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October 2022 Newsletter

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October 3, 2022

Friends of CWB, 

September was a month of connection at CWB–we celebrated with so many old friends at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, at the Boats Afloat Show on Lake Union we were able to bring back our first off-site Toy Boatbuilding in several years, bringing smiles to hundreds of kids and their parents. Just last weekend, we hosted the largest Norm Blanchard W.O.O.D. Regatta in recent memory, with over 30 boats on the water and 150 community members all gathering to share a meal and stories afterwards. Community is the driving force behind everything we do at CWB; thank you for being a part of our crew.


Fair Winds,

Josh Anderson
Executive Director

Fall Hours

We're currently open 10AM – 6PM, Wednesday - Sunday. Last boat out at 4:45.

On November 2, we will switch to our winter hours, and be open 10AM–4PM.
17th Annual Norm Blanchard W.O.O.D. Regatta: 30+ Boats, 8+ Kts
This year's Regatta was one great, wonderful adventure with good breeze and bright skies. We were joined by over 30 boats and 60+ sailors for a full day of racing. All 13 boats from our own livery participated plus 5 Norm Blanchard-built wooden boats (each 70+ years old!) sailed in this homage to the formative boatbuilder and designer. The fleet was diverse, ranging from 8 to 32 feet across Pelicans, Thunderbirds, Lightnings, and El Toros, with sailors ages 10 to 70+, some bringing decades of experience and some brand new SailNOW! grads. 
Thank you to our community for coming out, helping out, and enjoying this beautiful lake we call home!
Photos above by CWB volunteer photographer J.A. Wiley
 
See Photos Here
We're looking for graphic design help! 
Are you interested in helping us as a volunteer designer? Reach out to communications@cwb.org!

Third Friday Speaker: Lee Bjorklund
Small Boats, Big Adventures

Ever considered camp cruising? Hear about the many advantages of small craft cruising as a perfect way to get close to nature and new coastlines, tiny creeks, beaches and coves larger boats can't reach. This is sailing back to the basics where a whole lot of great cruising adventures await. Come learn what small craft cruising is, what's involved, best boats and equipment plus some insider tips and tactics.

Lee Bjorklund is a volunteer CWB sailing instructor and has sailed in all Salish100 events and a dozen or so other week-long small craft cruises throughout Puget Sound and environs.

Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 6-7PM
Location: CWB Wagner Education Center

RSVP Here
Come join us for Halloween Festivities at the Center for Wooden Boats!
Visitors can build spooky toy boats, steal some candy from pirates, and sing sea shanties on Saturday October 29th from 3-6pm. All ages welcome, entry is always free!


Are you closer to our Cama Beach location? 

WA State Parks will be hosting a Fall Festival in the CWB Boathouse on Oct 22, complete with pumpkin bowling and pumpkin carving for the kids. Look in the upcoming crab cracker for details on this family-friendly event.

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2022 recap
Thank you to all who came out and had fun with us!
We had a great time at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival–a big thanks to all who visited us at Big Wave Dave, aboard Halcyon, or on Puffin for a free ride around the Bay. We very much enjoyed sharing boats, stories, and connecting with fellow boat lovers. See you next year!
Sawhorse Revolution Launches an Ed Monk Skiff 

We were excited to attend the launch of an Ed Monk Skiff that Sawhorse Revolution built with kids using molds and patterns we provided. The boat will be used by The Heron's Nest to help the Duwamish Tribe facilitate cleanup of the Duwamish River. This boat is the same make as La Mamalona, which we built with Seattle Public School students and launched last year.
Siebel Sailing with Seed2Fork and Modest Family Solutions
A few weeks ago, we were thrilled to welcome youth from Seed2Fork Farm and Modest Family Solutions for a week of Siebel Sailing lessons at CWB!

Seed2Fork is a nonprofit in Snohomish County teaching youth from underserved communities how to farm and prepare healthy food, and Modest Family Solutions distributes food to those in need.

When Seed2Fork’s Executive Director, Ada Alston, approached us about helping youth learning to develop a closer relationship to water (a vital ingredient for raising crops), we worked together to bring those kids in for a week of sailing curriculum. We had a great time!

Crabbing Season is Extended!

Fall is in full swing at our Cama Beach State Park location, and we have some exciting news: Crabbing season has been extended by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife from Oct 1 - Dec 31 this year, and it’s open 7 days a week! When you come in to rent a kayak, canoe, or paddle board, ask us about renting a crab pot so you can have some hot crab soup on these chilly fall evenings at Cama.

More information

Building Boats and Boats and Boats

This month, boatbuilding students crafted their own Northeastern Dory over the course of a week, followed by a class building Stitch & Glue kayaks! These Chesapeake Light Craft boat kits were built under the supervision of Casey Wilkinson from Kea Custom Boats and our Boatwright Dustin Espey. Great to see our Bill Garden Boatshop put to such good use!

