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This is not a comprehensive calendar, but a list of major events that may be of interest to TSCA members.

You may also want to check out the the Duckworks calendar. A huge number of boating related events are listed.

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Small Boat Events 2017

MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival
10-13 Feb
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Welcome to the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, an exciting celebration of our nation’s rich maritime culture and one of the world’s most anticipated maritime events. Held across Hobart’s vibrant and bustling waterfront, the four-day festival brings together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in Australia. From its humble beginnings in 1994, it has grown to become the largest wooden boat festival in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting more than 550 wooden boats and 220,000 visitors, held every two years over the long summer weekend. You'll enjoy a lively program of exhibitions, races, activities for children and a wonderful entertainment program. There's the Maritime Marketplace, with more than 80 exhibitors with everything nautical from anchors to pennants and great how-to workshops. Our Open Boat scheme gets you aboard some of the most famous racing yachts in the country, beautiful cruisers and family boats, tall ships and working boats. You’ll enjoy superb Tasmanian food and wine, attend the International Wooden Boat Symposium, take in an art exhibition or just sit on the waterfront and watch the maritime world pass by. Best of all, with the assistance of the Events Tasmania and our generous sponsors, admission to the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival is absolutely free! There is no admission charge, no tickets and no gates. Just wander in and enjoy yourself. There’s lots to see and do in Tasmania for the boat enthusiast, so allow enough time to enjoy the festival and then explore the beautiful cruising grounds of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel or the bustling wooden boat centre of Franklin, 45 minutes south of Hobart.

Event Web Site: http://australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/home
Event Contact: Paul Cullen, General Manager
Event Email: manager@australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au
Event Phone: (03) 6223 3375

Cape Fear Community College Annual Boat Show
2 Apr
Water Street, Downtown Wilmington, NC

Presented by the CFCC boat building programs, the CFCC Boat Show serves as an annual celebration of the craft of boat building and to raise scholarship funds for students in CFCC’s boat building programs. Held on the banks of the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, CFCC’s boat show attracts thousands of visitors every year. The event will feature a wide variety of wooden and fiberglass boats, including kayaks, skiffs, and boats from the Simmons Sea Skiff Club. Professional boat builders and boat supply companies are encouraged to exhibit their products. Students in CFCC’s two boat building programs will exhibit their own work in wooden and fiberglass boat building. CFCC’s boat building shops will be open for self-guided tours.

Event Web Site: http://cfcc.edu/martech/boatshow/
Event Contact: Mark Bayne
Event Email: mbayne@cfcc.edu
Event Phone: 910 362-7151

Great Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Festival
22-23 Apr
Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Sarasota, FL Sarasota Sailing Squadron 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy Sarasota, FL 34236

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron will be hosting the festival in partnership with the Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Association. There is room for RV's & vans, tent camping and plenty of local lodging options. The SSS has a hoist, multiple ramps and plenty of beach to launch from. If you sail in, dock space can be provided. There is no fee for the event and pre-registration is not required, but to help with planning we request that you email your intentions with number of people attending and boat details to: fgctsca@gmail.com Full schedule of events will be announced later

Event Web Site: http://fgctsca.weebly.com/
Event Contact: Michael Jones
Event Email: fgctsca@gmail.com
Event Phone: Michael 727-560-5782 SSS 941-504-4236

Beaufort North Carolina Annual Wooden Boat Show
6 May
Maritime Museum in Beaufort, North Carolinaf

The 43rd Annual Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show will be held May 6, 2017 in Beaufort, North Carolina. This free event celebrates the art of North Carolina traditional wooden boatbuilding and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display, along with nautical demonstrations, activities for children, and free sailboat rides on the museum's wooden spritsail rigged sailboats. In addition, the 8th Annual Beaufort National Boatbuilding Challenge will take on May 6. This event is organized by the North Carolina Boat Building Heritage Foundation. The 43rd Annual Wooden Boat Show has received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society as a "Top 20 Event for the Southeast" for May 2017. This is the third year in a row the museum has received the prestigious honor.

Event Web Site: http://www.beaufortwoodenboatshow.com
Event Contact: Paul Fontenoy
Event Email: paul.fontenoy@ncdcr.gov
Event Phone: 252-728-7317. Ext. 23

Beaufort North Carolina Round the Island Race
7 May
Beaufort, North Carolina, Maritime Museum

The Beaufort North Carolina Maritime Museum's annual Wooden Boat Show Round the Island Race is a non-stop race around the Carrot Island and Bird Shoals will be held on May 7, 2017. All traditionally rigged sailing craft are welcome. The race committee will establish the race course to suit wind and weather conditions and announce it a skippers meeting in the Harvey Smith Watercraft Center that Sunday morning at 9:00 am. A representative from each boat must attend the skippers meeting. The start line for the race is between the dock at the Watercraft Center and a mark in Taylor's Creek. The finish will be on the beach across from the Watercraft Center. While participating in this race all boats will carry appropriate safety gear as required by law and the practice of safe seamanship. Chase boats will be escorting the fleet, but self-sufficiency should be the goal of each boat crew.

Event Web Site: http://www.maritimefriends.org/Round-the-Island-Race.html
Event Email: info@maritimefriends.org
Event Phone: 252-728-1638

Beaufort North Carolina Maritime Museum's Maritime Day
10 Jun
Gallants Channel in Beaufort, North Carolina

Sail in the North Carolina Maritime Museum's fleet of traditional wooden boats, cast a line with a cane pole, join in games or just relax and enjoy the music and spectacular view of Gallants Channel. An old fashioned, family-oriented picnic and lots of activities are free. The event is open to the public. Maritime Day reflects the gratitude that Americans have for the maritime industry and the benefits it brings to the country. It also recognizes ships and seafarers who have held a special place in the nation's history.

