I’m excited to once again be speaking at the Wooden Boat Festival (WBF) in Port Townsend, which takes place September 6th through the 9th at Point Hudson Marina. The WBF is one of my favorite boating events in the United States and something I look forward to attending when my schedule allows. It’s truly a festival atmosphere rather than a stuffy, cookie-cutter boat show, and the people involved are just as much fun as all the boats and activities.

This year I’ll be presenting a seminar entitled “700-miles downwind to Alaska: How a one summer voyage turned into three” on Saturday, September 7 at 2:30 on the Discovery stage. In this hour-long session, I’ll delve into how and why our family sailed downwind along the west coast of Vancouver Island, to Haida Gwaii and then into Alaska in the spring of 2017. What was then supposed to be a spring and summer cruising Southeast turned into a much longer, multi-year journey to Kodiak Island, Prince William Sound and the Kenai Peninsula, with two winters spent in Seward. This summer we traced our steps back towards Southeast and visited some new spots and old favorites along the way. I’ll take you along for the ride through this unconventional adventure while also offering tips and answering questions about following a similar route.

And if you’d like to say hi and chat about the Race to Alaska, I’ll be volunteering at the R2AK Racer’s Alley on Friday from 3 to 5. As the website describes it, Racer’s Alley is basically “a big tent just for Race to Alaska, SEVENTY48, and 48° North. It’ll have seats (couches?), boats all around, all kinds of stuff to look at, and maybe a cooler in the back with some beverages. Music? Sure! Video? Maybe!”

Should be fun, hope to see you there!


3 Replies to “Come say hi, learn about cruising Alaska at the Wooden Boat Festival”

  1. Are you taking your boat there? From your last post it sounds like you’re still in Alaska (and AIS – no updates in a while!). That’d be a lot of distance to cover. Curious what the plan is. I didn’t realize Uke is no longer a port of entry (that would be a long offshore leg from AK tho!).

    1. We actually just sailed straight from Southeast Alaska to San Francisco. I’m flying up for the Wooden Boat Fest and it would be great to catch up if you’re around.

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