CLC Boatbuilding at CWB
She's for Sale!  
1976 Kent Ranger - 20' Sailboat with Trailer

This popular 1976 Kent Ranger 20 sloop has a swing keel and good sails. Includes a custom dodger with zippered canvas that can enclose the cabin, as well as a Calkins boat trailer. Clean and ready to sail!

See more of this and other boats for sale here.
Have a boat to donate? Get in touch with Steve at sgreaves@cwb.org.
New Maritime Art in the Wagner Education Center
There is a new art exhibit in the Wagner Education Center! The Pacific Rim Institute of Maritime Artists (PRIMA) is showcasing 39 paintings from artists who live near the Pacific Rim, or Pacific Ocean. PRIMA's mission is to celebrate human diversity through the lens of fine art. The dazzling detail in these artworks is even more special in person! 
Restocked: Enamel Pins
Show your love for our livery's most beloved boats with an enamel BJK or Lightning pin! These gems are just $12, plus our members receive a 20% discount in the shop. Order them here or visit our SLU store between 10 AM - 6 PM Wednesday to Sunday. 
Become a CWB member and you'll get this 2022 decal featuring the Lake Union Swift boats we launched this year, plus a real wood membership card made of birch! 

All CWB members enjoy assorted benefits including discounts on boat rentals, classes, camps, store merch, and facility rentals year-round. Members at the Contributing level and above also receive a free CWB hat or t-shirt and free entry to hundreds of museums nationwide. Find a full list of member benefits here.

Want to join us as a volunteer?
The next new volunteer orientation is on Saturday, October 8th at 10 AM in the Floating Boathouse.

Learn about volunteering
We are indebted to our hard-working volunteers, staff and generous donors for keeping our boats afloat. If you're looking for ways to participate, here are some fantastic ways to support us:

Donate a Car or Boat
Have car or boat you're no longer using? Consider donating it to CWB! The process for cars is simple: go to www.careasy.org. As your chosen beneficiary, CWB will receive the proceeds of the vehicle sale. Have a boat to donate instead? Contact Steve Greaves at sgreaves@cwb.org to start the conversation!

Donate Stock
Donating stock is another great way to support CWB. All proceeds of from the sale of donated stocks support CWB's mission and operations, and help sustain our work through the colder months. More on this here.

Have a great month! We hope to see you on the docks. 

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September 2022 Newsletter

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September 1, 2022

Ahoy Friends,


With Labor Day around the corner, we're able to look back on a wonderful and successful summer season. We're especially excited by the conclusion of our youth summer camps under the energetic leadership of our Youth Programs Manager, Leslie Smith! This year we taught the highest number of students we ever have, as we added the newly-built Lake Union Swifts to our growing youth fleet, in addition to our third year with the RS Feva’s from US Sailing, and of course our El Toros. September is still a busy month for us as the weather is perfect for sailing. We’re excited to host the 17th Annual W.O.O.D Regatta on September 24th and hope to see you there. Even if you can’t participate, you're very much invited to the BBQ afterwards! Or stop by the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival to say hello. We’ll be well represented this year with our steam launch Puffin giving public rides, the student-build Hvalsoe 16 Big Wave Dave, and the Bill Garden designed salmon troller Halcyon. Looking forward to spending the last few weeks of summer on the water with you! 
 

Fair Winds,

Josh Anderson
Executive Director

Join us September 24 for the 17th Annual Norm Blanchard W.O.O.D. Regatta!
Entrants can skipper or crew a CWB small boat. The big-boat category will be sold out soon, and there are still great ways to participate in the regatta in a small CWB boat - or register and bring your own! Participating boats will be assigned a class rating, so no matter the size, you could win! 

Racers and non-racers alike are welcome at the after-race barbecue. Tickets (for non-racers) are just $10 and cap off an amazing summer season with race awards, food, drink, and camaraderie. Hope to see you there!
If you’re registering to race a small CWB boat not in our normal livery (El Toro, Feva, or Lake Union Swift), we’ll offer a practice session the weekend of September 17-18th. Register and we’ll let you know the practice session times in advance!
More Info & Registration Here
Order Regatta Merch Here
El Toro Regatta 2022 recap
A big thank you to the racers and volunteers who helped make it happen! 
A great, albeit lighter-air, weekend of racing on Lake Union at our El Toro Regatta this year! 26 racers came out to compete in their own vessels or CWB boats for a good day of friendly competition. Thank you racers, volunteers, and race committee!

Youth Regatta Winner: Sarah Haycox
Adult Regatta Winner: Ken Burns


See photos and full results from the Regatta here – more added in the coming days!
We're Hiring! 

We're looking for a Maritime Programs Manager to join our team. This is a full-time, year-round position. More information on our website by clicking below. 

JOIN OUR TEAM
Wrapping up a great Youth Programs Season!
 
We feel very lucky to have worked with our awesome youth instructors all summer! A special congratulations to all of the following youth staff award winners:

Most outstanding youth sailing instructor – Jake
Most outstanding youth camps junior instructor – Ruby James
Most outstanding youth woodworking instructor - Brennan
Best Peer Mentor – Taylor
Congeniality award – Petra
New Lake Oswego Class Is Live


Sign up to help designer and builder Eric Hvalsoe finish the build of the sleek Lake Oswego Row Boat. This course is perfect for people who are interested in learning about wooden boatbuilding, but don’t have the time to attend a full year of boat school.

