Launch of Restored Herreshoff Sailboat, the Schooner Adventuress’ 100th Birthday and Dragonboat Racing School Highlight The Center for Wooden Boats 37th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival

Boat racing, Free boat rides, Toy Boat building, Farmboat, great food, and Sea Scouts ceremony are all reasons not to miss the fun, free, festival at Lake Union Park July 4th thru July 7th.

SEATTLE (June 28, 2013)  –  Unlike most years, The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) 37th annual Lake Union Wooden Boats Festival opens on the 4th of July with fireworks and then continues into the following weekend with the re-launch of a classic CWB sailboat, Free Boat Rides, Toy Boat Building, a special Scout Sail on the Schooner Adventuress to celebrate her 100th birthday, and Dragonboat Racing School.

The FREE Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival opens daily at 10 a.m. and runs until 6pm.  On Thursday the 4th of July, the food and beer garden will be open into the evening as crowds gather for the firework festivities.

CWB’s annual festival where you can touch Seattle’s Maritime past has become a long running 4th of July tradition.  In addition to touring dozens and dozens of restored boats, guest will enjoy maritime workshops, toy boat building and Kite Making for kids, musical treats on the festival stage and food and drink in the beer garden. If you’re coming for fireworks, you’ll be able to visit the Farmboat on the historic ship Virgina V to pick up last minute supplies.  The Wooden Boat festival runs from Independence Day the 4th of July thru Sunday July 7th at the South end of Lake Union

This year at Festival, CWB is re-launching its fully restored Herreshoff Twelve and a half gaff rigged sloop Shrimpo. Shrimpo has been part of the CWB fleet since the 1990’s, but had to be taken out of the water three years ago due to problems with her planking.  CWB volunteer Dave Bergey has spent countless hours working on Shrimpo to restore her to near original condition.  She’s being re-launched this week, and Bergey will be restoring her rigging dockside during festival so visitors can watch the process.  This design, by legendary boat builder Nat Herreshoff, has been called by some the most perfect small sailboat design ever.

On Friday, July 5th, the schooner Adventuress arrives on the festival dock with a load of Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and Sea Scouts who have been out participating in a three day “Scouts on the Sound” cruise to mark the vessel’s 100 birthday this year. Adventuress was built for exploration and has a long history of Scout cruises on Puget Sound.  She’ll be met at the dock Friday around 2pm by Sea Scouts from the area who will participate in special tours, as well and ship and shore side maritime skills demos. Young festival visitors on Friday are invited to join the fun.

Saturday, July 6th,  the Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club and Seattle SAKE Dragon Boat Club are offering Dragonboat Racing School. The two clubs, who normally compete against each other, are coming together to provide the opportunity for festival attendees (over 18 years of age or 12-17 with parent’s permission) to learn how to paddle a dragon boat and participate in a short race against other attendees.  Find out why Dragonboats have become a fixture on Seattle waters.

The Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival allows you to explore the many styles of boatbuilding in the Northwest.  All weekend boatwrights from CWB, boat designers, and outside experts in the maritime trades will conduct workshops to share their skills and knowledge in topics ranging from tool sharpening to the mysteries of varnish.  Shipwright Lee Ehrheart, owner of Havorn Marine Survey & Shipwright School, will conduce ship surveying skill demonstration on both July 4 & 5th aboard the historic tug boat Arthur Foss.

During the 4 day run of the festival, many of the larger historic boats (Adventuress, Zodiac, and Virginia V) will be conducing paid cruises so you can feel the wind in your hair from their decks. (Details at each vessel dockside or on their individual web sites)

All through the four day festival, the music stage near the beer garden will be filled with great Northwest acts.  Highlights include a July 4 appearance by acclaimed Seattle musicians William Pint & Felicia Dale, just back from an East Coast trip.  Del Rey, internationally-known blues and jazz musician, will be appearing on Friday, July 5.  On Sunday, the music will be mostly maritime, wrapping up with a Shanty Showcase with a lineup of ten Northwest maritime singers.

World Sports Grille is running the beer garden for wooden boat fans and as a special treat this year, they have organized a Northwest Microbrew and Music Night on the evening of Saturday July 6rd.  You’ll be able to buy a passport for $8 to taste the work of some of the Northwest’s best brewing minds, and all the money raised goes to support the Center for Wooden Boats.

Back by popular demand Mariners Night at the Mariners. The Seattle Mariners Baseball club is supporting CWB by offering special reduced price tickets to their game on Monday, July 8 at 7:10pm against the Boston Red Sox.  CWB and Mariner fans can go online and purchase a $25 ticket for only $20 and for every ticket sold the Mariners make a $5 donation to CWB! Purchase tickets today at www.mariners.com/CWB

The Center for Wooden Boats gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors in making it possible to bring so many wonderful boats and boat lovers together over the holiday. Sponsors include: Vulcan Real Estate, Holland American Line, World Sports Grille, West Marine, Pemco Insurance, The Seattle Mariners, Thain Boatworks/Earthwise Ventures, KPLU-FM, KUOW-FM, Classic KING-FM, The Drachen Foundation, Seafair, 4Culture, The City of Seattle office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation,  Pilgrim Media Services, and @ Lake Union Park.   We would also like to thank Seafair and its fireworks sponsors Starbucks, Microsoft and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

 Schedule

Dates: Thursday, July 4 through Sunday July 7th

Time: 10 a.m. to Fireworks on Wednesday, July 4 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday

 Location:  The Center for Wooden Boats at Lake Union Park, 1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA‎  98109

 Cost: FREE!  Donations gratefully accepted.

