Port Townsend PocketYachters
We’re centered in Jefferson County, Washington–proud home of the Northwest Maritime Center, Wooden Boat Foundation, Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding and a rich maritime history.
We’re a loose-knit group–no bylaws, commodores or membership dues–just folks who love getting out on the water together in smaller boats.
How do you join the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters?
All you have to do is register (free) on our Pocket Yachters forum on Yahoo, where members and guests share information. Here’s a link to the forum:
You can also join our new Pocket Yachters Facebook page, here:
Please see our Calender of Events, at left, and e-mail Marty Loken email@example.com
if you have questions…or if you have an event to add.
Calendar of Events
Port Townsend PocketYachters. Friday, January 1 – New Years Messabout, Puget Sound TSCA Chapter, at Maylor’s Marsh, Oak Harbor (on Whidbey Island.) Event will be shifted to Jan. 2 if weather is awful on the 1st. Details:www.tsca.net/puget/
Saturday, January 2 – New Years Messabout, Ratt Island, with members of the Port
Townsend Pocket Yachters arriving from Port Townsend and/or ramps at Mystery Bay
State Park or Fort Flagler State Park. Picnic on the beach, boat talk, rowing and sailing fun.
Saturday, Feb. 27 – Annual Shipwright’s Regatta, Port Townsend Bay, organized
by the Northwest Maritime Center. $25 registration fee; various classes for larger and
smaller boats. Details:www.nwmaritime.org
March 11-14 – Drizzle Cruise, featuring a circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island, organized by Dan Rogers of eastern Washington and supported by the Pocket Yachters and Puget Sound TSCA chapter. Details:www.tsca.net/puget/
Saturday, April 2 – Bowman Bay Messabout, Puget Sound TSCA. (Just north of Deception Pass, at the north end of Whidbey Island.) Details:www.tsca.net/puget/
Saturday, April 23 – Maritime Swap Meet, Port Townsend, at the Northwest Maritime
Saturday, April 30 – Oyster Messabout, Twanoh State Park, lower Hood Canal.
Organized by the Puget Sound chapter, TSCA. Details:www.tsca.net/puget/
Saturday, May 7 – Opening Day of Boating Season festivities, Port
Townsend Bay, with Pocket Yachters taking part in the parade, then breaking away to
row/sail over to Ratt Island for a picnic…weather permitting. Details:www.porttownsendyachtclub.org
May 14 -Pull & Be Damned Small Boat Messabout, Seafarer’s Park, Anacortes, organized by the Anacortes Small Boat Center. Details:
May 27-30 – Montague Harbour Small Boat Rendezvous, Gulf Islands, B.C., organized
by Jamie Orr of the Salish Sea Small Boat Society. Details:https://salishseasmallboatrendezvous.wordpress.com/
June 3-5 – Classic Mariners Regatta, Port Townsend Bay. Northwest Maritime Center. Details:www.nwmaritime.org
Saturday, June 11 – Pocket Yacht Palooza, Northwest Maritime Center, organized by
the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters and sponsored by Sage Marine, the Northwest
School of Wooden Boatbuilding, the Puget Sound TSCA chapter and the NWMC. Details here.
June 12-15 – Palooza Crooza, as a direct extension of the annual Pocket Yacht
Palooza, featuring 30+ small boats cruising together from Port Townsend. Our tentative plan is to take advantage of extremely modest tidal action during the week and row/sail west, overnighting in Discovery Bay, Sequim Bay and perhaps also the lagoon inside of Dungeness Spit before returning to Port Townsend. Detailshere.
Wednesday, June 22 – Race to Alaska Pre-Race Ruckus, a festive party kicking off the
R2AK and featuring a display of many Race to Alaska boats at Pope Marine Park and
along the adjoining NWMC shore. Details:www.r2ak.com
Thursday, June 23 – Start of the Race to Alaska, with Stage One to Victoria, B.C.,
leaving Port Townsend at 6 a.m. on the ebb current. The second stage to Ketchikan
begins Sunday, June 26, from Victoria. Details:www.r2ak.com
July 1-4 – Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, Seattle, sponsored by the Center for Wooden Boats. Details: www.cwb.org
July 9-10 – Red Lantern Rally for SCAMP sailboats, Mystery Bay State Park,
Marrowstone Island, organized by Small Craft Advisor magazine. Details:www.smallcraftadvisor.com
July 8-11 – Sucia Island Small Boat Rendezvous, in the San Juans, organized by Jamie Orr or the Salish Sea Small Boat Society. Details:https://salishseasmallboatrendezvous.wordpress.com/
Saturday, July 16 – Boat School Sail-In, in Port Hadlock at the Northwest School of
Wooden Boatbuilding. Co-sponsored by the Boat School, Puget Sound chapter of
TSCA and the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters. Details: www.nwswb.edu
August 4-7 – Lake Ozette Trailerable Gathering,launching at the Lake Ozette Ranger Station ramp in Olympic National Park. The event has been conceived as a two-parter, with retired members (or anyone else who wants to spend more time on the water) launching on the 4th or 5th, with all of the early-phase boats gathering on the beach at Ericsson Bay Friday evening. Others who only have the weekend off can join in the fun Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7, with all boats at Ericsson Bay for a gathering Saturday evening. There is a pit toilet at Ericsson Bay; a Wilderness Permit is required ($5/day) and parking at the Ranger Station lot costs $20 for seven consecutive days unless you have a National/Federal parks senior card. For details, contact organizer Doug Korlann by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call his cell, (206) 963-0052.
Saturday, August 13 – Jetty Island Messabout, near the Everett waterfront,
organized by the Puget Sound TSCA chapter. Details:www.tsca.net/puget/
September 9-11 – Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, Point Hudson Marina and adjoining grounds including the
sponsoring Northwest Maritime Center. (This will be a special 40th Anniversary celebration with special emphasis on small boats–getting back to the 1977 roots of the Wooden Boat Festival–so stay tuned for special rates for
members of the Pocket Yachters and TSCA.) Details:www.nwmaritime.org
September 18-22 – “September Surprise” cruise in eastern Washington, organized by Dan Rogers. Details:www.tsca.net/puget
September 24 – Annual Fall Messabout, Potluck, and TSCA Puget Sound annual meeting, at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Port Hadlock. Pocket Yachters are part of this one, too. Details:www.tsca.net/puget
FOR DETAILS not available via above links: email Marty Loken atnorsebo
Kick back with a cold one at Sirens. Opening at noon everyday, they have a fairly extensive bar and many brews on tap. With the best mixed drinks in town (try a Mai Tai or Mojito) and a deck overlooking the water it can’t be beat. While the décor may not be to everyone’s taste the food is definitely delicious, my favorites are the Texas Jalapeno Poppers and Sicilian Pizza, so good! A couple tips from a local, get there early if you are planning on eating or finding a seat. It can get crowded in the evening as they usually have live music. For faster service, order at the bar!