September 16-18, 10 am - 6 pm
$300 Members | $350 General 
More info & Registration Here
At North Lake Union, Three Blanchards Are Being Restored
Closed to the public, but brimming with activity is our North Lake Union Campus! Excited to share some views of the progress boatwrights Tom Jacobs and Dustin Espey are making on Blanchard Jr Knockabouts Lucky 7Richard G and Betsy Jane with help from CWB volunteers! Stay tuned on our social media channels to see continued updates on this work. 
Cama Beach Has Reopened

Throughout most of the summer we have had to reconcile with the fact that our Cama Beach location was deemed inoperable due to the sustained damage to the boat house structure, caused by winter storms. However, we are excited to announce a short-term, but hopefully fun solution, for the remainder of the summer.

As of late August, we're able to once again rent out kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards to individuals and families looking to get out on the water and enjoy the sun. Stop by the Cama Boat House to pick up one of these lightweight crafts and throw out some crab pots before the season ends!

Visit Cama Beach
Volunteering Highlight at Cama Beach
 
A big thanks to Cama Beach volunteers Russ Holmes and Michael Kyte for installing the "clothesline" for our safety boat! The clothesline is the "parking lot" for boats during the day here at Cama. Without a dock to tie up to, the clothesline acts as a temporary mooring for boats during the day, before being brought into the boathouse at night. Since we're able to rent out some canoes and kayaks now, this helps keep the safety boat readily available for emergencies and keeps the smaller craft outside for easy public use. 

Michael and Russ installed an anchor so the line could run from the boathouse out to the water. Thank you so much for braving the cold Sound to help us out at Cama, Michael and Russ! 
Come see us at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival! 
September 9
11, 2022
We're excited to be participating in the Wooden Boat Festival this year with Hvalsoe 16 Big Wave Dave, Bill Garden-designed 1948 salmon trawler Halcyon, and our 1906 Truscott Steam Launch Puffin. See you there!
Remembering Tom Alberg

Last month marked the passing of Tom Alberg, a celebrated visionary and philanthropist who made many of our region’s innovations possible. He was also an avid sailor whose early support of CWB’s capital campaign was fundamental to building the Wagner Education Center in Lake Union Park, greatly expanding our programming and exhibit space. We are so grateful to Tom and his wife Judi for their ongoing generosity to CWB and other organizations throughout the region through the Raven Foundation. Tom’s legacy lives on through the many cultural and educational causes he supported, and the countless lives enriched by his efforts.
Art On Our Campus!

We were so delighted to host a plein air class from the Gage Art Academy for teens on our campus! The academy offers classes of all kinds for all ages! A vignette here from one of the artists, Eleanor Doughty. To keep an eye on activities of this kind, check out the Seattle chapter of Urban Sketchers.
She's for Sale!  
1981 27’ International H-Boat Sloop

Built in Finland, the H-Boat is a fiberglass updated version of the Nordic Folkboat. Designed by Hans Groop in 1967, the H-Boat class is raced extensively in Europe under the rules of the International H-Boat Association, with over 6,000 H-Boats being built.

For more info, and to view other boats for sale, head to our website!
Local Maritime News

Join this year's Pink Boat Regatta on Saturday, 9/10 at CYC Seattle in Shilshole marina. This fun regatta is a fundraising event and proceeds are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Skippers meeting is at 10 AM, race starts at 12 PM, and the party starts at 3:30 PM and is open to sailors and non-sailors alike! 

Please register TODAY! Registration is $150 and donations are encouraged.
We hope to see you there! 
 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Speaking of the Lake Union Swifts, become a CWB member and you'll get this year's membership decal featuring that boat, plus a real wood membership card made of birch! 

All CWB members enjoy assorted benefits including discounts on boat rentals, classes, camps, store merch, and facility rentals year-round. Members at the Contributing level and above also receive a free CWB hat or t-shirt and free entry to hundreds of museums nationwide. Find a full list of member benefits here.

Want to join us as a volunteer?
The next new volunteer orientation is on Saturday, September 10th at 10 AM in the Floating Boathouse.

Learn about volunteering
We are indebted to our hard-working volunteers, staff and generous donors for keeping our boats afloat. If you're looking for ways to participate, here are some fantastic ways to support us:

Memorials & Honoraria
You can commemorate a loved one with a memorial or honorary gift to CWB. Click on DONATE and help us direct your gift appropriately by noting "In memory" or "In honor" with their name in the comment box provided.

Legacy Gifts
Help shape CWB's future through a legacy or bequest by joining CWB's Navigator's Club. Naming The Center for Wooden Boats in your will or living trust is a deeply personal way to support our maritime heritage work for the benefit of future generations. More on this here.
Thank you, Sound Community Bank, for your sponsorship!
Their support keeps us going to offer access to the water to locals and visitors alike.