Event Web Site: http://www.maritimefriends.org/Maritime-Day-Friends-NC-Maritime-Museum.html
Event Email: info@maritimefriends.org
Event Phone: 252-728-1638

Hope Island Messabout
16-18 Jun
Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor, WA

Located in Skagit County in San Juan Islands, Hope Island State Park is a 200-acre marine park in Skagit Bay. The park offers several campsites, attractive beaches, and a trail across the island. The island is forested with occasional meadows and rock outcroppings. The island is a natural area preserve to protect a rare Puget Sound ecosystem. The park offers four primitive campsites on the north shore bay. The pay station is near the eastern campsite. A vault toilet is in the woods 100-feet south of the campsites. The rest of the island is a Natural Area Preserve, off limits to recreational use. Standard primitive campsite rules apply.The overnight parking fee is in effect at Cornet Bay boat launch. Hope Island offers five mooring buoys. Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats, and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Event Web Site: http://www.tsca.net/puget/messabouts/hope_island.html
Event Contact: Claire Acord
Event Email: whidbeyboatpainter@gmail.com
Event Phone: 360-240-1235

Classic Boat Show and Small Craft Festival
17 Jun
Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven, Michigan

The 36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show celebrates all kinds of boat types from wood and fiberglass to power and paddle. This family-friendly event features a variety of boats including Chris Crafts, Centuries, strip-built boats, canoes, sailboats and much more! Cost fo the show is $10 for adults and $5 for kids (under 3 free). The cost includes the show and admission to all Michigan Maritime Museum exhibits.

Event Web Site: http://www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/classicboatshow
Event Contact: Ashley Deming, Director of Education
Event Email: ashley@mimaritime.org
Event Phone: 269-637-8078 ext. 3

Les Cheneaux RAID
24-25 Jun
Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville, MI

This is a leisure pursuit, (hosted at the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, MI) involving a fleet of small boats capable of being rowed, paddled, and sailed exploring a coastline or inland waterway; often with some competitive element.

LC RAID Registration: $25,includes tour of school, lunch, and T-shirt(register early and reserve a shirt). Sizes XS-XXL

Event Contact:
Laurel Jellison or James Berryhill
Event Email: jellisonla@gmail.com
Event Phone: (906)484-1252 or (906)484-2217

Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show
18-19 Aug
Toledo, OR

The annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is August 20th & 21st, 2016. This free, family-friendly, weekend event celebrates the historic tradition of wooden boats, and recreation along the Yaquina River. There are plenty of activities to enjoy: boat exhibits, vendors, music, pirates, family and youth boat building, kids’ boat building and activities, containerboard boat races, coracle races, poker paddle, boat rides and more. Come join the fun!

Event Web Site: http://portoftoledo.org/wooden-boat-show-2/
Event Contact: Bud Shoemake
Event Email: info@portoftoledo.org
Event Phone: 541-336-5207
Additional Documentation: 2016Exhibitor Registration & Info Form.pdf

Antique & Classic Boat Festival
26-27 Aug
Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St., Salem, Massach

You don’t get to see boats like this every day! See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boats. Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones. Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more!

Boats don't have to be in show condition. We can accommodate trailered craft and there is free launching nearby

Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm

$5, children under 12 free

Info & Boat Entry: 617-666-8530, 978-448-6757

Event Web Site: HTTP://www.boatfestival.org
Event Contact: Pat Wells
Event Email: patwells@earthlink.net
Event Phone: 617-666-8530

Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival
20-21 Oct
Dennis Dryer Municipal Marina, Port Aransas, TX

The Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival celebrates 75 years of using plywood for boat construction. Our festival has had an average of sixty-five wooden boats on display. The boats range from those with work boat finishes to finely crafted boats. There is no entry fee to show your boat. We will have family boat building, children’s activities and prize drawings.

Event Web Site: http://www.portaransasplywoodenboatfestival.org
Event Contact: Frank Coletta
Event Email: coletta_j@msn.com
Event Phone: 210-218-9961

Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show
20-21 Oct
Georgetown, SC

The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show – held on the third weekend in October – features one of the Southeast’s best wooden boat exhibits with more than 120 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music. A special attraction is Saturday’s Wooden Boat Challenge when teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a 4-hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River. Sunday is a fun-filled family oriented day that includes a Cardboard Boat Regatta.Check our schedule of events for updates and be sure to book your stay at HammockCoast.com. The Wooden Boat Show takes place on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. The Show is produced by the Harbor Historical Association, a 501©(3) tax-exempt organization. All proceeds benefit the South Carolina Maritime Museum. Winner of Charles A. Bundy Award, SC Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel 2014. Winner of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for October 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Event Web Site: http://www.woodenboatshow.com/
Event Contact: Sally Swineford
Event Email: boats@woodenboatshow.com<
Event Phone: 843-340-3879

Cedar Key Small Boat Meet
17-19 Nov
Cedar Key, FL

The meet is still informal. There are no planned events on the water. There are neither signups nor fees. Tides & weather remain the organization. All shallow draft boats are welcome: rowing & paddling craft; jonboats, catboats & catamarans; trimarans & proas; punts, pirogues & pirates’ gigs; sampans, sharpies & scows; &, of course, duckboats & dinghies. Cedar Key is renowned for its thriving food chain ashore & in the water. Two National Wildlife Refuges assure it—Cedar Keys NWR & the Lower Suwannee NWR. In Cedar Keys’ saltmarshes, & among its inshore & offshore islands, fishing, birding, bug, tide & weather observing are as good as, or better than, anywhere.

Event Contact: Hugh Horton
Event Phone: 586-215-7060


Small Boat Events 2016

Maine Boatbuilders Show
18-20 Mar
Portland Company Complex, Portland, ME

A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.

