PT Leader Working Waterfront Insert A Little Confused

On pages 7 and 8 of the Working Waterfront insert to the Port Townsend Leader of 4/24/2018 there was a mixup regarding the races run by the Port Townsend Sailing Association and the classes given by the Northwest Maritime Center.  To clarify, the races listed on page 7 are run by us, and the classes that are listed starting on page 7 and continuing on to page 8 are run by the Maritime Center.

If you are new to this site – Welcome!  If you have questions please email:

Do you have a Shipwrights’ Regatta trophy from last year?

If so, please let Robin Mills (, the new program director at the Northwest Maritime Center, know.  She is collecting them so they can be given to the winners of this year’s event. Here are the trophies that Robin is looking for:

  • TAKU AWARD: First wooden boat across the START line
  • PEG LEG: First boat across the FINISH line
  • THE HOOK: Last boat across the FINISH line
  • THE GOLDEN TRIDENT: Saltiest boat or crew
  • DIRECTIONAL HELMET: Most confused boat
  • WACK-O-MATIC: Best use of misspent energy
  • METAL WIRE BOAT: First place in Cruising

The 27th annual Shipwrights’ Regatta will be held on Saturday February 24th.  It’s the first race of the year on Port Townsend Bay and it’s always a blast.  You can get all the details on the Maritime Center website.

By |2018-01-29T21:33:21-08:00January 29th, 2018|Northwest Maritime Center, Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Shipwrights’ Regatta this Saturday – 2/25/2017

Shipwrights Regatta 2016


The first race of the new year will, as usual, be the Shipwrights’ Regatta. Co-sponsored by PTSA and the Northwest Maritime Center this is always one of the funnest events of the year. Boats of all types of construction are welcome. There will be prizes, perpetual awards, and two free haul-outs given away.

To register and for more information please see the Maritime Center’s regatta page.


By |2017-02-21T18:02:30-08:00February 20th, 2017|Northwest Maritime Center, Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Racing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (June 3rd, 4th, 5th, 2016)

The PTSA summer Catspaw series starts this Friday June 2nd.  The race begins at 6pm.

On Saturday and Sunday racing in the Northwest Maritime Center Classic Mariners Regatta gets underway at noon each day.   There are several social events associated with the regatta.  See all the details about signup, skippers meeting and parties at the regatta web page.

The weather looks like it is going to be great on all three days.  There are no excuses not to get out there and have some fun on the race course.

And don’t forget there is lots more great racing coming up this summer.  See the PTSA calendar for details.


The NW Maritime Center Navigator Brunch

2015NavBrunchFinal-400x560-WRThe Northwest Maritime Center is one of the key partners of the Port Townsend Sailing Association. The Maritime Center promotes racing on the Bay, and now with R2AK out of the Bay racing as well. Without their facilities the parties, seminars, and skippers meetings of the PTSA wouldn’t be the same.

The Navigator Brunch
The Navigator Brunch is a yearly fundraiser that spotlights a particular aspect of the programming at the Northwest Maritime Center.  Each year it focuses on a different theme and invites supporters and folks curious about the NWMC mission to join together for brunch and a brief presentation.

July 18, 2015

4th Annual Navigator Brunch – Caring for the Boats that Engage, Educate and Inspire. This year the NWMC is raising funds for their fleet and mission. The event will take place upstairs at the Northwest Maritime Center. There’s a mimosa reception at 9:30 AM, followed by a program at 10 AM. The event concludes promptly at 11 AM.

Event is free, but seating is assigned, so RSVPs are required.

To reserve a spot, email or call 360.385.3628 x111.

By |2015-07-09T19:43:56-07:00July 9th, 2015|Meeting Announcement, Northwest Maritime Center|0 Comments

Don’t Miss Classic Mariners’ Regatta This Weekend



The CMR is Jun 5 th, 6th, & 7th.  Classic, traditional and historic boats of all description come from all around the region for this event.  Unfortunately, On-line Details have been eclipsed on the WBF and NWMC  websites by the R2AK and the Wooden Boat Festival.   CMR details can be found here: .

       There is a rumor, unsubstantiated but worth checking out, that FG T-birds may be allowed to slip in. (though not eligible for awards).

   In spite of what they say – they have in the past accepted late registrations at the skippers’ meeting (with an appropriate sob story).

Let’s all turn out and make one of the best classic regattas in the Northwest another resounding success!

The weather forecast looks great, sunny, 70+ deg. with steady NW winds at 10+ kts. in the pm.