Getting There

Park downtown and take the Seattle Streetcar to South Lake Union or drive via Interstate 5, take the Mercer Street exit. Paid parking lots are available off Terry, Fairview and Westlake. Metered-street parking as available across Westlake and 9th Ave. The Seattle Streetcar runs from downtown to the Festival.  For Metro Transit routes contact Metro at 206-553-3000 or visit http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/cgi-bin/itin_page.pl

More Info:  Log on to www.CWB.org or call 206-382-2628

DAILY ACTIVITIES 

Free Public Rides: Take a trip on Lake Union by sail, row, paddle, steam, electric or power boat.  Boats available vary but they all fill up fast!  Sign up on dock.

Boat Building Demonstrations: Watch master craftspeople as they build kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and more.

Quick and Daring Race: Are they amazing, or just crazy?  Watch teams build a boat in 24 hours and cheer them on as they launch and race on Sunday

NW Seaport: Tour 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss.  The NWS gift shop has maritime music CDs, t-shirts and more!

Carving Cultural Connections: CWB Artist-in-Residence Sāādūūts (Robert Peele) is a Master Haida Carver who enjoys sharing the canoe building journey with people of all ages.  Visit the canoe on Waterway 3 (across the bridge in the Park) to take part in the journey,

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES 

Toy Boat Building: We supply the hull, mast, sails and tools you need.  Bring your imagination and build the boat of your dreams!  Located in the Kids’ Activities area.

Pirate Pond Boats: Sail models of the sailboat Pirate in Lake Union Park’s model boat pond!

Treasure Hunt: Kids can partake in a hunt for treasure around the festival.  There are five clues that lead you all over the park.  The first clue is in the Festival Shavings newsletter.

Kite Making:  You and your child can build, decorate and fly a kite at the festival.

Turk’s Head Knots: Learn to tie a Turk’s Head Knot and make a bracelet for your friends to admire.

WOODEN BOATS OF NOTE

Over 200 wooden boats from dinghies to sailing schooners over 130 feet in length are on public display throughout the festival.

Adventuress 133-foot National Historical Landmark schooner built in 1913 for John Borden so he could sail to Alaska try to catch a bowhead whale for the American Museum of Natural History. Adventuress will arrive on the afternoon of June 5th loaded with Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and Sea Scouts who have joined her for the “Scouts on the Sound” sail from Bellingham as part of the boats celebration of her 100th birthday. Friday evening, the public is invited aboard for a Shanty Sing, brought to you by Northwest Seaport, 7:30- 9:30pm. Saturday and Sunday, she will be open for dockside tours 10am-4pm, and going out for Festival Sails 5pm-9pm (purchase tickets at the Sound Experience booth. CWB, MOHAI, and Sound Experience members receive a discount!). More info: www.soundexp.org

Zodiac  160-foot two-masted gaff rig schooner built in 1924 and competed in the 1928 Trans Atlantic Sailing Race, taking 4th.  Zodiac was built for heirs to the Johnson & Johnson family, but was sold during the depression to the San Francisco Bar Pilots. She retired from bar pilot service in 1972 as the last working pilot schooner in the United States. In 1982 she earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. More info: http://www.schoonerzodiac.com/default.htm

Gemini  31.5 foot sloop launched in 2010 by boatbuilding students at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend. She is a Yankee One Design (YOD), a racing class designed by Starling Burgess in 1937.  Some parts of this boat were salvaged from an older Yankee named Venture which spent many years sailing at CWB.

Arroyo 42 foot sloop Seaborn design built in 1938 at Lake Union’s Blanchard Boatshop. She raced under the burgee of the  Seattle Yacht Club and won the Swiftsure Lightship Race under the name Avolante

Lotus 92-foot Edwardian house boat built in 1909 in the Sloan Boatyard in Seattle for Maurice McMicken, the legal counsel to the Washington State Legislature and publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. MV Lotus is Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is 92 feet long, 18 feet wide and can float in as little as 5.5 feet of water. She weighs 102 tons, and was designed specifically to cruise the inside passage to Alaska. More info:  http://www.mvlotus.org/

At Last 57 foot Chris Craft classic cruiser.  She was built in 1956 by Chris Craft and came to Northwest waters first in 1974.  Cruised extensively by owners from Puget Sound to Alaska, At Last fell into disrepair and neglect, finally being sold at bank auction.  But in the last year, her new owner has completed an extensive restoration and at last she’s ready to take her place back in the sun. The Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is her first show since her restoration was completed just days ago.