Event Web Site: http://www.portlandcompany.com/boatShow/
Event Contact: justina@portlandyacht.com
Event Email: shows@portlandcompany.com
Event Phone: 207-774-1067

Cape Fear Community College 16th Annual Boat Show
2 Apr
Water Street, Downtown Wilmington, NC

Presented by the CFCC boat building programs, the CFCC Boat Show serves as an annual celebration of the craft of boat building and to raise scholarship funds for students in CFCC’s boat building programs. Held on the banks of the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, CFCC’s boat show attracts thousands of visitors every year. The event will feature a wide variety of wooden and fiberglass boats, including kayaks, skiffs, and boats from the Simmons Sea Skiff Club. Professional boat builders and boat supply companies are encouraged to exhibit their products. Students in CFCC’s two boat building programs will exhibit their own work in wooden and fiberglass boat building. CFCC’s boat building shops will be open for self-guided tours.

Event Web Site: http://cfcc.edu/martech/boatshow/
Event Contact: Mark Bayne
Event Email: mbayne@cfcc.edu
Event Phone: 910 362-7151

Great Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Festival
15-17 Apr
Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Sarasota, FLSarasota Sailing Squadron 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy Sarasota, FL 34236

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron will be hosting the festival in partnership with the Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Association. There is room for RV's & vans, tent camping and plenty of local lodging options. The SSS has a hoist, multiple ramps and plenty of beach to launch from. If you sail in, dock space can be provided. There is no fee for the event and pre-registration is not required, but to help with planning we request that you email your intentions with number of people attending and boat details to: fgctsca@gmail.com Events include boatbuilding demonstrations by author and boat builder, K.D. Jones. His book, "How to build the Flatiron Skiff” is available at the WoodenBoat Store. Full schedule of events will be announced later.

Event Web Site: http://fgctsca.weebly.com/10th-annual-festival.html
Event Contact: Michael Jones
Event Email: fgctsca@gmail.com
Event Phone: Michael 727-560-5782 SSS 941-504-4236

Urbanna Small Boat Meet
21-22 May
Piankatank River, Freeport, VA

Informal messabout with optional rowing and sailing races depending on the wind and whim of participants. Limited primitive camping available. Arrival Friday PM OK. Saturday night pot luck supper and barbeque. Sunday is on-the-water until mid-afternoon.

Directions: From the intersection of Route 33, Route 17, and Route 198 at Glenns, take Route 198 E (Glenns Road) 6.2 miles to Freeport, Gloucester. Turn left on Freeport Road; go approximately a mile.

Event Contact:
John or Vera England
Event Email: mama5england@hotmail.com
Event Phone: 804 758 2721

Classic Boat Show and Small Craft Festival
18 Jun
Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven, Michigan

The 35th annual boat show at the Michigan Maritime Museum will be held afloat and on shore in conjunction with South Haven's HarborFest. Classic and traditional small craft - row, paddle, sail and motor - will be featured throughout the day as well as toy boat building for kids.

The US Coast Guard Motor Life Boat (USCG 36460 MLB) and a 1929 Chris Craft Cadet, Pouf, have been added to the Museum's on-the-water exhibits. USCG 36460 MLB was used as the featured rescue boat in the recently released Disney film,The Finest Hours.

For more boat show information and registration forms, contact the museum at 260 Dyckman Ave. (at the bridge) South Haven, Michigan 49090, Tel: 269 637 8078 or go to our web site.

Event Web Site: http://www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/
Event Contact: Sandy Bryson, Boat Show Coordinator
Event Email: sbryson@msu.edu
Event Phone: 517 351 5976

Les Cheneaux RAID
24-25 Jun
Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville, MI

This is a leisure pursuit, (hosted at the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, MI) involving a fleet of small boats capable of being rowed, paddled, and sailed exploring a coastline or inland waterway; often with some competitive element.

LC RAID Registration: $25,includes tour of school, lunch, and T-shirt(register early and reserve a shirt). Sizes XS-XXL

Event Contact:
Laurel Jellison or James Berryhill
Event Email: jellisonla@gmail.com
Event Phone: (906)484-1252 or (906)484-2217

Antique & Classic Boat Festival
20-21 Aug
Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St., Salem, Massach

You don’t get to see boats like this every day! See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boats. Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones. A crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet, Parade of Boats and more!

Boats don’t have to be in show condition; they can be works-in-progress. We would love more runabouts. We can accommodate trailered craft and there is free launching nearby.

Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm

$5, children under 12 free

Info & Boat Entry: 617-666-8530, 978-448-6757

Event Web Site: HTTP://www.boatfestival.org
Event Contact: Pat Wells
Event Email: patwells@earthlink.net
Event Phone: 617-666-8530

Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show
20-21 Aug
Toledo, OR

The 12th annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is August 20th & 21st, 2016. This free, family-friendly, weekend event celebrates the historic tradition of wooden boats, and recreation along the Yaquina River. There are plenty of activities to enjoy: boat exhibits, vendors, music, pirates, family and youth boat building, kids’ boat building and activities, containerboard boat races, coracle races, poker paddle, boat rides and more. Come join the fun!

Event Web Site: http://portoftoledo.org/wooden-boat-show-2/
Event Contact: Bud Shoemake
Event Email: info@portoftoledo.org
Event Phone: 541-336-5207
Additional Documentation: 2016Exhibitor Registration & Info Form.pdf

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival
9-11 Sep
Port Townsend, WA

Port Townsend's Wooden Boat Festival is the most education-packed and inspiring wooden boat event in the world. Featuring more than 300 wooden vessels, dozens of indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations, a who's who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts, there's something to do, someone to meet, or a boat to board at every turn. Expanded a little each year, the festival honors its traditions while inviting energetic debate and demonstration about the latest innovations in boatbuilding, equipment, skills, and adventure.

For the most up to date info, 'Like' the Wooden Boat Foundation Facebook page, email us (Festival Director Barb Trailer: festival@woodenboat.org), or check in here at the website as we get closer and closer to the event!