Have a great month! We hope to see you on the water. 

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August 2022 Newsletter

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August 2, 2022

Ahoy Friends,

I just returned to the sweltering Seattle summer after visiting the coast of Maine for the 50th anniversary reunion of the Apprenticeshop. If you are not familiar with this organization, I recommend you check out the cover story from this year's August issue of Wooden Boat Magazine. I had a wonderful chat with Lance Lee, the organizations' founder, who was a close friend of CWB co-founder Dick Wagner. He commented on how happy he was to see the next generation carry on the ideas and traditions that he, Dick, and many others sought to preserve. We’re all connected in this wooden boat world, and I couldn’t be more proud of the work CWB does in helping others connect through traditional craft with the water, history, each other, and so much else. We’re going to keep up that work so future generations can share in this story.
 

Fair Winds,

Josh Anderson
Executive Director

CLICK HERE FOR EL TORO REGATTA INFO + REGISTRATION
Building Boats, Launching Boats, Restoring Boats...

All the shops have been hopping with activity this month! The Bill Garden Boat Hall was home to 7 CLC Annapolis Wherries built with Instructor Casey Wilkinson, plus Eric Hvalsoe and students pushed the Lake Oswego rowboat further along with the installation of risers, rails, and most seats. You can see her progress at the WEC now!  
 
Several boats have been able to rejoin the fleet from our floating boat shop (including our Haven 12.5) thanks to maintenance performed by our livery staff and volunteers! Plus, our North Lake Union shop has made tremendous progress on our BJKs. Boatwright Tom Jacobs and his team have installed more planks on Blanchard Jr Knockabout Lucky 7, BJK Richard G had its backbone installed in preparation for frames, and BJK Betsy Jane's back bone has started to take shape. This is what we're here to do, and it's great to be doing it! 
Our wonderful Haven 12.5 is Back in Service!

There's an exceptionally sharp-looking boat on our docks today, shining just a little harder than everyone else–and that's our Haven! A big thanks to all the volunteers who helped us get her there. 

If you're interested in sailing her sometime, take our Traditional Rig & Centerboard Clinic and learn about the wide variety of sailboats we have to offer. 

Building a Chesapeake Light Craft: We survived “boat camp”!


CWB volunteer Shelley Sabin tells the story of building her Chesapeake Light Craft at the Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach this summer in the latest entry on our blog. 

Read Shelley's full story on our website here.
Embark on an adventure around historic Lake Union

Join us on one of our most beloved vessels, electric powered fantail launch Dora. This 26’ vessel features a raised canopy to provide protection from the elements and a 360 degree unobstructed view. Dora’s spacious layout can comfortably accommodate six passengers for a lovely afternoon or evening picnic on the lake.

To reserve a charter, and to find out more information, visit our website. Plus, Members get $75 off! 
Come see us at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival! 
September 9
11, 2022
We're excited to be participating in the Wooden Boat Festival this year with Hvalsoe 16 Big Wave Dave, Bill Garden-designed 1948 salmon trawler Halcyon, and our 1906 Truscott Steam Launch Puffin. See you there!
CWB Staffmember Shelby Finishes the Salish 100
We're proud that our Curator, Shelby Allman, was able to participate in and finish the Salish 100 this year, repeating her 2021 journey aboard Big Wave Dave, a Hvalsoe 16 built at the Center for Wooden Boats. Shelby:

"The Salish 100 2022 was another wonderful experience for me, gruelling at times but incredibly rewarding to be on the water with so many other like-minded small boat sailors. It was a great experience to sail and row alongside Eric Hvalsoe in his Hvalsoe 16 and other sail and oar vessels too, the support boats are absolutely upstanding people that make the experience so positive and safe, too. 

I am so thankful for the time with Big Wave Dave, to be at peace on the water and learn more about myself as a mariner, the tides, wind and see the Salish Sea so up-close! Thank you to CWB, all of you for the support and for this opportunity."
She's for Sale!  
Sea Witch”, 1913 36’ Elco Bridgedeck Cruiser

Built by the Electric Launch Company (Elco) of Bayonne, NJ in 1913 for what later became the US Coast Guard. Her hull was designed as a double-ended lifeboat for use in heavy surf and has self-righting capabilities. This vessel was the first motorized lifeboat on San Francisco Bay, and was later converted to a Bridgedeck cruiser. Powered by a Perkins diesel 130hp in-line 6, she's ready to cruise.

For more info, and to view other boats for sale, head to our website!
Classic Merch Restock!

We've officially restocked all colors of our classic CWB merch, with the vintage embroidered logo. Look for fresh t-shirts and zip-up hoodies! Large canvas totes are also back in two colors, now with a pocket.