Pocket Yacht Palooza PT, July 19-20

Pocket Yacht Palooza, NW Maritime Center, July 19-20

Pocket Yacht Palooza, NW Maritime Center, July 19-20

The Puget Sound area, and Port Townsend in particular, is at the epicenter of a global downsizing trend in boats, leading the way with smaller-boat designs, boatbuilding workshops, small-boat publications and events such as this weekend’s third annual Pocket Yacht Palooza, a free showing of more than 60 small boats to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.

The Pocket Yacht Palooza is organized by the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters, an informal club of small-boat owners (“no officers, no dues, no bylaws — just fun on the water with small boats”). The event is free to the public, and showcases a wide variety of designs, from camp-cruising sailboats to smaller rowboats, kayaks and some pocket-cruising powerboats.

Boats will be displayed at the Northwest Maritime Center’s First Federal Commons, along the adjoining beach and at the NWMC pier. The address is 431 Water Street, Port Townsend 98368.

On Sunday, participating boat owners will hit the water together to sail, row, paddle and/or power across Port Townsend Bay for a picnic on the beach at Ratt Island.

The worldwide downsizing in boats parallels a similar shrinkage in average house sizes (tiny homes are in), along with trends toward smaller and more fuel-efficient cars. “Small boats just make more sense in today’s economy,” said Palooza organizer Marty Loken. “Families have less time for recreation and increasingly have trouble affording the initial cost, upkeep, moorage, insurance and operating costs involved in larger boats. Besides, small boats are simply more fun, and give the owner a more intimate on-the-water experience … like riding a bike vs. driving a Kenworth.”

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By |2014-07-17T08:11:01-07:00July 17th, 2014|Northwest Maritime Center, On the Water|0 Comments

Anchor Believed From 1792 Vancouver Expedition Arrives in PT

Photo from NW Maritime Center

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND –– An anchor found six years ago by Port Angeles diver Doug Monk is being held in water at the Northwest Maritime Center as it awaits a trip to Texas to see whether it was from one of the earliest ships to sail in the Pacific Northwest.

“Now we just have to prove we’re right,” said Scott Grimm, who is half of Anchor Ventures LLC.

Grimm and Monk led an expedition Monday to retrieve the anchor from Admiralty Inlet off the coast of Whidbey Island.

They brought it back Monday night and anchored it overnight off a pier at the Port of Port Townsend’s Boat Haven.

It was pulled up Tuesday afternoon and taken to the maritime center at 431 Water St., where it will be displayed for the next few weeks in a wood and fiberglass crate made by port workers.

“It’s important to keep it underwater as much as we can,” Grimm said. “The more air gets to it, the more the chances that something might happen to it.”

Eventually, the anchor will be moved to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where Monk and Grimm hope researchers will be able to prove the anchor’s age and settle a longstanding historical dispute.

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By |2014-06-13T13:26:18-07:00June 13th, 2014|Northwest Maritime Center, On the Water|0 Comments

Linda Newland’s Remarkable Sailing Career, Wooden Boat Wednesday

Don’t want to miss this edition of Wooden Boat Wednesday at the Northwest Maritime Center. From the Port Townsend Leader.

Linda changing head sails on a solo sailing adventure

Linda changing head sails on a solo sailing adventure

Ten Japanese sailors and one American woman, Linda Weber-Rettie (now Newland) sailed non-stop from San Francisco to Kobe, Japan  in June, 1981. Linda finished sixth out of eleven in this boat for boat, non-handicapped race and still holds the record, 52 days, for a woman’s transpacific crossing

Competitors could use no electronic steering devices but relied on wind vanes. No electronic navigation devices were allowed, so celestial navigation was required. Also, all competitors had to communicate to the race committee daily on ham radio, which forced Linda to qualify for her novice license 30 days before the race began.

Linda is a retired public education administrator, a maritime attorney, sailing instructor and is Staff Commodore and life time member of Island Yacht Club in Alameda, CA, to name just a few of her positions.

Please join us for Linda’s presentation about the  events leading up to the race, photos taken on-board during the race and the events around Japan that Linda attended, on behalf of her sponsor, once she arrived.

Wooden Boat Wednesdays are free, but they do require a reservation because space is limited.  Call the registrar at 360.385.3628 x 104.

By |2015-10-20T19:07:17-07:00April 22nd, 2014|Meeting Announcement, Northwest Maritime Center|0 Comments