Event Web Site: http://nwmaritime.org/wooden-boat-foundation/wooden-boat-festival
Event Contact: Barb Trailer
Event Email: festival@woodenboat.org

Pine Lake TSCA messabout
17 Sep
Lansing Sailing Club, 6039 E. Lake Dr., Haslett, MI

The annual Pine Lake TSCA Messabout at the Lansing Sailing Club will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Please bring something to pass, re: salads, cole slaw, chips, desserts. So that we can estimate attendance for lunch, RSVP to sbryson@msu.edu by Wednesday, September 14, if you plan on attending. You are welcome at the last minute if your plans are indefinite. If you need to use Mapquest to find directions to the Lansing Sailing Club, it is located at 6039 E. Lake Dr. in Haslett, MI. There are launch facilities at the Club for large boats on trailers and small craft. We look forward to seeing you. Tom Jarosch, President, Pine Lake TSCA John Hansen, Vice President Sandy Bryson, Secretary

Event Contact:
Sandy Bryson, Secretary
Event Email: sbryson@msu.edu

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXIII and 11th Maritime Model Expo
1-2 Oct
St. Michaels, MD

On Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2, 2016, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host one of the nation’s largest gatherings of small boat enthusiasts and unique watercraft at the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXIII and 11th Maritime Model Expo. The Model Guild of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the North American Steamboat Modeler’s Association, and the Washington Ship Model Society are sponsors of the Maritime Model Expo. The event was traditionally held in May, and is now being combined with CBMM’s Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival, which is annually held on the first weekend of October. Hundreds of amateur and professional boatbuilders, model boatbuilders, and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their one-of-a-kind kayaks, canoes, and other traditional small craft, along with a variety of maritime models also on display and underway in a man-made pond. The pond will be used throughout the event for model steamboats and other R-C models—including model skipjacks, sailboats, submarines, electrically driven models with modest motors, and self-steered pond sailing models. On-land exhibitions include a collection of models by Washington Ship Model Society members and other highly acclaimed modelers as well.

Event Web Site: http://www.cbmm.org/mascf/index.htm
Event Phone: 410-745-2916

Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival
8-10 Oct
Port Aransas, TX

The Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival celebrates 70 years of using plywood for boat construction. 92 boats were on display last year and we are striving for more than 100 this year!

Preregister for the show so we can better plan the event. Exhibit muliple boats for a single $20 registration fee. Register online at http://www.portaransasplywoodenboatfestival.org/register.htm.

Event Web Site: http://www.portaransasplywoodenboatfestival.org
Event Contact: Frank Coletta
Event Email: coletta_j@msn.com
Event Phone: 210-218-9961

Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show
15-16 Oct
Georgetown, SC

The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show – held on the third weekend in October – features one of the Southeast’s best wooden boat exhibits with more than 140 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music. A special attraction is Saturday’s Wooden Boat Challenge when teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a 4-hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River. Sunday is a fun-filled family oriented day that includes a Cardboard Boat Building Challenge and Race, and an Opti Pram Regatta. Check our schedule of events for updates and be sure to book your stay at HammockCoast.com.

The Wooden Boat Show takes place on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. The Show is produced by the Harbor Historical Association, a 501©(3) tax-exempt organization. All proceeds benefit the South Carolina Maritime Museum.

Winner of Charles A. Bundy Award, SC Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel 2014.

Winner of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for October 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Event Web Site: http://www.woodenboatshow.com/
Event Contact: Sally Swineford
Event Email: boats@woodenboatshow.com<
Event Phone: 843-340-3879


Small Boat Events 2015

Australian Wooden Boat Festival
6-9 Feb
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Welcome to the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, an exciting celebration of our nation’s rich maritime culture and one of the world’s most anticipated maritime events.

Held across Hobart’s vibrant and bustling waterfront, the four-day festival brings together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere. From its humble beginnings in 1994, it has grown to become the most significant event of its kind in Australia.

Along with the exhibition of these beautiful boats, the festival delivers a lively combination of incredible local food, live entertainment, music, demonstrations and displays. From the state’s best seafood at our Seafood Market, the MyState V.I.K (Very Important Kids) Area, Maritime Marektplace and our very own tavern, the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival has all the elements of a summer celebration by the sea.

And thanks to the assistance of the Tasmanian State Government, Events Tasmania and our generous sponsors, the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival is absolutely free!

Event Web Site: http://australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/home
Event Contact: Paul Cullen
Event Email: manager@australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au

Washington's Birthday Regatta
21 Feb
The Barnacle Historic State Park, Coconut Grove, FL

This regatta, which is open to boats of traditional design, is hosted by The Barnacle Society, a citizen support organizat ion, and The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove, Florida. The original was the first regatta held on Biscayne Bay in the winter of 1887, and was organized by Ra lph Middleton Munroe -later "Commodore" Munroe of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. As you may know The Barnacle was his home. This year the Regatta will be held on Saturday February 21st and is the 19th annual re-enactment of this historic event. I hope you will share this, and the following information, with the Chapters of the TSCA.

In addition to the Regatta itself, this year we are hosting a series of events that comprise our "Regatta Days". These begin on Friday February 20th, with a "Moonlight Concert" on the lawn of The Barnacle historic house. The artist will be Captain Josh- whose music includes Beach/Count ry/Pop, along with light rock and sing-along, with a focus on Jimmy Buffett and his country music buddies. He is a member of, and entertainer for, the Parrot Heads of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, as well as the Key West Parrothead Club and the Southernmost Coconut Castaways Club. You can get to know him and sample his music through his web site: www.capt-josh.com

Event Web Site: http://www.thebarnacle.org/
Event Contact: C. Alyn Pruett
Event Email: apruett@campus-communitystrategies.com
Additional Documentation: http://tsca.net/pdf/Barnacle_Regatta.pdf

Annual Quiet Water Symposium
7 Mar
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

The Quiet Water Symposium celebrates non-motorized outdoor recreation and a shared concern for our Great Lakes Environment.

At the Symposium visitors will find presentations by world famous authors, photographers, and expedition travelers. Other presentations may cover skills, safety, local and distant destinations. There may be presentations on bicycling, sailing, diving, and history.

The Symposium has a wide range of exhibits on the show floor. You will find clubs and nature centers. Handcrafted and historic watercraft will be on display. Biking, hiking and water trails are represented. Conservation and watershed groups are available. A number of outfitters and liveries are represented to support your outdoor adventures. We have a growing selection of outdoor oriented retailers as well.

