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
February 2, 2016
•First Tuesday Salon, Carol, Feb. 2, Rose Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
with special guest, Kate Reavey, poet and Peninsula College professor
•The Mask You Live In, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. Wheeler Theatre, Fort Worden, FREE!
•PTFF Great Big Gala, Sun., Feb 28, with radio host Luke Burbank, NW Maritime Center
First Tuesday Salon, Carol
“American-born English playwright Phyllis Nagy wrote the first draft of the script in 1996. Almost 20 years and many drafts later, we have Todd Haynes’ immaculate, dream-like Carol–in which Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara take us inside a passionate story of desire and retribution that’s both satisfying and disturbing.” Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald. Read more HERE.
Join us for a conversation with poet and professor Kate Reavey, following the screening. Kate’s work as a poet has taken her around the world, with a fellowship to study in Florence as she pursues her doctorate in literature. Her work at Peninsula College helps other poets find and refine their voices.
The film, Carol, is based on the novel, The Price of Salt. Author Patricia Highsmith became well known for her “poison pen” with disdain for Jews, blacks and homosexuals. The novel was written in her early career, and thought to be autobiographical.
Watch the trailer: HERE.
The Mask You Live In, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.
Wheeler Theatre, Fort Worden
FREE, only 260 seats available.
Doors open at 5:45, tickets issued at the door.
Back by popular demand from PTFF’s screening at the 2015 Festival! In collaboration with The Jefferson County Community Foundation Fund for Women & Girls, join us for a public screening of the film, The Mask You Live In, followed by a panel discussion. Details HERE.
Daffodils & Spring have arrived in Port Townsend, WA
The pussy willows have come out. Now the daffodils and cherry blossoms are blooming in Port Townsend, WA. Enjoy the flowers during your visit. The sun is shining and the deer are eating the new green grass.
While in Port Townsend, stay at the Blue Gull Inn Bed & Breakfast. We have 6 guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool tubs. Enjoy our historic Victorian home and a great breakfast! www.bluegullinn.com
If you visit and find you want to live here. Contact John Eissinger, I am a local Realtor with Remax First. Try my no pressure approach to real estate. Check out my web site www.johneissinger.com
Blue Gull Inn B&B
Visit the Blue Gull Inn B&B in Historic Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community. Our web site is www.bluegullinn.com. For real estate contact John Eissinger at Remax www.johneissinger.com.
Our bed & breakfast was one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. The Blue Gull Inn B&B was built by ND Hill in 1868.
Choose one of our 6 comfortable guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool tubs.
The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Uptown, just 5 blocks from downtown Port Townsend, WA.
Check out our web site at www.bluegullinn.com
For things to see and do check out www.enjoypt.com
Do not miss Fort Worden State Park. Take a walk on the beach. Fort Worden was built in 1902 to help protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Walk through the concrete bunkers and slam the big steel doors. Bring your flashlight, it is pitch black inside.
Walk along the sandy beach to the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Off in the distance is Whidbey Island.
Port Townsend is located at the entrance to Puget Sound. All ships entering and leaving the Puget Sound, pass right past Port Townsend, WA. In the early days of Washington State many ships made port in Port Townsend to take advantage of our deep water port but more importantly all the brothels and bars on the downtown waterfront.
Daffodils & Spring have arrived in Port Townsend, WA
With a little under two weeks until Labor Day weekend it is a great time to get over to Port Townsend to enjoy the last of the summer weather. The dahlias are blooming and just strolling through the Uptown neighborhood can offer some lovely views of water, gardens and Victorian homes. The weather this time of year is perfect for a weekend getaway… so why not plan one?
If you come to Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula one of the activities you have to partake in is whale watching. Puget Sound Express has been operating for 27 years and leaves from Point Hudson. They have a few different tours to choose from. They have a 98% whale watching success rate and even have a guarantee on that 2% chance you don’t see any whales. In my opinion the boat trip through the area would be worth the money, but throw in guaranteed whale sightings and I am sold. If that hasn’t convinced you, check out Puget Sound Express on facebook and TripAdvisor as well.
The 36th year of celebrating traditional American music. This festival begins July 4th and goes to the 7th, taking place at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park. A Discover Pass is not required for entry into the park if attending this, or another, Centrum event. For more information check out this article in the Port Townsend Leader or to purchase tickets for events call 800-746-1982 or visit centrum.org. Lastly, don’t forget Washington State Ferry reservations if traveling between Coupeville (Whidbey Island) and Port Townsend. We hope to see you in town!
The weather here has been quite mild this winter. Getting out for a walk is the best way to see our historic town, and coming back to the Blue Gull for a cup of tea and a cookie make a great way to spend the afternoon before heading out to one of our fabulous local restaurants.
Check out our specials and packages!
This was an early morning shot of the Deception Pass Bridge that connects Whidbey Island with the main land. It was foggy, so the water isn’t visible, but this area is one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see. Whidbey is just 20 minutes from Port Townsend by ferry, and a great day trip for our guests.