24th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta – February 28, 2015

Post courtesy of the NW Maritime Center

The 2015 season starts February 28th with the Shipwrights' Regatta.

The 2015 season starts February 28th with the Shipwrights’ Regatta.

The sailboat racing season in Port Townsend opens with the Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta in February.

The Northwest Maritime Center & Wooden Boat Foundation, in conjunction with the Port Townsend Sailing Association, present the 24th Annual Shipwright’s Regatta! Boats of all construction are welcome.

As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing but do not have a boat. Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers’ Meeting and be connected with skippers looking for crew. Make sure you have appropriate clothing and safety gear for the often challenging conditions that come with a February race on Port Townsend Bay.

Door Prizes! Perpetual Awards! Chance to win a free haul out for two lucky racers!

Boats of all construction & crew without boats welcome.

• Skipper’s Meeting at 9 am at the NWMC
• Complimentary coffee provided by Sunrise Coffee
• Race starts at 12 noon on Port Townsend Bay
• Awards ceremony & refreshments at NWMC following race

Entry fee: $20 before February 15
$25 after February 15
Registrations accepted until 9am on race day

Register early by picking up a form at the NWMC or calling 360.385.3628 x104.

Special thanks to our sponsors:
Port of Port Townsend • Port Townsend Brewing Co. • Sunrise Coffee • Sea Marine

By |2015-03-01T08:28:28-08:00February 10th, 2015|Racing on the Bay, Wood Boat Foundation, Wood boats|0 Comments

Jim Daubenberger and Ed Barcott Awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards

Two of Port Townsend’s most influential sailors, Jim Daubenberger and Ed Barcott, were awarded the Wooden Boat Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 WBF. Port Townsend is often described as a sailor’s town but in more recent times it was not always so. Through their efforts, and the efforts of others they inspired, sailing and sailboat racing continue to flourish on our Bay. Here’s a tribute to Jim Daubenberger from the Port Townsend Leader.

Daubenberger helped launch PT’s modern sailing legacy

Sea Scout lessons Jim Daubenberger gives Sea Scout lessons to young sailors at Port Townsend Boat Haven. The building in the background is the former DeLeo Brothers lumber shed, now the site of the Harborside Motel.

Sea Scout lessons
Jim Daubenberger gives Sea Scout lessons to young sailors at Port Townsend Boat Haven. The building in the background is the former DeLeo Brothers lumber shed, now the site of the Harborside Motel.

Jim “Daubie” Daubenberger’s passion for sailing took him to the water for the first time in 1937, when, at the age of 13, he hatched a plan to sail Discovery Bay in a rented rowboat using his dad’s pup tent for a sail.

There was no Internet and barely any information available about sailing. His sail plan came from a picture he found in the dictionary. Jim gathered the parts for his sailing rig in the family’s backyard and garage. He borrowed some line and his dad’s pup tent, but was not allowed to cut or alter either in any way. He found a couple of poles for a mast and boom.

Then, on a weekend trip to a family picnic spot on Adelma Beach on Discovery Bay, he put his boat together. He lashed the two poles together to make the mast and boom, folded the heavy cotton tent into a triangle and tied it to the makeshift rig, rented a rowboat for a dime and start rowing toward Beckett Point.

Jim rowed upwind until he couldn’t wait any longer, turned the boat downwind, shipped the oars, fixed his sailing rig at the forward thwart, held one of the oars at the transom for a rudder and, reminiscent of a Jack London story, was off on his first sailing adventure. He sailed that day, rowing upwind then sailing downwind, until he was forced to return the boat to the rental stable. That was the beginning of his lifelong love of sailing.

Another sailing opportunity arose in Port Townsend a year or two later. The local Sea Scout Troop acquired a 40-foot Navy launch rigged for sailing as a ketch. Jim was not old enough to join the Sea Scouts, so was not allowed to sail with his friends Bobby Jones and Bob Porter. Undeterred, he spent hours hanging around on the dock with his friends while the boat was being fixed up. Soaking up the paint- and pine-tar-filled atmosphere fueled his fire to learn how to sail.

story continues here

By |2014-09-06T08:40:33-07:00September 6th, 2014|Sailing on the Bay, Wood Boat Foundation|0 Comments

Classic Mariners Regatta Results

Lovely weekend well spent for the boats that came out for the 2014 edition of the Classic Mariners Regatta. All the classes saw close racing and in more than one there was a one point difference between first and second, and one more point between second and third.

