25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta

25th Annual Shipwrights' Regatta, February 27, 2016.

25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta, February 27, 2016.

25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta to be held February 27th!
The 2016 sailboat racing season opens with the Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 27th.  A well-loved regional tradition is celebrating its 25th year.   This year we look back and celebrate 25 years of winter sailing, in snow and sleet, gale force to flat calm, Port Townsend Bay has seen it all.  This friendly regatta is sponsored by The Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC), Wooden Boat Foundation (WBF), Port Townsend Sailing Association (PTSA), and Edensaw Woods.  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.

Registration forms are currently available at the Chandlery located at the NWMC at 431 Water Street as well as on-line here.  Last-minute registrations will be accepted between 8:00-9:00 am on Saturday February 27th, the Skippers’ Meeting will follow at 9am.  The Skippers’ Meeting will be held upstairs at the NWMC with coffee provided by Sunrise Coffee.  The race starts at 12:00 noon on Port Townsend Bay.  An awards ceremony will be held at approximately 4:00pm upstairs at the NWMC.  Beer and snacks will be provided as well as the usual perpetual awards, laughter, and comradery. A free haul-out will be awarded to two lucky sailors, courtesy of Sea Marine and the Port of Port Townsend.

Please join us in celebrating 25 years of the Shipwrights’ Regatta here in beautiful Port Townsend, WA.

For more information please contact:
Catherine Leporati
Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-385-3628 x 104

By |2016-01-29T10:27:20-08:00January 30th, 2016|Race Reminder|0 Comments

From Timber To Tide

From Timber To Tide from Pixillion on Vimeo.

This film documents Ben Harris’ love of wood work and boat building, how he acquired his skills, and how incredible it is to be able to take something that you’ve built with your own hands out onto the water and sail it across the sea.

Who is Ben Harris?

Ben has always loved wood. His mother said that his first word was ‘log’. He has been working with wood throughout the UK since the age of 15. First as an assistant to a cabinet maker, where he started by sharpening the tools and clearing up. He then developed his skills in furniture making and his passion for wood and forestry by working in broadleaf woodlands. Later he tuned his skills in bespoke oak-framed carpentry and went on to establish a sawmill and oak framing business in Scotland, sourcing timber from the local estates. In 2005 Ben moved to Cornwall to study boatbuilding. He has been building boats and sailing them ever since.

Thanks, Jak, for the tip.

By |2015-12-28T12:49:08-08:00December 29th, 2015|In the Yard|0 Comments

SPARKLE Shines at 45th Shaw Island Classic

PTSA member Guy Hupy and the SPARKLE crew won "First in Division" and "First Overall Monohull" at the 45th Annual Shaw Island Classic. <br>Photo by Kim Carver

PTSA member Guy Hupy and the SPARKLE crew won “First in Division” and “First Overall Monohull” at the 45th Annual Shaw Island Classic. Photo by Kim Carver

The 45th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race was held on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club. According to the Journal of the San Juan Islands “The race, with 35 boats participating, started at noon with a light breeze. All entrants made it past the half-way point, but the wind came to a stand-still back at the mouth of Friday Harbor.”

In the end, Guy and the crew of the mighty SPARKLE won First in Division and First Overall Monohull.


PTSA’s Tulip Morrow shows off SPARKLE’s latest “1st in Class” flag. Photo by Kim Carver.

By |2015-08-12T21:12:09-07:00August 12th, 2015|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

MARTHA Gearing up for Monday Transpac Start

Ted Pike made the journey from Port Townsend to visit and sail on MARTHA,  It’s good to see friends from Port Townsend.  Edensaw Woods has been a strong supporter of our endeavors at the Schooner Martha Foundation and we thank them for their support.

Ted Pike made the journey from Port Townsend to visit and sail on MARTHA, It’s good to see friends from Port Townsend. Edensaw Woods has been a strong supporter of our endeavors at the Schooner Martha Foundation and we thank them for their support.

MARTHA is preparing for a San Francisco departure and the crew have all gathered for a Friday evening dinner at the Saint Francis Yacht Club. Special thanks to the Saint Francis for hosting MARTHA the week before our departure for Longbeach.

We find it an interesting fact that as MARTHA and crew prepare,  we are dockside only a few feet from where MARTHA was built in 1907 at the site of W.F. Stone Boatyard.

