Explore the calendar below of the different Pocket Yachter events. Click the event details button to learn more.


January 1 – 12pm
Rat Island New Year Messabout

Come celebrate the new year with a little get together of boating friends on Rat Island. We will gather around 11am to 12pm, weather permitting. In past years it has often been a cool but clear day, with light winds.

January 6
Beaver Creek Messabout (The Coots)

Join this small boat exploration of Beaver Creek, seven miles south of Newport, Oregon.

March 26
Season Opener Messabout – Triangle Lake (The Coots)

Join The Coots down in Oregon for their season opener.

April 1
Marine Thrift Swap Meet

Come on down and find that the used piece of boat gear you have been looking for, or setup a table and sell a bunch. Hours are not posted yet, but vendors start setting up at 7am and have to be gone by 3pm.

This event is run by the Northwest Maritime Center, but it happens in the port, at 315B Haines Place.

April 22-24
Depot Bay in Toledo (The Coots)

This is sometimes a boat show and cruise.

May 6
Opening Day of Boating

The Port Townsend Yacht Club celebrate the opening day of boating with a sail-by boat parade along the waterfront of Port Townsend.

May 13
Pull and Be Damned Small Boat Messabout

Join OARS & AWA members at the Seafarer’s Park dock in Anacortes, from 10am to 4pm. Check out lots of non-motorized craft, and get out on the water rowing or sailing.

May 19-21
Fern Ridge Spring Messabout – Eugene, Oregon

Held the weekend before Memorial Day, on the Fern Ridge Reservoir, near Eugene.

May 22
Gathering Of The Eagles Paddle – San Juan Island

The 3rd Annual Gathering of the Eagles will paddle from Odlin Park on Lopez Island to Jackson Beach on San Juan Island on Monday, May 22, 2023.

May 23
Canoe & Ocean Festival – San Juan Island

First annual San Juan Islands Canoe & Ocean Festival. What we hope will grow every year bringing together ocean & canoe people from the San Juan Archipelago/Salish Sea, across neighboring borders and extending across Pacific.

May 26-28
Salish Sea Small Boat Rendezvous – Montague Harbour

Join other cruisers at Montague Harbour Marine Park, on Galiano Island in British Columbia.

June 2
Seventy 48 Race Start

Human powered boat race from Tacoma to Port Townsend, covering 70 miles, that must be completed in 48 hours.

June 5
Race To Alaska

Sail and human powered race to Alaska from Port Townsend, WA. 750 miles of pain and beauty.

July 8
Hagg Lake Messabout (The Coots)

Join other small boaters at Hagg Lake down near Portland Oregon.

July 7-9
Salish Sea Small Boat Rendezvous – Sucia Island

Come join this small boat rendezvous at Sucia Island State Park in the San Juan Islands. Boaters will meet on the strip of land between Fox Cove and Fossil Bay. There will be a potluck, and maybe even a round-the-island race, winds permitting. It looks like Joel Bergen and Chuck Gottried are organizing the event this year, although technically this is not an organized event.

July 20-27
Salish 100

The largest organized small-boat cruise in North America. Join a hundred or so other small boaters, cruising in a relaxed way from Olympia, WA to Port Townsend, with stops each night. The inaugural Salish 100 was created and run in 2019 by the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters. It was a big hit, and so much fun for everyone involved that it was destined to become an annual event. But it was also a big event for our little club to manage, so the Northwest Maritime Center agreed to add it to their programs, along with the Race to Alaska, and SEVENTY48. To learn more and register visit their website at the link below.

July 29 – Saturday 10am to 5pm
Port Townsend Pocket Yacht Palooza

A free event of small boats displayed on the Commons Plaza at the Northwest Maritime Center, with more boats anchored off the beach. All are welcome to view the boats and talk with the owners. To learn more and to register your boat for the event read the full details at the link below.

July 30 — ?
Pocket Yacht Crooza

The Crooza is back in 2023. The day after the Pocket Yacht Palooza, a group of small boaters will cruise for three days, with visits to favorite local overnight spots, and this year there will also be a tour of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock. The event has also been renamed this to the Pocket Yacht Crooza (v.s. Palooza Crooza).

August 18-20
Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show (The Coots)

September 8-10
Wooden Boat Festival – Port Townsend

Don’t miss the largest wooden boat festival in North America. It is a blast, full of beautiful boats, and plenty of opportunity to learn new things.