Available at our giftshop at the Wagner Education Center in South Lake Union.
The Western Flyer is Launched!
The 1936 Western Flyer earned fame as the fishing vessel chartered by John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts in 1940 for a six-week expedition to collect sea life in the Gulf of California. It was a journey that led to the nonfiction book “Sea of Cortez” by the pair in 1941 and “The Log from the Sea of Cortez” by Steinbeck in 1951. In 2013, the three-times sunk boat was brought into Port Townsend's Boat Haven shipyard. Now she is launched once again, and will eventually be used as a state-of-the-art marine research vessel with at-sea experiential learning programs for school children.
More on this story here.
Speaking of the Lake Union Swifts, become a CWB member and you'll get this year's membership decal featuring that boat, plus a real wood membership card made of birch! 

All CWB members enjoy assorted benefits including discounts on boat rentals, classes, camps, store merch, and facility rentals year-round. Members at the Contributing level and above also receive a free CWB hat or t-shirt and free entry to hundreds of museums nationwide. Find a full list of member benefits here.

Want to join us as a volunteer?
The next new volunteer orientation is on Saturday, August 13th at 10 AM in the Floating Boathouse.

Learn about volunteering
We are indebted to our hard-working volunteers, staff and generous donors for keeping our boats afloat. If you're looking for ways to participate, here are some fantastic ways to support us:

Workplace Giving
Making regular contributions through payroll deductions is a simple and sustaining ways to support CWB in 2022. Benevity, YourCause, Washington State Combined Fund Drive, and King County Employee Giving Program are just a few avenues through which you can make a difference. More on this here.

Matching Gifts
Make an even bigger impact with your donation by applying for matching funds from your employer! Many generous companies support charitable giving by matching their employees’ donations of money and/or volunteer hours to nonprofit organizations. Click here for a sample list of companies known to match donations, and contact your employer’s HR office for more info.
Thank you, Sound Community Bank, for your sponsorship!
Their support keeps us going to offer access to the water to locals and visitors alike.

Have a great month! We hope to see you on the water. 

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July 2022 Newsletter

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Ahoy CWB Friends,

Summer is upon us and that means the campus is teaming with activity. Our youth camps are in full swing; the Bill Garden Boatshop is bustling with the sounds of drills and hammers as students design and build their own boats to compete in the Quick and Daring challenge at the end of the week. After three years of construction through several high school groups, the Chesapeake Light Craft designed Lake Union Swifts are launched and facilitating our updated Science of Sailing camp. Plus, we just welcomed three high school interns as part of Seattle Public Schools Launch 206 program to spend the summer with us. As always, our SailNow! Learn-to-sail program, Livery Rentals, and Lake Union Charters are available as a way to get out on the water. Let's make the most of this summer!
 

Happy Sails,

Josh Anderson
Executive Director

Did You Know Our Weekday and Diehard Passes are Valid for a Full Year?

Enjoy unlimited year-round rentals of sail, row, pedal, and paddle boats at our South Lake Union campus.
Sneak down for a lunchtime paddle, enjoy a summer row, or spend an afternoon sampling various sailboats, all with one great pass! Choose from two options: Every day or weekdays.
BROWSE PASSES

July Third Friday Speaker: Melanie Masson
Pathways to Joining the Racing Sailing Community in Seattle

Are you curious about racing but unsure where to start? Melanie will talk about her path to sailing and racing, how she has made connections in the community, and the importance of continuing to build your skills. Melanie grew up in the southeast, loving water but landlocked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She moved to Seattle in her late 20's and took up sailing (and soon thereafter racing) in 2019.

Friday, July 15 at 6PM
Via Zoom & In-person at the WEC
REGISTER

Welcome, Caleb! 

We're excited to welcome Caleb Clubb to our team as our Cama Beach Manager and Boatwright Apprentice. Caleb joins us from the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, Rhode Island, and will be leading maintenance on our Boathouse as well as vessel restoration. Volunteer shifts for both will open up in the coming weeks, and Toy Boats will continue on Saturdays. We will open up reservations at both of our Cama Beach cabins this year! 

Washington State Parks has informed us that restoration work on our Cama Boathouse will be happening this Fall, and we should be set to open next Summer with our boat rentals. We are excited to make the most of this season with Caleb on our team!
Several Pelicans Join The Fleet

Chuck, Saratoga, and Empress of Pullman have officially launched and are looking great! A big thank you to the CWB community for donating and helping us restore these lovely boats. They are now available for checkout in our livery
 
Help Keep Lake Union Clean

On July 4th, Seattle comes out to celebrate! And on July 5th, volunteers from local organization Puget Soundkeepers roll up their sleeves to clean the firework and other trash from Lake Union and Gasworks Park. They are a great local organization doing vital work not only for the environment, but for the city and everyone enjoying our parks and waterways!

If you're interested in joining this or future cleanup efforts, sign up here.

Embark on an adventure around historic Lake Union

Join us on one of our most beloved vessels, electric powered fantail launch Dora. This 26’ vessel features a raised canopy to provide protection from the elements and a 360 degree unobstructed view. Dora’s spacious layout can comfortably accommodate six passengers for a lovely afternoon or evening picnic on the lake.