In addition, inside displayed at the Club are DORADE’s 2013 Transpac Trophies;  so imagine a lovely evening with a perfect view of the bay.  MARTHA’s crew enjoyed a evening of good food,  conversation and laughter warmed by the glow from the venerable Transpac Trophy and photos of the Champion DORADE.

Before we depart we want to warmly thank the various friends, old and new, who have made MARTHA’s visit a memorable one.

The San Francisco Yacht Club, Encinal Yacht Club and Saint Francis Yacht Club, who’s members, staff and Flag Officers have been warm and helpful in celebrating MARTHA’s return visit to the Bay Area.

The clock for the Transpac launch is in countdown mode,  MARTHA and crew are finishing up small projects in preparation for delivery to Long Beach and we will sail out of the Golden Gate on Saturday with a Monday, July 13th start.

The Transpac tracker can be accessed here.

By |2015-07-12T18:51:38-07:00July 12th, 2015|Racing out of the Bay, Wood boats|0 Comments

Local Girl Arrives in the South of France

News from SIROCCO’s new owner…


SIROCCO rolls out of her shipping container in the South of France.

Dear Steve,

Sirocco just arrived today in Marseille, after one and half month of ocean
crossing, and more than one half planet round circle !

She has  arrived in perfect shape and seem to have been very well protected
inside the container.

We put her back in the water this afternoon with no worry.  Some water licks
(expected) but surprisingly very few, after 45 days spent inside a container
box .

She has tested the Mediterranean water for the first time, and seems to love
it … .

Letter continues and more pictures after the break


By |2014-07-30T17:40:34-07:00July 30th, 2014|On the Water|0 Comments

Farewell SIROCCO

One our Bay's quickest and loveliest boats, Steve Scharf's SIROCCO.

One our Bay’s quickest and loveliest boats, Steve Scharf’s SIROCCO.

by Larry Fisher

It’s often said that all boats are for sale, yet it was hard to believe the rumors we started to hear a few months ago. Could it possibly be true that Steve Scharf was preparing to part with Sirocco? For even in a town blessed with more than its share of special boats, Sirocco was a standout: beautiful, fast, meticulously maintained, and possessed of an esprit de corps that the rest of the fleet could only envy.

But after 10 years Steve has sold Sirocco to a wooden boat enthusiast in the south of France, where she will grace the vintage racing scene out of Marseilles. A fairy tale ending to a local love story? Well, sort of, Steve explains.

“I got his email out of the blue,” Steve says. “I was thinking about selling, but I wanted to do the first PTSA series, the Classic Mariners Regatta. But he wants the boat now.”

Steve says he was motivated to sell partly by the high cost of keeping Sirocco in top shape–like any high maintenance love she demands a lot of attention. But he also cited the changing shape of the Port Townsend fleet, which no longer features vintage racing boats of similar length and performance to Sirocco. “This is no longer a real wooden boat racing town,” he says. “Sirocco has no one to play with.”


By |2014-05-06T09:19:44-07:00May 6th, 2014|Club News, On the Water, Wood boats|0 Comments

Don Haviland

Don Haviland, July 14, 1948 – January 7, 2014

Don Haviland, July 14, 1948 – January 7, 2014

We lost Don Haviland in January, after a two year battle with cancer. Don was an active member of our sailing community over the past decade, racing, cruising, working for PTSA and the Moorage Tenant’s Union. It was common to see Don and wife Karen Lee out in the bay on their Rhodes-designed sloop, CUBANA.

Don was treasurer of the original PTSA board and contributed a lot to its formation and function. He took the job very seriously and kept us “in the black” and up to date. He helped with the other records, the race courses and buoy placement as well. He loved wooden boats and wanted to see more of them on the bay.

Sailing since he was a child, Don raced his Blanchard out of Leschi on Lake Washington in the 80’s and 90’s and participated in several Swiftsure races – skippering his own boat or crewing for others. His stewardship and restoration of CUBANA underlined his care and concern for the continuing well-being of the wooden boats he loved.

A professional skier as well as avid sailor, he often said that a perfect day means skiing in the morning and sailing through the afternoon. A mid-summer gathering of family and friends will celebrate his life and legacy.

The family asks that memorial donations be sent to the PT High School sailing team. You can send a check to the Maritime Center and enter PTHSST in the memo field. Maritime Center address is 431 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

We will miss seeing you out there, Don!

By |2014-03-01T16:21:31-08:00March 1st, 2014|Club News|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