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Saturday, September 28, 2019

All Day Activities

  • Gift shop is OPEN

  • Chesapeake Light Craft Boatbuilding Workshop – see our class in action!

  • Quick & Daring Boatbuilding – watch the competition build up their boats. Learn more about Quick & Daring here.

  • Commemorative Photo Booth – don’t let the memories sail away!

View all of the speakers that will be presenting at the 43rd Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at the button below!


“Adventuress: A Decade of Restoration Complete”
Presented by Mark Donahue, Adventuress Ship Committee Chair

A massive final restoration project – the deck – took place last winter aboard 133-foot Adventuress, a National Historic Landmark and Puget Sound iconic sailing ship. Mark Donahue and Dirk Kristensen will share the restoration “journey” and celebrate the team of talented Haven Boatworks shipwrights and tradespeople who made it happen.


“Women on the Ocean, Sailing the World”
Presented by Kaci Cronkhite

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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.


“Sampson Boat Co - Tally Ho Rebuild”
Presented by Leo Goolden

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Leo Goolden talks about the complete rebuild of a large 109-year-old yacht that he bought for $1. As well as discussing the events that led him into such a foolish course of action, he also addresses the highs and lows of using social media as a fundraising tool, and the dangers of working closely with a bad-tempered parrot.


“Race to Alaska Feature”
Presented by Team Funky Dory’s, Thor Belle

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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!


“Diving Head-First Into Small Boat Adventures”
Presented by Nate Rooks


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!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

All Day Activities

  • Gift shop is OPEN

  • Chesapeake Light Craft Boatbuilding Workshop – see our class in action!

  • Commemorative Photo Booth – don’t let the memories sail away!


Meet the 2019 Festival Poster Artist + Watercolors Workshop
Presented by Artist, Fred Truitt


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.


“Race to Alaska Feature”
Presented by Team Sail Like a Girl

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The phrase "Sail Like a Girl" has a new meaning. Come meet the all women's crew, who not only crushed this stereotype, but also this year's Race to Alaska (R2AK). Life often pulls us in a million directions, but these women sought their R2AK bid as a breather. Among these sailors are those with careers in law, public health, technology, and the culinary arts. Those running businesses, serving as consultants, and advocating for expanded access to cancer care. This also includes those who are a mom. Learn what drove these women to choose this epic 750-mile journey to Ketchikan as their break from the daily grind, how it helped them get out of their comfort zones, and how they banded together to conquer whatever Mother Nature threw at them in the often treacherous waters known as the Inside Passage.


“Ocean Crossing Tales from a Rowboat”
Presented by Jordan Hanssen

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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.


“Meet our Kitten: CWB’s Newest Boatbuilding Project”
Presented by Ben Kahn


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!


“Knots - Functional Puzzles We Love To Solve”
Presented by Mike Becwar (MOVED TO WEC BOAT SHOP)


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. This workshop will be a knot demo progression, using simple common knots, where an added twist or turn can create a new and stronger knot, with different capability. After that, Mike will demonstrate some well-known, simple, decorative knots.


“Restoration of Historic Large Vessels”
Presented by Brian Johnson

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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!