The 2022 Regatta was one great, wonderful adventure with good breeze and bright skies.

We were joined by over 30 boats and 150+ community members 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!



Video produced by CWB volunteer J.A. Wiley

Join us September 24 for the 17th Annual Norm Blanchard W.O.O.D. Regatta!
The Center for Wooden Boats’ 17th Norm Blanchard W.O.O.D. (Wooden Open & One Design) Regatta honors the best known name in wooden boatbuilding and yachting in the Pacific Northwest. Norman C. Blanchard’s Blanchard Boat Company turned out more than 2,000 boats in 60+ years during the past century. Quality, performance and longevity are the hallmarks of Norm Blanchard.

The Norm Blanchard W.O.O.D. Regatta is open to all wooden boats - from El Toros to large racer cruisers. We also welcome the non-wood versions of traditional wood one-designs (e.g. Lightnings, Thunderbirds, San Juans, El Toros) .

Separate prizes will be awarded for small boats, large boats, and classic plastic boats. 

Race Day Schedule, Saturday September 24, 2022

9:00 AM: Arrival, Boat and Team Assignments, Pre-Rigging

9:30 AM: Skipper’s Meeting at the CWB Docks

11:00 AM: First Start

— Break —-

4:00 PM: Last start

4:30-6:00 PM: Barbecue and Awards - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Registration is NOW OPEN! Register below.

You can…

Register Your Own Boat!

Come one, come all! Bring your boat and your fleet and race with us! Limited overnight moorage is available for participating boats, so register early. Cost to register your own boat is $30 and includes two BBQ tickets!

Race as Skipper or Crew on a CWB Boat (Large or Small)!

Don’t own a boat, or interested in participating as skipper or crew on a boat from our fleet? Bring your own team or we’ll build one with you on one of our boats for the regatta! Both skippers and crew must have a current sail checkout card with CWB. If you don’t have one, but have sailing experience, schedule an appointment with our livery staff before the regatta ASAP! Cost to join as skipper or crew on a Large CWB Boat is $50 per person. Skipper or crew a Small CWB Boat for only $25. Both Large and Small Boat registrations include a BBQ dinner ticket! (Vegetarian options will be available.)

Items of note

  • CWB Small Boat Practice: 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!

  • Volunteer Participation Option: Active CWB Volunteers with more than 45 hours of logged service the year prior to race day may request a refund (less the BBQ ticket) after holding a slot and fully participating in the regatta. We value our hardworking volunteers and want to make sure this reduced cost option is available. Please register for the regatta below as normal. All prerequisites still apply (holding a current livery card). The partial refund request is optional and should be sent within 30 days of regatta completion to:

  • Join as a Spectator and for the Barbecue and Awards: This is our End of Season Party! All are welcome and individual BBQ tickets are $10 via the registration form below. Not racing, grabbing extra BBQ tickets for your team, or just want to hang out and have fun with the teams post-race? Register for a BBQ ticket below.

Kemp Jones, winner of the 2021 Norm Blanchard Wood Regatta holds a trophy

Congratulations to the 2021 overall champion:

Kemp Jones!

(Thunderbird - Barbaree)

…Will you be our next champion?