25th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show -- 18 - 19 October
The Harbor Historical Association of Georgetown will present the 25th Annual Wooden Boat Show on Saturday and Sunday, \
October 18 and 19, 2014. This year's show will feature one of the nation's best wooden boat exhibits, two wooden
boatbuilding competitions, children's model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art & crafts, food and music.
These events will take place on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. Money raised
through sales and donations will go toward the operation of the South Carolina Maritime Museum located in Georgetown.
Admission is free to the public.
On Saturday from 11 a.m until 6 p.m. over 140 classic wooden boats will be displayed in the water and along Front Street.
Vessels ranging in size from kayaks to cruising yachts will be exhibited in categories including: row, canoe, kayak,
surfboard, sail, inboard power, outboard power, owner designed and built, century class (100 years or older), model
boats and “classic” categories for boats that are 50 years or older. Visitors will be able to meet and talk to wooden
boat craftsmen, manufacturers and owners. Maritime art and crafts will also be on display.
The Wooden Boat Challenge will begin at noon under the big tent on Broad Street. Two-man teams will race to build a
rowing skiff within a four hour time limit. At 5 p.m. the competitors will test their completed skiffs for seaworthiness
in a rowing relay across the Sampit River. The teams will be scored on speed of construction, quality of work and rowing
speed. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.
At 7 p.m. an awards ceremony and banquet will be held for boat exhibitors, boatbuilding competitors, sponsors and guests.
Prizes will be presented to the winners in each of the exhibit categories, to the "People's Choice Grand Award" winner,
to the Six Knot Challenge winner, and to the winning Wooden Boat Challenge competitors.
This year’s 25th anniversary show will extend to Sunday, October 19 from noon until 4 p.m. In addition to the boat and
commercial exhibits, events will include an ensemble performance by the Winyah Indigo Chorale Society and an Opti Pram
regatta featuring the SC Youth Sailing program’s fleet of wooden Opti’s. A special attraction will be the Master
Boatbuilders Challenge; teams of past Wooden Boat Challenge winners will be given the same materials as the Saturday
challenge but can build any boat they wish. The competition will focus on quality workmanship and there will a four hour
time limit. Boatbuilding will begin at 11 a.m. to give the teams time to put their boat’s in the water before the show’s
end at 4 p.m.
The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show is produced by the Harbor Historical Association, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
For more information, to register a boat for exhibit or to sponsor this event contact Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, PO
Box 2228, Georgetown, SC 29442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at www.woodenboatshow.com.
For more information contact:
Sally Swineford 843-340-3879
South Carolina Maritime Museum/Georgetown Wooden Boat Show
729 Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
Click here for previous years event calendars.