We had good conditions, if a bit spotty on Sunday for the longer race.  27 boats participated.  Because there were only three 6 Meter entries and only 4 T-birds, they got the first start together (though scored as separate classes). There was only one schooner that didn’t want to sail in A class (think MARTHA and LUCKY STAR) so they raced with the B class.  Thus there were 4 starts for 5 classes.

The “inshore” class was a bit problematic since we had two planning dinghies (TRUDY and CHARM) and two non-planning inshore boats (FETCH and FREYA).

The RC Committee’s Choice award was a hard call.  There were no examples of exemplary sportsmanship or mind bending strategies.  We thought about DORADO, since with Daubie’s influence they give a cheer to the RC after every race.  We considered SPARKLE, since they gave a beer to one of the mark boats (and placed first in every A race).  Finally we chose FREYA–excellent sailing, fun attitude and an all woman crew.

In the end, SASKIA II took home first in the Six Meter class by one point over ST. FRANCIS V. SPARKLE, who has been strong all year, took home first in PHRF A. and MYRICA got first in PHRF B by one point over VITO DUMAS (followed by AURA, one point behind for third). No surprise in T-Birds where DORADO was the winner, and CHARM won the inshore class.

There was also a memorial flag this year for Don Haviland, one of the PTSA’s founders and a long time wooden boat stalwart.  It will be at his memorial service. Full results follow the break.


By |2019-04-13T13:42:15-07:00June 10th, 2014|Racing on the Bay, Wood Boat Foundation, Wood boats|0 Comments

Old Ships, Big Waves

Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget posted on pressure-drop.us

Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget posted on pressure-drop.us

Halsey Herreshoff in his excellent talk at the NW Maritime Center identified the south of France as today’s epicenter of historic sailing vessels. If you are going to be in big Mediterranean seas, these look like the ships to be in. Photographed at the ongoing Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.

More pictures and complete story here


By |2013-10-04T09:18:25-07:00October 4th, 2013|Wood Boat Foundation, Wood boats|0 Comments

22nd Annual 2013 Shipwrights’ Regatta Perpetual Awards

From Ace Spragg, the hard working Waterfront Programs Manager at the Northwest Maritime Center

Special thanks to the regatta sponsors:
Port of Port Townsend • Port Townsend Brewing Co. • Sunrise Coffee • Sea Marine • Northwest Marine Center of Excellence

  • TAKU AWARD: First wooden boat across the START line: Won by: Sirocco
  • PEG LEG: First boat across the FINISH line: Dew Flicker
  • THE HOOK: Last boat across the FINISH line: Idrill
  • THE GOLDEN TRIDENT: Saltiest boat or crew: Deadwood, who capsized 3 times!
  • DIRECTIONAL HELMET: not awarded, since everyone made it in safely in a squall!
  • WACK-O-MATIC: Best use of misspent energy: Pegasus who had trouble with their spinnaker in the water on the first mark, but kept on sailing fast!
  • METAL WIRE BOAT: First place in Cruising: Stepn’Annie
  • VAN HOPE COMMUNITY AWARD (haul out given by the Port of PT): Most young people (under 20) or youngest on board: Pegasus
  • MOST PICKUP CREW (haul out given by Sea Marine): Tzieu!

Race Results – all boats entered are listed below, to reflect their commitment to sailing, despite the variable conditions! The wind and weather changed from sunny, warm and less than 10 knots of wind at 12:15 to cold, rainy and gusts to 30 with 3 foot waves by 12:45. Yikes!


By |2013-03-05T12:22:25-08:00March 5th, 2013|Racing out of the Bay, Wood Boat Foundation|0 Comments

Shipwrights’ First Pics

More fun than a barrel of monkeys. Wind went from 5 to 35, good part about the rain was it washed the salt off your face. Fun times indeed. It’s gonna be a good year.

Thanks, Wendy Feltham for the first shots. More pics and information to follow.

Before the start …

#1of 6 3:2:13

The front starts to show up on the first beat to windward …#4 of 6 3:2:13

Hello …#6 of 6 3:2:13

By |2013-03-02T15:40:37-08:00March 2nd, 2013|Racing on the Bay, Wood Boat Foundation|0 Comments