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Jefferson County International Airport is located approximately four miles southwest of Port Townsend, between State Routes 19 and 20, with the driving entrance from Route 19. This general aviation airport has a single 3,000 foot east-west runway.
Jefferson County International Airport. If Port Townsend is your first stop when traveling from Canada or another nation, you are required to clear U.S. Customs as soon as you arrive. Call 360-460-6857, to schedule a clearance appointment. When you land, you are required to proceed to the Customs waiting area, where the inspector will meet you. In order to avoid delays, you should contact the local U.S. Customs office at least one hour prior to your arrival.
The U.S. Customs waiting area is at the east end of the ramp for your privacy, and there are signs directing you there. The yellow sign with the arrow is located on the left side of the south taxiway, and points you toward the east end of the ramp, adjacent to the helicopter landing zone. Please remain at the waiting area until the Customs officer clears you to proceed. Aircraft may not land at any private airstrips until the aircraft has been cleared into the United States by a Customs officer at a designated airport.
For general information, including import restrictions, please link to the U.S. Customs & Border Protection web site.
Pilots know best how to operate their aircraft so that they create the least amount of noise.
These recommended procedures are not meant to interfere with safety, good judgment, FAA rules, or with techniques that good pilots know will help reduce ground noise from their aircraft.
Jefferson County International Airport is adjacent to residential areas. Because of this, some residents are very sensitive to noise from aircraft. These recommended procedures are designed to reduce aircraft noise for the community while keeping visiting aircraft and their operators welcome. Pilots are requested to follow these procedures with respect for the local residents and for other pilots.
SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT. It is understood that FAA rules, weather and safety considerations may at times require deviation from these procedures.
THERE IS NO SUBSTIUTE FOR ALERTNESS IN THE
VICINITY OF AN UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT.
WATCH OUT FOR UNANNOUNCED TRAFFIC!
We at Jefferson County International Airport are dedicated to being good neighbors. Please help us by practicing the following recommended procedures.
Surrounded on three sides by water, Port Townsend is an unmatched destination for boaters and maritime enthusiasts.
On the Water in Port Townsend. The area is home to many of the best boat building and maintaining craftsmen and women in the world. Many of the marine trades firms specialize in working with wooden boats of all eras. Others do much of their work with more modern materials and leading edge technologies.
Port Townsend is home to the renowned Wooden Boat Festival – the first and largest such gathering in North America, and now a year-round destination and resource for wooden boat enthusiasts worldwide thanks to the activities of the Northwest Maritime Center.
Maritime activities are clustered in the Point Hudson Marina in the heart of the historic and civic district of downtown Port Townsend, and in the Boat Haven area at the entrance to downtown. Visit the Port of Port Townsend website for more information on services in each location.
In addition to kayaking, rowing, and sailing, Port Townsend is known as a premier whale watching destination – with close access to the Southern Resident Pods of orcas (killer whales) who live off of our waters.
So bring your kayak, sail into Port Townsend Bay and drop anchor or get a slip at one of the marinas – we’ll see you on the water!
Western Flyer in Port Townsend– an historic boat once used by author John Steinbeck, is currently being restored at the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven, after a year underwater and an uncertain future.
Western Flyer in Port Townsend. The 72-foot vessel was built by Tacoma’s Western Boat Building Co. in 1937. In 1940, the seiner was chartered in Monterey, California, by American literary giant John Steinbeck and his friend Ed “Doc” Ricketts for a six-week biological collecting expedition that was the subject of Steinbeck’s 1951 book, “The Log from the Sea of Cortez.”
The boat’s new owner, John Gregg of California, decided to do the restoration work in Port Townsend, after visiting the area:
“Guys were working with hand tools and caulking boats – there is just a lot of local knowledge there that I don’t think is duplicated anywhere else on the West Coast. So I realized right away that that boat had to stay there.”
Mark Stout of Scow Bay Boats of Port Townsend, is overseeing the project, and will draw from the local talent pool to conduct the repairs.
Once the 2 year, $2 million restoration is completed, Gregg plans to sail the boat to Monterey Bay in California for use as an educational center.
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — Famous authors can make their boats famous too: Hemingway, Darwin, Cousteau, even Humphrey Bogart. Famous boats often fall into disrepair before a resurrection.
Such is the case in Port Townsend, where they are getting started on a $2 million restoration of “The Western Flyer” on which John Steinbeck wrote “The Log of the Sea of Cortez.”
“There she is. You can see she’s a little caved in there,” said Peter Quinn, Steinbeck fan and owner of Port Townsend’s Imprint Bookstore.
