Sail away with Port Townsend Shipwrights' Regatta Feb. 25

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Posted 1/24/17

Shipwrights are typically jammed with work through the winter months, so the Port Townsend Shipwrights' Regatta was created to provide a late-winter recreational outlet open to all types of …

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Sail away with Port Townsend Shipwrights' Regatta Feb. 25

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Shipwrights are typically jammed with work through the winter months, so the Port Townsend Shipwrights' Regatta was created to provide a late-winter recreational outlet open to all types of sailboats.

The 26th Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta opens the 2017 sailing season at noon on Saturday, Feb. 25. The event, which has become a regional tradition, is sponsored by the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) and the Wooden Boat Foundation.

"This is a fun race for the hearty," noted Barb Trailer, NWMC festival and events coordinator, because weather conditions are always unpredictable.

The regatta is open to people who would like to try sailboat racing but do not have a boat. Those without boats are encouraged to attend the Skippers’ Meeting on race-day morning and be connected with skippers who have space for crew.

Boat entry fee is $40. Registration forms are available at the NWMC offices, 431 Water St., and online at

nwmaritime.org/shipwrights. Last-minute registrations are accepted between 8 and 9 a.m., Feb. 25; the Skippers’ Meeting begins at 9 a.m. Complimentary coffee is provided, courtesy of Sunrise Coffee. Registration and the Skippers’ Meeting are held upstairs in the NWMC's Chandler Building (the red building). A post-race awards ceremony takes place at about 5 p.m. at the NWMC. Beer and snacks are available.

A free haulout is awarded to two sailors, courtesy of SEA Marine and the Port of Port Townsend. There is the usual hilarious perpetual awards and standard awards, Trailer noted, and, new this year, a commemorative cap is available for purchase.

Last year, the double-ended, 40-foot sloop Sparkle – built in 1947, and owned and sailed by Guy Hupy and Brian McGinn of Port Townsend – led the pack in the Shipwrights' Regatta.

Questions? Contact the NWMC's Catherine Leporati at catherine@nwmaritime.org.

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