Event Web Site: http://www.quietwatersymposium.org/index.html

South Puget Sound Mini-Cruise
13-15 Mar
Hartstine Island area, Mason County, Washington

Joint TSCA Puget Sound, Oregon Coots TSCA, and Port Townsend Pocket Yachters small-boat cruise. Launch at the county ramp next to the Hartstine Island Bridge.

Event Web Site: http://www.tsca.net/puget
Event Contact: Marty Loken
Event Email: Norseboater22@gmail.com

Maine Boatbuilders Show
20-22 Mar
Portland Company Complex, Portland, ME

A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.

Event Web Site: http://www.portlandcompany.com/boatShow/
Event Email: shows@portlandcompany.com

Cape Fear Community College 16th Annual Boat Show
18 Apr
Water Street, Downtown Wilmington, NC

Presented by the CFCC boat building programs, the CFCC Boat Show serves as an annual celebration of the craft of boat building and to raise scholarship funds for students in CFCC’s boat building programs. Held on the banks of the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, CFCC’s boat show attracts thousands of visitors every year. The event will feature a wide variety of wooden and fiberglass boats, including kayaks, skiffs, and boats from the Simmons Sea Skiff Club. Professional boat builders and boat supply companies are encouraged to exhibit their products. Students in CFCC’s two boat building programs will exhibit their own work in wooden and fiberglass boat building. CFCC’s boat building shops will be open for self-guided tours.

Event Web Site: http://cfcc.edu/martech/boatshow/
Event Contact: Mark Bayne
Event Email: mbayne@cfcc.edu
Event Phone: 910 362-7151

The Crystal River Boat Bash
25 Apr
Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River, FL

This Bash will be a celebration of small craft, nautical heritage, and fun on the waters of the Nature Coast. Conditions in late April and early May are ideal in the area - temperatures, humidity, and winds are perfect for enjoying time on the water. From around the country, owners of small sailing, rowing and paddling craft -- classic and traditional and modern - will be offered the hospitality of Crystal River. This year we’ll have a full day of music! Our featured group, 7 Pounds of Bacon Mess Band, just issued a new CD….and on the cover….our scow SPIRIT! Make sure you come this year to check out the scow SPIRIT and the start of our new project, a circa 1905, 24 foot, powered fishing skiff.

Event Web Site: http://www.tsca.net/CRBB/bashdesc.htm

The 2015 Teaching With Small Boats Conference
30 04-2 May
Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend, WA

The fourth TWSB Conference. A gathering of organizations involved in or interested in educational boatbuilding and related activities. This is the place to be if you are interested in started such an organizations, becoming a more effective organization, or contributing your knowledge to the community. Sign up NOW!

Event Web Site: http://www.teachingwithsmallboats.org/index.php/conferences/2015-conference
Event Contact: Jake Beattie
Event Email: jake@nwmaritime.org
Event Phone: 360.385.3628 x105

Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet
1-3 May
Cedar Key, FL

The 31st Cedar Key small boat meet is the first full weekend in May. In 2015 it’s the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. It is completely informal. There are no planned events on the water; no signups or fees. Tides & weather are still the organization. All shallow draft boats are welcome: rowing & paddling craft; catboats & multihulls; dinghies, scows, sharpies & sampans; prams, punts, pirogues, & pirates’ gigs. Cedar Key is renowned—being part of two National Wildlife Refuges—for its thriving food chain ashore & in the water. Among its offshore & inshore islands & saltmarsh, fishing, birding, bug swatting, tide & weather observing are as good as, or better than, anywhere. For more information call: Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, 352 543 5600.

Event Contact:
Hugh Horton
Event Email: huhorton@gmail.com
Event Phone: 586-215-7060

Big Lagoon Messabout
15-17 May
Big Lagoon County Park, Trinidad, CA

Attendees often include members of the Sacramento-San Francisco and Lost Coast chapters of the Traditional Small Craft Association, some of the Oregon Coots, and of course the Humboldt County locals. All types of boats are welcome at this messabout; traditional or modern, wooden or fiberglass, power, sail or oar. Like most messabouts there is no formal schedule of events. The messabout hosts will be there by Thursday evening, and anyone is welcome to come hang out with us at the small group campsite. We will host a potluck dinner Friday and Saturday nights, and hope for some music and singing too. Weather permitting, we will motor, sail or row towards the north end of the lagoon Saturday morning for a picnic lunch, and plan to catch the prevailing north-west winds back to camp. The lagoon waters are very protected (particularly near the sandbar) and quite suitable for children's swimming, floating and boating. Come on up and check out one of the California Coast's most spectacular locations!

Event Web Site: http://www.luckhardt.com/blmessabout.html

Eastern (Mid-Atlantic) Messabout
29-31 May
Elk Neck State Park, MD

An informal gathering for people who want to "mess about" in boats, sailboats, powerboats, canoe & kayak; home-built or commercial. Nail & glue, stitch & glue or "traditional" The more the merrier!

Event Web Site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EasternMessabout/

Les Cheneaux RAID
19-20 Jun
Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville, MI

Participants will enjoy a tour of the Great Lakes Boat Building School, a picnic, and a gathering of non-motorized traditional small crafts. Experience the picturesque Les Cheneaux Islands with it's many waterways and bays. Races will be organized for any and all styles of row boats. Promoted and supported by Les Cheneaux Row, Inc. and the TSCA Chapter of the Les Cheneaux Islands.