To reserve a charter, and to find out more information, visit our website. Plus, Members get $75 off! 
Traditional Rig & Centerboard Sailing Clinic
 
Become comfortable rigging and have fun sailing traditional rig and centerboard boats in our fleet – like the Beetlecat, Pelican, Sprit Boat, Monk, and Lightning. You’ll learn a bit about their history and tips for sailing these boats most effectively. This 3-hour clinic starts with a shore school and moves to the lake for hands-on learning. Clinic participants will have an opportunity to sail two types of vessels including sprit, lug, gaff, yawl, and sloop rigs with the support and guidance from experienced CWB instructors.

A current CWB sailing checkout is required before registering for this clinic.
More information can be found on our website.

 
She's for Sale!  
“Othona”, 1963 41’ Buchanan / Prior Wooden Sloop

Othona is a spectacular wooden Bermudan rigged sloop; designed by Alan Buchanan and built by Prior & Sons, Burnham and Crouch, England; 2013 survey available; LOA 41’, LWL 28’ 5”, Beam 10’ 3-1/2”, Draft 6’ 6”, net 15 tons; built in accordance with Lloyds of London 100A1 class standards; Yanmar 39hp diesel (new in 2012); 4 sails, roller furling jib; “Othona” had considerable success racing in England and has crossed the Atlantic and been as far as New Zealand.

For more info, and to view other boats for sale, head to our website!

 
Summer Youth Program Registration Closing Soon

We still have spots open for our youth programs this summer! Head to our website to explore & register.

In the 10 weeks of summer CWB youth programs will serve over 300 students ages 8-15. They will get to experience designing their own boats in quick and daring, test the water PH in Science of Sailing, and learn to sail a variety of boats. 

 
Model Boat Restock!

Happily coinciding with the recent cleanup of our model boat pond, we have restocked our giftshop with model boats from our friends at Seaworthy Small Ships!
Available at our giftshop at the Wagner Education Center in South Lake Union, or via our online shop.
Speaking of the Lake Union Swifts, become a CWB member and you'll get this year's membership decal featuring that boat, plus a real wood membership card made of birch! 

All CWB members enjoy assorted benefits including discounts on boat rentals, classes, camps, store merch, and facility rentals year-round. Members at the Contributing level and above also receive a free CWB hat or t-shirt and free entry to hundreds of museums nationwide. Find a full list of member benefits here.

Want to join us as a volunteer?
The next new volunteer orientation is on Saturday, July 9th at 10 AM in the Floating Boathouse.

Learn about volunteering
We are indebted to our hard-working volunteers, staff and generous donors for keeping our boats afloat. If you're looking for ways to participate, here are some fantastic ways to support us:

Workplace Giving
Making regular contributions through payroll deductions is a simple and sustaining ways to support CWB in 2022. Benevity, YourCause, Washington State Combined Fund Drive, and King County Employee Giving Program are just a few avenues through which you can make a difference. More on this here.

Matching Gifts
Make an even bigger impact with your donation by applying for matching funds from your employer! Many generous companies support charitable giving by matching their employees’ donations of money and/or volunteer hours to nonprofit organizations. Click here for a sample list of companies known to match donations, and contact your employer’s HR office for more info.
Thank you, Sound Community Bank, for your sponsorship!
Their support keeps us going to offer access to the water to locals and visitors alike.

Have a great month! We hope to see you on the water. 

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June 2022 Newsletter

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Dear Friends,

Boating season is about to kick into high gear. Here’s hoping that June is a little less cold and rainy than May, because we’re ready to go! In a few short weeks the docks will be bustling with activity as youth summer camps start. Our adult sailing and livery vessel fleets are already in the full swing of things; and our charters calendar just opened up. It's simple from here: Let's get on the water! 

Fair winds, 

Josh Anderson
Executive Director

The Cama Beach Livery Will be CLOSED for the foreseeable future

Unfortunately, the Boathouse, seawall, and boat ramp sustained structural damage during multiple winter storms. This has significantly impacted our ability to safely operate the Cama Beach Livery this season. Washington State Parks is working on fixing the structures, but it is looking unlikely that they will be made in time for the summer.

While this is a huge disappointment, we’re going to make the most of the situation. The park is still open with cabin rentals available. Toy boatbuilding is happening every Saturday thanks to our dedicated Cama Beach Volunteer core. The break in livery will allow us to shift our attention to much needed building and vessel maintenance. We also have a new Cama Manager (who we’ll introduce in the next newsletter) starting soon! Cama Beach is a beautiful oasis and still worth the trip this summer.

Thank you for your patience! Keep an eye on our website for the latest news on the Cama Livery.

Volunteering with Olson Kundig Architects

We were excited to host several dozen architects from local architectural firm Olson Kundig, who designed our Wagner Education Center, for a day of volunteering and exposure to all we do inside the WEC and beyond!
 A big thanks to the OK team for visiting and helping us with El Toro maintenance ahead of our youth programs kicking off! The teams were also able to enjoy an Umiaq boat ride with help from CWB volunteer Lee Bjorkland, as well as a tour of several of our historic yachts.
New Lake Oswego Build Classes Online
Over the course of several classes, we were able to build most of a Lake Oswego boat with help from Boatwright Eric Hvalsoe. These upcoming classes will focus on the interior joinery needed to complete the vessel including constructing the breasthook, knees, risers, rudder, thwarts, and sole. As this is an ongoing boatbuilding project the exact projects worked on will vary from class to class depending on the previous sessions progress.

