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Pocket Yachter Events

No rules, just fun. Come join us for an event.

We the Pocket Yachters have a long history of organizing events for like minded folk:

  • The annual Pocket Yacht Palooza, the largest boat show celebrating small craft in North America, ran for many years ending in 2020
  • In 2019 we debuted a new and larger event, the annual Salish 100, a week-long small-boat cruise the length of Puget Sound, 100 nautical miles from Olympia to Port Townsend. The event attracted skippers from two dozen U.S. states and two foreign countries. The Salish 100 went on hiatus in 2020 but is back as an annual event now under the banner of Port Townsend’s Northwest Maritime Center, with organizational support from the Pocket Yachters.
  • And new for 2024 is our first ever Small Boat Festival, July 26-27 this year centered in Port Ludlow Marina on Puget Sound just south of Port Townsend. See all the details in the event listing below.

In a normal year there are many events and messabouts that you are welcome to join. For a (very incomplete) list of previous years' events, take a look at our archive

2024

Montague Harbour Rendezvous
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From May 24th to 26th, this is one half of the events put on by the Salish Sea Small Boat Rendezvous group in BC, the other being the Sucia Island Rendezvous. Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park is located on Galiano Island in the Canadian Gulf Islands.
Seventy 48 Race start
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Human powered boat race from Tacoma to Port Townsend, covering 70 miles, that must be completed in 48 hours.
Race to Alaska Start
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Sail and human powered race to Alaska from Port Townsend, WA. 750 miles of pain and beauty.
Sucia Island Rendezvous
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From July 12th to 14th, this is a great event hosted at the most northerly island in the San Juan archipelago. We have informal potluck gatherings around dinner time at the campsite (or at the picnic shelter if it’s available) and, if the usual light winds and strong currents cooperate, we will attempt a Round-the-island “race” Saturday at noon.
Start of Salish 100
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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.
Pacific Northwest SMALL BOAT FESTIVAL
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This event will showcase 75 outstanding small boats in the water and an additional 25-30 on dry land. The dates are July 26-27 at Port Ludlow Marina on beautiful Port Ludlow Bay just 13 nautical miles south of Port Townsend.
Barefoot Raid
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From August 14th to 21st, the Barefoot Raid features a week of camaraderie and “racing” with newfound friends in the beautiful BC interior. Sail or human-power yourself for a week along some of British Columbia’s most beautiful coastline. Raft up with your fellow racers for catered breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
19th Annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show
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On August 17th and 18th, supported by the Oregon Coots, the Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show includes events such as family boatbuilding, boat rides, a poker paddle and, especially, the cardboard boat races. The Boathouses will be loaning out rowboats and canoes.
Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival
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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.