Event Web Site: http://jellisonla.wix.com/les-cheneaux-raid
Event Contact: Laurel Jellison or James Berryhill
Event Email: jellisonla@gmail.com
Event Phone: (906)484-1252 or (906)484-2217
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Classic Boat Show and Small Craft Festival
20 Jun
Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven, Michigan

The 34th annual boat show at the Michigan Maritime Museum will be held afloat and on shore in conjunction with South Haven’s HarborFest. Classic and traditional small craft — row, paddle, sail and motor — will be featured with demonstrations and speakers throughout the day as well as toy boat building and special events for kids. For more information and registration forms contact the museum at 260 Dyckman Ave. (at the bridge) South Haven, Michigan 49090, tel: 269 637 8078

Event Web Site: http://www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/
Event Contact: Sandy Bryson
Event Email: sbryson@msu.edu
Event Phone: 517 351 5976

Hope Island Messabout
20-21 Jun
Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor, WA

Located in Skagit County in San Juan Islands, Hope Island State Park is a 200-acre marine park in Skagit Bay. The park offers several campsites, attractive beaches, and a trail across the island. The island is forested with occasional meadows and rock outcroppings. The island is a natural area preserve to protect a rare Puget Sound ecosystem. The park offers four primitive campsites on the north shore bay. The pay station is near the eastern campsite. A vault toilet is in the woods 100-feet south of the campsites. The rest of the island is a Natural Area Preserve, off limits to recreational use. Standard primitive campsite rules apply.The overnight parking fee is in effect at Cornet Bay boat launch. Hope Island offers five mooring buoys. Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats, and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Event Web Site: http://www.tsca.net/puget/messabouts/hope_island.html
Event Contact: Claire Acord
Event Email: whidbeyboatpainter@gmail.com
Event Phone: 360-240-1235

South Florida Chapter Organizing Meeting
25-25 Jun
The Barnacle State Park, 3485 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

Event Contact:
John Palenchar
Event Email: john@palenchar.net
Event Phone: 305-803-1653

The John Gardner Small Craft Workshop
26-28 Jun
WoodenBoat Show, Mystic, CT

Mystic Seaport is partnering with WoodenBoat and Traditional Small Craft Association to host the John Gardner Small Craft Workshop as part of the WoodenBoat Show. Participants can both enjoy the Show and follow John Gardner’s example to show that traditional small craft are a practical and economical way to enjoy the water.

The SCW will be based on the Australia Beach where a string of floats will be provided for our use. The workshop will include display of participant’s boats, shared use of participant’s boats at the discretion of the owner, demonstrations of small boat skills, morning rows on Saturday and Sunday and guided access to the Museum’s boat storage area. This should be a great time to get together with like minded traditional boat folks, to share our love and knowledge of traditional small craft with others and spend some quality time with friends new and old on the beach and underway. It is desired that all workshop participants volunteer to help out with one or more of these activities.

Please be sure to send in your registration form by June 19. Click on the following links to get the and information forms.

Event Web Site: http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/small-craft-workshop/

Bay Front Center Small Boat Festival
14-15 Aug
Erie, PA

The festival includes BMC’s 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday August 16th and the 3rd Annual Presque Isle Bay Messabout, Friday and Saturday.

The 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta provides families, friends, co-workers and organizations a fun, challenging, team building opportunity to strengthen: communication, problem solving, building, and paddling skills. Teams construct boats using cardboard, tape, glue and paint, and paddle their creations during races at BMC’s waterfront campus. There will be food, merchandise, and a kids tent. Prizes are awarded for most creative, crowd favorite, fastest time in each age bracket, and most dramatic sinking!

The 3rd Annual Presque Isle Bay Messabout brings handcrafted vessels of all types for a weekend of “messing about” on Presque Isle Bay and exploring Erie. Judges award prizes in several categories. On Saturday night, there will be a catered dinner and a speaker.

Event Web Site: http://www.bayfrontcenter.org/
Event Phone: 814-456-4077

Port of Toledo 11th Annual Wooden Boat Show
15-16 Aug
Toledo Waterfront Park

"The 11th annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is August 15th & 16th, 2015. This free, family-friendly, weekend event celebrates the historic tradition of wooden boats, and recreation along the Yaquina River. There are plenty of activities to enjoy - boat exhibits, vendors, music, pirates, family and youth boat building, kids’ boat building and activities, boat rides, containerboard boat races, canoe jousting, poker paddle and more. Come join the fun!"

Event Web Site: http://www.portoftoledo.org
Event Contact: Bud Shoemake
Event Email: info@portoftoledo.org
Event Phone: 541-336-5207

Pine Lake TSCA messabout
29 Aug
Lansing Sailing Club, 6039 E. Lake Dr., Haslett, MI

The annual Pine Lake TSCA messabout at the Lansing Sailing Club will be held on Saturday, August 29 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Please bring something to pass, re: salads, cole slaw, chips, desserts. So that we can estimate attendance for lunch, RSVP to this email address by Wednesday, August 26, if you plan on attending. You are welcome at the last minute if your plans are indefinite.

If you need to use Mapquest to find directions to the Lansing Sailing Club, it is located at 6039 E. Lake Dr. in Haslett, MI. There are launch facilities at the Club for large boats on trailers and small craft. We look forward to seeing you.

Tom Jarosch, President, Pine Lake TSCA John Hansen, Vice President Sandy Bryson, Secretary

Event Contact:
Sandy Bryson, Secretary
Event Email: sbryson@msu.edu

Adirondack Canoe Classic - 90 Miler Race
11-13 Sep
Saranac Lake, New York

The 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic is an amazing boat event (which welcomes canoes, kayaks, and guideboats) held on the historic "Highway of the Adirondacks" on the weekend after Labor Day. The three-day, 90-mile, 275+ boat race concludes at the NYS Boat Launch on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, welcoming triumphant finishers and concluding with a ceremonial dinner.

While participants have the advantage of lighter boats, pit crews, and trailering from the finish to start lines each day, they are paddling, carrying, and camping along the same chain of lakes, rivers and carries taken by early European settlers and local Adirondack guides.

This is a continuous route from Old Forge, via the Moose River through the Fulton Chain Lakes, to Raquette Lake, then via the Raquette River to Forked Lake, Long Lake and finally via the Stony Creek Ponds and the Indian Carry to Upper Saranac Lake. The route then proceeds via Bartletts Carry to Middle Saranac Lake and Lower Saranac Lake, and finally, Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, the village. As extensive as this route appears, it is only the first leg of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which stretches all the way to Maine.