More info & Sign ups
 
Our First Lake Union Swift has Launched
We launched a new boat! The first of three, in fact. We've spent many weeks building this Chesapeake Light Craft Lake Union Swift–designed especially for us!–with local high school students, and it's such a great day to get to see the first one float. The mast and sails are ready for rigging, and these boats will be used heavily this summer by our youth sailors. One down, two to go! 

More on this boat project is featured in this month's issue of Northwest Yachting.  Huge thanks to the William E. Wockner Foundation for their ongoing support our Youth Boatbuilding Internship!
Speaking of the Lake Union Swifts, become a CWB member and you'll get this year's membership decal featuring that boat, plus a real wood membership card made of birch! 

All CWB members enjoy assorted benefits including discounts on boat rentals, classes, camps, store merch, and facility rentals year-round. Members at the Contributing level and above also receive a free CWB hat or t-shirt and free entry to hundreds of museums nationwide. Find a full list of member benefits here.

Charter Bookings Now Open

Cruise in classic elegance in one of our historical vessels. During our 90-minute cruise, a USCG-Licensed Captain will provide you with a tour of historic Lake Union featuring a gorgeous view of the Seattle skyline, Gasworks Park, Lake Union Drydock Company, and the iconic floating homes. You’re in charge and are encouraged to ask for any special routing or sights to be seen with your captain. Please feel free to bring your own food or beverages of choice. 

Members receive $75 off!

More Information Here

Your captain is ready when you are! 

Want to join us as a volunteer?
The next new volunteer orientation is on Saturday, June 11th at 10 AM in the Floating Boathouse.

Learn about volunteering
She's for Sale!  
15′ MONTANA DRIFT BOAT WITH TRAILER

This Beautifully crafted wooden/epoxy drift boat, built from “Freestone Classic 15” kit from Montana Boatboatbuilders, is ready for a new home! With different contrasting wood types, a full cover, two thigh braces and fresh interior varnish, she's a real beauty ready to drift.

For more info, and to view other boats for sale, head to our website!

Teams Charlie Whisky and Bravo to race in the Seventy48 this month

We're excited to cheer on our Development Director Melanie Masson and PR & Communications consultant Anna Coumou as they compete as teams Charlie Whisky and Bravo (get it?) in the upcoming human-powered race from Tacoma to Port Townsend; that's 70 nautical miles in 48 hours. They're competing in a pair of 17' Perception Eclipse Sealion kayaks. What a way to experience the water!

Drone footage captured by CWB volunteer Dan Suski. 

 
We're Hiring! 

We are looking to fill multiple Youth Instructors for this summer, as well as a Livery Attendant and a Boatwright-in-Residence. Spread the word! 
The Race to Alaska Movie is Out!

The epic race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan is now memorialized on film by director Zach Carver, a former CWB staff member. We are so excited to get to see this film soon! It's a fun adventure film about an epic, engineless boat race in the Pacific Northwest. Check out the trailer here.


Join the Seattle Premiere Event at SIFF Cinema Egyptian Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30 PM! You can find the nationwide schedule beyond this date and buy tickets here: The Race to Alaska


Party? We'd love to have you.

Our calendar is open for 2022 facility rental bookings – get in touch today! We often host weddings, parties, team building events, or meetings in our floating buildings. 

More information and location details here.
 
Looking forward to the 2022 Pocket Yacht Palooza & Crooza

Mark your calendar for the free July 23rd Pocket Yacht Palooza & Crooza in Port Townsend! Fifty+ small, trailerable boats will be exhibited including sail & oar, small motor cruisers, kayaks, rowing craft, and more. 

Info & Registration Here

We are indebted to our hard-working volunteers, staff and generous donors for keeping our boats afloat. If you're looking for ways to participate, here are some fantastic ways to support us:

Workplace Giving
Making regular contributions through payroll deductions is a simple and sustaining ways to support CWB in 2022. Benevity, YourCause, Washington State Combined Fund Drive, and King County Employee Giving Program are just a few avenues through which you can make a difference. More on this here.

Matching Gifts
Make an even bigger impact with your donation by applying for matching funds from your employer! Many generous companies support charitable giving by matching their employees’ donations of money and/or volunteer hours to nonprofit organizations. Click here for a sample list of companies known to match donations, and contact your employer’s HR office for more info.

Have a great month! We hope to see you on the water. 

Connect with us on social media! @centerforwoodenboats
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter
Website
Podcast
Copyright © 2022 The Center for Wooden Boats, All rights reserved.

