 3:30pm-4:45pm
TALK: “Knots - Functional Puzzles We Love To Solve”


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