There she is, indeed, sitting in the Port of Port Townsend’s public boat yard hoisted onto dry land struts. Weathered, aged and nearly a lost hope. She has certainly lost her dignity, covered in mud and barnacles. But, after a year or so underwater in the La Connor Channel, it was hauled to Port Townsend largely because the port has an extremely large crane.
So, the story of “The Western Flyer” is not over. In fact, it faces a magnificent new chapter.
“The Log of the Sea of Cortez” was a 1951 Steinbeck non-fiction book chronicling the sea and nature during a 6,000-mile voyage with scientist friend Doc Ricketts. Steinbeck rented the sardine fishing boat and had it sailed to Mexico. The boat was built in Tacoma in 1937.
Steinbeck also wrote “Cannery Row,” “Of Mice and Men,” “The Grapes of Wrath” and more.
Quinn, given to spiritual refrains, says “the universe lined things up and brought the boat to Port Townsend,” the perfect place because it is a well-known literary town and renowned for its wooden boat craftsmen. Quinn says the town is thrilled that California businessman John Gregg, the new owner, ended the scuffle for ownership.
“The good news is that Mr. Gregg appears to want to keep her whole,” he said, “and put her back together again here in Port Townsend where we have some of the best shipwrights in the world.”
Work on “The Western Flyer” is just getting started, fixing the ladder Steinbeck climbed, the door he used, even the stem where Steinbeck may have manned the wheel.
Interior photos show why restoration could cost $2 million: it is a mess but structurally intact.
Still, Steinbeck fans are here gawking.
“Interestingly, people have come from other countries say ‘We’re here to see Steinbeck’s boat’,” said Quinn.
“The first place I wanted to stop was right here with this vessel,” said Dan Jacobs, visiting from Bainbridge island with his wife.
Port Townsend officials are thrilled.
“We’ll find people down here obviously Steinbeck fans, putting their hands on the hull channeling Steinbeck,” chuckled Larry Crockett, Executive Director of the Port of Port Townsend. “Yea, it’s a wonderful story. It really is.”
Quinn reads from “The Log from the Sea of Cortez”: “The sight steering is a compromise of perfection which allows your boat to exist at all”
He said Steinbeck and the boat are intertwined, and always will be.
“Western Flyer’s all clear now,” Quinn quotes before closing the book.
It’ll take about two years to complete the restoration. Maybe move, given the shape of things. And the folks around Port Townsend fully expect to see an ever increasing Steinbeck tourism boom during the restoration until it sets sail for Monterey.
The Great Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race – 2016. Take a generous portion of adventure, mix in some garage engineering and creative artistic license, then stir vigorously amongst enthusiastic fans, and you have a recipe for the most kaptivating form of racing: Kinetic Sculpture Racing. Fascinating to watch, Kinetic Sculptures are functional works of engineering art. Their designs can vary from simple one-person contraptions, to high tech, multi-pilot marvels with lengths of over seventy-five feet! After the creators of these kineticly inspired dream machines spend weeks, days, and months designing and building their sculptures, they face the challenge of completing a race course consisting of many terrain types. These types of terrain can be as easy as a paved road, or as messy as a sticky quagmire of mud. Sometimes the terrain becomes as dangerous as a choppy bay or a swift flowing river.
The origins of this colorful contest of human and machine dates back to Mother’s Day 1969 in the quaint Victorian town of Ferndale, California. Before that first race, a local artist named Hobart Brown made a few artistic improvements to his son Justin’s tri-cycle. After completion, Hobart displayed the newly created pentacycle in front of his art gallery. A nearby shop owner named Jack Mays created his own kinetic art sculpture and challenged Hobart to a race down Main street. As word caught on, other area artists joined in the race. Soon there were a dozen human powered art sculptures entered to race down Main street that first time. It is noted that neither Hobart nor Jack won that first race.
As the vehicles evolved, the more challenging elements of water and mud were introduced to the race course. In the interest of economy and self-sufficiency, the requirement to carry everything needed to negotiate a multi-terrain environment was deemed necessary. A kineticnaut (or kinetic pilot) had to be prepared for many hazards or breakdowns. Mastering the course without assistance is paramount to the philosophy of Kinetic Sculpture Racing.
Later, in 1983, the Greater Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race was held, making the Port Townsend the third oldest race on the ever growing Kinetic Racing circuit. The Port Townsend race still holds to the original values and spirit of the first race held in Ferndale. Relying on grass roots support, the Port Townsend race is one of the few remaining kinetic races that are not owned by a corporation. It is an independent race, with the volunteer organizers priding themselves on keeping the grass roots & kinetic spirit alive.