DAILY SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JULY 4th

10:00am Festival OPENS

10:00am Free Boat Ride Sign-ups Begin

10:00am Pond Boat Sailing in the Model Pond

11:00am Maritime skills on the Arthur Foss

11:30am Varnishing Demo in the CWB Boatshop

12:00pm Historic Vessels Horns, Bells and Whistles Sound Off

12:30pm Caulking with Joe Green, CWB Uplands

12:30pm Lake Union History Tour by MOAHI, Meet at the Boat Pond

1:00pm Storytime with Pirate Lou on the Arthur Foss

1:00pm Tool Sharpening Demo, CWB Boatshop

3:00pm Maritime skills on the Arthur Foss

3:00pm Tugboat skills on the Arthur Foss

3:30pm Green Boat Technology, CWB Boatshop

4:00pm Nautical Trivia in the Pub

6:00pm Docks close to public.

9:00pm Pub CLOSES

 

FRIDAY, JULY 5nd

10:00am Festival OPENS

10:00am Free Boat Ride Sign-ups Begin

10:00am Pond Boat Sailing in the Model Pond

11:00 Sea Scout Skill Challenge West Wall Lawn11:00am Spar Making, CWB Boatshop

11:00am Maritime skills on the Arthur Foss

12:00pm Historic Vessels Horns, Bells and Whistles Sound Off

12:00pm Ask a Boatwright, CWB Boatshop

2:00pm Green Boat Technology, CWB Boatshop

2:00pm (Approximate) Schooner Adventuress Arrives with Scouts on the Sound

3:00pm Scout Tours of Schooner Adventuress

3:00pm Maritime skills on the Arthur Foss

3:30pm Marine Painting, CWB Boatshop

4:00pm Nautical Trivia in the Pub

6:00pm Festival CLOSES

6:30pm Pub Closes

SATURDAY, JULY 6

10:00am Festival OPENS

10:00am Free Boat Ride Sign-ups Begin

10:00am Pond Boat Sailing in the Model Pond

11:00am Maritime skills on the Arthur Foss

11:00am Tool Sharpening Demo, CWB Boatshop

12:00pm Historic Vessels Horns, Bells and Whistles Sound Off

12:00pm Ask a Boatwright, CWB Boatshop

12:30pm Lake Union History Tour by MOAHI, Meet at the Boat Pond

12:30pm Celestial Navigation Demonstration on Historic Ships Wharf

12:30pm One Hour Cruise on the Virginia V

1:00pm Varnishing Demo in the CWB Boatshop

1:00pm Storytime with Pirate Lou on the Arthur Foss (Ages 5-9)

1:30pm Intro to Schooner Rigging, Schooner Lavengro

2:00pm Caulking with Joe Green, CWB Uplands

3:00pm Intro to Dragon Boat Racing, (West Entrance)

3:30pm Green Boat Technology, CWB Boatshop

3:30pm One Hour Cruise on the Virginia V

4:00pm Nautical Trivia in the Pub

6:00pm Schooners depart for evening sail (paid rides)

6:00pm Festival CLOSES

5:00pm NW Microbrew and Music in the Pub

8:00pm Pub CLOSES

 

SUNDAY, JULY 7th

10:00am Festival OPENS

10:00am Free Boat Ride Sign-ups Begin

10:00am Pond Boat Sailing in the Model Pond

11:00am Maritime skills on the Arthur Foss

11:00am Spar Making, CWB Boatshop

12:00pm Historic Vessels Horns, Bells and Whistles Sound Off

12:30pm Lake Union History Tour by MOAHI, Meet at the Boat Pond

12:30pm Ask a Boatwright, CWB Boatshop

12:30pm One Hour Cruise on the Virginia V

1:00pm Pirate Storytime with Pirate Lou on the Arthur Foss

2:00pm Green Boat Technology, CWB Boatshop

3:00pm Sea Dream: A 12 year restoration, CWB Boatshop

3:00pm Maritime skills on the Arthur Foss

3:30pm Quick and Daring Parade

3:30pm One Hour Cruise on the Virginia V

4:00pm Quick and Daring Race

6:00pm Schooners depart for evening sail (paid rides)

6:00pm Festival CLOSES

6:30pm Pub Closes

 

MONDAY, JULY 8th

7:10pm MARINERS NIGHT at MARINERS (Buy reduced price tickets to see the Seattle Mariners take on the Boston Red Sox at www.mariners.com/CWB in advance)

 

About The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with locations on Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit. To learn more about year-around maritime activities at Seattle’s Lake Union Park visit www.AtLakeUnionPark.org

Note to editors: For more information about what is happening at CWB visit our website, www.cwb.org and check in at our blog; Bearings, at https://cwbblog.wordpress.com/    For additional assistance, and information about radio and television recording at CWB, journalists should contact Dan Leach at 206-382-2628, ext. 31 or dleach@cwb.org

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