Our mailing addresses:
SEATTLE
1010 Valley Street
Seattle, WA 98109

CAMANO ISLAND
1880 SW Camano Drive
Camano Island, WA 98282

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May 2022 Newsletter

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who came out to support CWB last month and participate in our events! It was such a great way to kick off our boating season. Our free boating day was a great success. Around 350 people got out on the water for free, with another 150 kids building a toy boat. This was our first big public event in a few years, and our volunteers came out in full force to put on a wonderful experience for many families. CWB wouldn’t thrive without the help from our volunteer community, and by the end of the week we had 97 volunteers donate their time to put on both events. Our inaugural Rendezvous on the Docks was a fantastic occasion, and it was nice to see so many familiar faces in person again. Between the online auction and the Rendezvous, we raised $95,000 in support of CWB’s programs. It’s going to be a fabulous season and thank you all so much!

Josh Anderson
Executive Director

Thank you for taking part in our Online Auction & Rendezvous! 
Two hundred people came out to our first-ever Rendezvous on the Docks, a Spring fundraiser we were able to host across our campus – in person – and we had so much fun! Together with our Online Auction we surpassed our fundraising goal, raising $95,000 while enjoying some great weather, drinks, and food from chef Keegan O'Brien and vendors Swannie's Pizza, Frankie's Smokehouse BBQ, and Gourmini's Sandwiches & Salads. We were thrilled to see so many familiar faces, and send a huge thanks to everyone who came out to join us!
Photos shown here by CWB volunteer Shelley Sabin
Free Boating Day: 350+ boat rides
Thank you to everyone who came out! 

Check out these photos from an awesome day out on the water! In just 8 hours, we were able to help 345 people get on the water for free. A total of 150 kids built a toy boat, and 50 volunteers gave their time to make it all happen! We couldn't be more excited with this great season kickoff. 
Miss out on the fun? Come down to our Livery, Wednesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 7 PM to take out a boat. Check out our website for rates and availability! 

Want to join us as a volunteer?
The next new volunteer orientation is on Saturday, May 14th at 10 AM in the Floating Boathouse.

Sign Up Here
May 2022 Third Friday Speaker: Tyson Trudel

Getting Kids In Boats: Seattle’s Maritime High School

Friday May 20th, 6PM – 7PM
Wagner Education Center & Livestreamed on Zoom
Tyson, once CWB's Youth Programs Manager, will share his experience coming of age as a sailor, finding his place in the maritime industry, being a parent to a sailor, and leading the Maritime Highschool as their Maritime Education Manager. With the high school's first year wrapping up, Tyson will share takeaways and strategies for maximizing joy on the water and getting that central goal accomplished: getting kids in boats.
 
Volunteer Instructor Orientation 

Do you enjoy sharing your love of sailing with others? Consider joining our team of Volunteer Sailing Instructors! We hold monthly clinics to assess skills, share our curriculum, and provide structure in becoming an instructor with our fleet of Blanchard Junior Knockabouts. 

Learn more: visit our instructor pathway and application link here!

Lake Oswego Build Nearing Completion
Over the course of several classes, we were able to build most of a Lake Oswego boat with help from Boatwright Eric Hvalsoe. With the frames steam bent in and ready for risers and rails, the Lake Oswego Rowboat will be finished in the next few weeks by volunteers and students to join the rental fleet! Keep an eye out for some pop-up shifts to help get this boat ready for the season. We can't wait to welcome a new boat to our waters!
Lake Union Swifts Launching in Just Weeks!
With the summer sailing season swiftly approaching, the high school Youth Boatbuilding interns are busy on Thursdays getting masts and booms assembled, hulls ready for paint, and watching the whirl of activity on the docks. With all parts for the boats made, we should soon see the first 3 of 4 Lake Union Swifts hit the water for our youth programs! If you stop by on a Thursday, pop into the boat shop and say hi to the students hard at work. Huge thanks to the William E. Wockner Foundation for their ongoing support our Youth Boatbuilding Internship!
She's for Sale!  
Phil Bolger Bobcat Sailboat “Black Cat”

12’ 3” gaff-rigged cat boat, Phil Bolger’s adaption of a Beetle Cat, built of marine plywood / epoxy. She carries 110 sq ft of sail area, complete rig – boom, gaff, mast, sail, centerboard, and barn-door rudder.

For more info, and to view other boats for sale, head to our website!

Maritime Basic & Advanced First Aid Classes

Captain Thomas E. Bliss is teaching basic and advanced maritime first aid in our Sail Loft. These courses are approved by The United States Coast Guard for OUPV – Master Mariner, Washington State L&I (Labor & Industry), and OSHA. The courses are presented in collaboration with Northwest Response.

Basic First Aid Classes coming up: 

May 14 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm: More info & registration here

We're Hiring! 

Looking for a Livery Attendant and a Boatwright-in-Residence. Spread the word! 
Beanies, Hats and Sunhats are BACK!
Spring gives us all kinds of weather–and we have a hat for every part of it! Check out our new beanies, sunhats and ballcaps in our online store.

Browse at the Wagner Education Center in South Lake Union, Wednesday – Sunday 11 AM – 7 PM, or order online. 
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