Today, fourty-four years after the first race, Kinetic Sculpture Racing has become a worldwide phenomenon. Races are now being held in not only Ferndale and Port Townsend, but the kinetic sculpture-racing concept has spread to Boulder, Colorado; Corvallis, Oregon; Ventura, California; Baltimore, Maryland; and Portland, Oregon. The kinetic race has become an international event with the addition of the Poland race and the Perth, Australia race. More races that are international are coming in the future. Races are now being organized in England, Germany, South Africa, and Japan. Kinetic sculpture racing has become a conduit for peaceful international competition and lasting relationships.
What started out to be a friendly, creative home town race has now grown up to be a philosophical, artistic, engineering movement, with a devoted following worldwide. It has become an appealing visual attraction drawing international media attention. The Kinetic Sculpture Race enjoys the reputation as a fun spectator sport, entertaining fans from all corners of the globe. These kineticnauts and their wacky Kontraptions; have won the hearts, and imaginations of all who witness this eccentric, eclectic pageantry of human powered machinery.
SAVE THE DATE!
Kitchen Tour – 2016. Our popular self-guided tour of outstanding kitchens returns on April 30!
19th Annual AAUW/UWF Kitchen Tour
10:00 – 4:00 , April 30, 2016 in Port Townsend
Purchase tickets in Port Townsend at Kitchen and Bath Studio; What’s Cookin!; Quimper Mercantile; Green Eyeshade, In Sequim at Over the Fence; in Port Angeles at Fiddleheads and Swains; Dana Pointe Interiors in Port Ludlow; or the Chimacum Corner Farmstand.
The Hospitality Center located at the Presbyterian Church,1111 Franklin Ave will have tickets the day of the Tour.
Proceeds support scholarships and education projects in East Jefferson County.
Facebook: Port Townsend Kitchen Tour
AAUW Port Townsend supports education in East Jefferson County in many ways.
AAUW Port Townsend and Chimacum Creek Primary School are partners in the Kindergarten Phonics Project. Volunteers work on basic reading skills with groups of three to four students. For the last five school years, the Phonics Project has helped Chimacum Creek kindergartners master reading and spelling skills far beyond previous classes.
More information about the Phonics Project
AAUW members have partnered with others in the community to improve the math competency of third graders in Port Townsend, Chimacum, and Quilcene, using small-group activities and individualized computer instruction.
More information about the Math Project
Each spring, Port Townsend AAUW sponsors a Career Day for eighth-grade students in Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene. The middle school students have a chance to interact with local professionals and learn about careers which may interest them. Sometimes such contacts help give students a direction, and may inspire them to continue their education.
More information about the Career Day
Grant Street Literacy Project
AAUW’s Grant Street Kindergarten Tutoring Program provides targettetd students with one-on-one attention to improve essential pre-reading skills.
More information about the Grant Street Program
Race to Alaska. Last year 35 teams started, 15 finished.
We doubt Larry Ellison and his America’s Cup boats could even finish.
We invited him to change our minds.
Race to Alaska. The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune.
It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind.
It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat,
with a chance of drowning
…being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear.
There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on god’s green earth.
You, a boat, a starting gun
$10,000 if you finish first,
A set of steak knives if you’re second,
Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course.
Self-supported race: no supply drops, no safety net.
Any boat without an engine can enter.
Stage 1: Proving Grounds-
Port Townsend to Victoria BC (40 miles)
R2AK starts with an initial race across open water, two sets of shipping lanes, and an international border. The first stage is designed as a qualifier for the full race and as a stand-alone 40 mile sprint for people who just want to put their toe in.
If you want to be a part of R2AK but don’t have the time or inclination for the full race- join for a full day of all out racing across some of the biggest water in the course. Racers continuing on will clear Canadian customs in Victoria.
Stage one winners get to bask in the glory for a full day and a half.
Stage 2: Long haul North-
Victoria BC to Ketchikan (710 miles)
Racers start in Victoria at high noon on Sunday, June 26th and continue until they reach Ketchikan or are tapped out by the sweep boat.
Other than two waypoints at Seymour Narrows and Bella Bella, there is no official course. To quote the bard: You can go your own way.
If that sounds like your brand of whiskey, sign on to attempt its second year.
Become a sponsor and be a part of the next great adventure.
Better decide soon. We close the doors to applications on April 15.
2016 race packet can be found here: RACE PACKET