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I had never heard of Port Townsend on that fateful day that I drove into the Boat Haven Boat Yard.  The very first boat I saw was John Guzzwells Endangered Species, I was so excited I literally jumped out of a moving car and ran over to touch it.

Port Townsend wooden boat festiville

I have been fortunate enough to make it to every show since including last year when I had to hitchhike to PT and couch surf.  Things are a bit different this year, I will be arriving in style and staying in the Port Hudson Marina for the festival.

Pot Townsend Wooden Boat Show 2015

PT isn’t just a show, its a festival for boaters both sail and power, young and old.  An opportunity to see the ships that plied the seas before GPS and iPads.  The classics that young adventurers explored on before the modern world had taken over.

Falmouth Cutter 22

Karen and Jim will be my first show, followed by Lin and Larry and Steven Callahan.  Its about learning, sharing and meeting new friends who all share a love for the sea.

Port Townsend Boat show

Every year I have made wonderful new friends, the carnival atmoshpere is the greatest show on earth.  Keep your eyes open you never know what famous sailor will be sitting next to you.

Port Townsend Wooden Boat festival

There will be pirates and swashbucklers, mermaids and sirens.  Last year we found our way onto a tall ship on a warm balmy night, it was the rhythmic beat of the drums that lured us down to the wharf and the belly dancing bilge babes that kept us there.

Port Townsend wooden boat festival

I’ve always dreamed of spending a winter sailing out of Port Townsend with all the crusty old salts that have forgotten more about sailing than I will ever know.  Maybe this is the year I find work in this beautiful town and fulfill yet another dream.

Falmouth Cutter

I love you Port Townsend