There are over 500 competitors from all over the world. The 90 Miler is open to all age groups and classes, from professional to family recreational there is a group for everyone!

We have plenty of paddling and camping and Lodging in and around Saranac Lake for your own exploration experience.

Event Web Site: http://www.saranaclake.com/events/canoe-classic-90-miler

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival
11-13 Sep
Port Townsend, WA

Port Townsend's Wooden Boat Festival is the most education-packed and inspiring wooden boat event in the world. Featuring more than 300 wooden vessels, dozens of indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations, a who's who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts, there's something to do, someone to meet, or a boat to board at every turn. Expanded a little each year, the festival honors its traditions while inviting energetic debate and demonstration about the latest innovations in boatbuilding, equipment, skills, and adventure.

For the most up to date info, 'Like' the Wooden Boat Foundation Facebook page, email us (Festival Directors Barb Trailer and Carrie Andrews: festival@woodenboat.org), or check in here at the website as we get closer and closer to the event!

Event Web Site: http://nwmaritime.org/wooden-boat-foundation/wooden-boat-festival
Event Contact: Barb Trailer
Event Email: festival@woodenboat.org

Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show
26 Sep
Corner of Moore Street and Caswell Avenue, Southport, NC

Greetings maritime friends and supporters! We are excited to begin preparations for Southport’s Wooden Boat Show.

Event Web Site: http://www.southportwoodenboatshow.com/

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival
3-5 Oct
St. Michaels, MD

The 33rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum bringing a collection of small craft to the museum’s Miles River waterfront, along with live music, scenic river cruises, food, beverages, and more. Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, prams and other one-of-a-kind boats will be in the water and on land throughout the weekend. Many will be accompanied by owners sharing their boating knowledge and experiences with festival-goers. Beginning at noon on Saturday, the Royal Oak Musicians perform live from CBMM’s Tolchester Beach Bandstand. On Saturday, festival-goers can also watch a small craft race on the Miles River beginning at 1 p.m. Voting will be held to determine what boat receives the People’s Choice award, amongst others. Scenic Miles River cruises aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the two-day festival. Boat-building workshops and maritime demonstrations by CBMM’s boat yard staff and instructors from the Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School will also be offered. The Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is free for museum members and children under six, otherwise admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children ages 6 to 17, with all museum exhibits included in admission. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org/mascf or call 410-745-2916.

Event Web Site: http://www.cbmm.org/mascf/index.htm
Event Phone: 410-745-2916

Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival
16-18 Oct
Port Arnsas, TX

The Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival celebrates 70 years of using plywood for boat construction. 92 boats were on display last year and we are striving for more than 100 this year! Preregister for the show so we can better plan the event. Exhibit muliple boats for a single $20 registration fee. Register online at http://www.portaransasplywoodenboatfestival.org/register.htm.

Event Web Site: http://www.portaransasplywoodenboatfestival.org
Event Contact: Frank Coletta
Event Email: coletta_j@msn.com
Event Phone: 210-218-9961

Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show
17-18 Oct
Georgetown, SC

The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show – always held on the third weekend in October – offers fun for the whole family. The show will feature one of our nation’s best wooden boat exhibits with more than 140 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, a wooden boatbuilding competition, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music. A special attraction will be Saturday’s Wooden Boat Challenge when teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a 4 hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River. Be sure to check our schedule of events for updates. The Wooden Boat Show will take place on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. The Show is produced by the Harbor Historical Association, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and is the major fundraiser for the South Carolina Maritime Museum.

Event Web Site: http://www.woodenboatshow.com/
Event Contact: Sally Swineford
Event Email: boats@woodenboatshow.com<
Event Phone: 843-340-3879

Small Boat Events 2014

Washington's Birthday Regatta -- 22 February
The Barnacle Historic State Park, Coconut Grove, FL

Follow in thefootsteps of Commodore Ralph Munroe, yacht designer, Coconut Grove pioneer, and founder of the Biscayne Bqy Yacht Club. The Washington's Birthdqy Regatta originated at Munroe's boathouse in 1887. This fun race is open to all vessels of traditional design regardless of construction: mud hens, sea pearls, bullseyes, sharpies, Bahama dinghies, cat boats, sloops, gaff-rigs etc. Fiberglass boats are permitted. The Race will be organized in two classes with trophies for first, second and third place in each class. The Barnacle Handicap System will apply. This year's race will take place on Biscayne Bay just off shore of The Barnacle in Coconut Grove and is organized by The Barnacle Society, Inc. and The Barnacle Historic State Park.

For more information contact C. Alyn Pruett or at www.TheBarnacle.org


Maine Boatbuilders Show -- 14-16 March
Portland Company Complex, Portland, ME

A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.


Florida Gulf Coast Small Craft Festival -- 18-20 April
Sarasota Sailing Squadron
Sarasota, FL

The Annual Florida Gulf Coast Small Craft Festival will once again be held at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.

Come for a casual dinner Friday night as participants arrive. Food may be potluck or available on the Sarasota Sailing Squadron Grill. This will probably be a cash grill with hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, etc…

Saturday will be the mess-about on Sarasota Bay and the protected “lagoon” and mooring field adjacent to the Squadron. Anticipate speakers and possibly some music. Amenities available at the Squadron include camping, limited RV options, clubhouse, bar with snack foods, large porches and meeting pavilions and plenty of launching options including beaches, ramps and a hoist.

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron is in Ken Thompson Park on City Island – near the north end of Lido Key. For more information on our facility, go to www.sarasotasailingsquadron.org or call 941-388-2355.

Visit the website: http://fgctsca.weebly.com, for information and registration forms.


The Crystal River Boat Bash -- 26 April
Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River, FL

This Bash will be a celebration of small craft, nautical heritage, and fun on the waters of the Nature Coast. Conditions in late April and early May are ideal in the area - temperatures, humidity, and winds are perfect for enjoying time on the water. From around the country, owners of small sailing, rowing and paddling craft -- classic and traditional and modern - will be offered the hospitality of Crystal River.

Make sure you come this year to check out the scow Spirit!


30th Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet -- 3-4 May
Cedar Key, FL

The 30th Cedar Key small boat meet will be Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd & 4th, the first full weekend in May. It is completely informal. Tides and weather are still the organization. There are no planned events, signups, or fees.

Cedar Key is on the Gulf a hundred miles north of Tampa, a dozen miles south of the mouth of the Suwannee River. It’s an isolated cape of offshore islands separated from the mainland by miles of oyster flats and salt marsh. The great logs of the cedar forests went to pencil makers before & after the Civil War. During the War it was an active Confederate port & railhead. Now its sea and shallows attract fishermen & clam farmers, naturalists, artists & writers. There are no traffic lights, fast food, or golf courses.

All shallow draft boats are welcome: canoes & kayaks, catboats & catamarans; trimarans, rowboats & sailing dinghies; scows, sharpies & sampans; punts, pirogues, prams—& pirates’ yawlboats.

Over the last 28 years, weather has usually been mostly sunny, mid to upper 80s in the day, water temperature upper 70s. If it blows, even at lower tides, it’s splendid for rowers & paddlers. For sailing canoes, Cedar Key is sublime.

Wildlife observers note the complete food chain. The nutrients flowing out with the clean Suwannee mix with oxygenated water riffling through the cape’s islands & channels. Birds, bugs, fish, shellfish, turtles, alligators, marine mammals—all thrive.

For more info: Hugh Horton, 586/215.7060, huhorton@gmail.com.


Big Lagoon Messabout -- 9 - 11 May
Trinadad CA

A Big Lagoon Messabout '13 will take place Friday - Sunday May 9-11 at Big Lagoon County Park, Trinidad, CA. Just like the last five years we should have folks attending from all over northern California and Oregon.
Like most messabouts there is no formal schedule of events. The messabout hosts will be there by Thursday evening, and anyone is welcome to come hang out with us at the small group campsite. We will host a potluck dinner Friday and Saturday nights, and hope for some music and singing too. Weather permitting, we will motor, sail or row towards the north end of the lagoon Saturday morning for a picnic lunch, and plan to catch the prevailing north-west winds back to camp.
The lagoon waters are very protected (particularly near the sandbar) and quite suitable for children's swimming, floating and boating. Come on up and check out one of the California Coast's most spectacular locations!


Eastern (Mid-Atlantic) Messabout -- 30 May - June 1
Elk Neck State Park, MD

An informal gathering for people who want to "mess about" in boats, sailboats, powerboats, canoe & kayak; home-built or commercial. Nail & glue, stitch & glue or "traditional" The more the merrier!


Classic Boat Show and Small Craft Festival -- 21 June
South Haven, Michigan

The 33nd annual boat show at the Michigan Maritime Museum will be held afloat and on shore in conjunction with South Haven's HarborFest. Classic and traditional small craft - row, paddle, sail and motor - will be featured with demonstrations and speakers throughout the day as well as toy boat building for kids. For more information and registration forms contact the museum at 260 Dyckman Ave. (at the bridge) South Haven, Michigan 49090, Tel: 269 637 8078 or go to www.MichiganMaritimeMuseum.org. Questions to boat show coordinator, Sandy Bryson, at sbryson@msu.edu.


The John Gardner Small Craft Workshop -- 27 - 29 June
WoodenBoat Show
Mystic, CT

Mystic Seaport is partnering with WoodenBoat and Traditional Small Craft Association to host the John Gardner Small Craft Workshop as part of the WoodenBoat Show. Participants can both enjoy the Show and follow John Gardner’s example to show that traditional small craft are a practical and economical way to enjoy the water.

The SCW will be based on the Australia Beach where a string of floats will be provided for our use. The workshop will include display of participant’s boats, shared use of participant’s boats at the discretion of the owner, demonstrations of small boat skills, morning rows on Saturday and Sunday and guided access to the Museum’s boat storage area. This should be a great time to get together with like minded traditional boat folks, to share our love and knowledge of traditional small craft with others and spend some quality time with friends new and old on the beach and underway. It is desired that all workshop participants volunteer to help out with one or more of these activities.

Please be sure to send in your registration form by June 19. Click on the following links to get the and information forms.
Letter to SCW Participants 2014
SCW Registration 2014


Bay Front Center Small Boat Festival -- 15 - 15 August
Erie, PA

The festival includes BMC’s 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday August 16th and the 3rd Annual Presque Isle Bay Messabout, Friday and Saturday.

The 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta provides families, friends, co-workers and organizations a fun, challenging, team building opportunity to strengthen: communication, problem solving, building, and paddling skills. Teams construct boats using cardboard, tape, glue and paint, and paddle their creations during races at BMC’s waterfront campus. There will be food, merchandise, and a kids tent. Prizes are awarded for most creative, crowd favorite, fastest time in each age bracket, and most dramatic sinking!

The 3rd Annual Presque Isle Bay Messabout brings handcrafted vessels of all types for a weekend of “messing about” on Presque Isle Bay and exploring Erie. Judges award prizes in several categories. On Saturday night, there will be a catered dinner and a speaker.

Please visit our website, http://www.bayfrontcenter.org, or call 814-456-4077, to learn more about the Small Boat Festival, BMC’s other programs, and how you can be a part of this year’s Small Boat Festival!


4th Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show -- 27 September
Corner of Moore Street and Caswell Avenue, Southport, NC

Greetings maritime friends and supporters! We are excited to begin preparations for Southport’s Wooden Boat Show. We encourage you to go to our website at http://www.southportwoodenboatshow.com for more information.


25th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show -- 18 - 19 October
Georgetown, SC

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 boats@woodenboatshow.com. 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

www.woodenboatshow.com
boats@woodenboatshow.com


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