Friday Harbor, Washington (July 20, 2016) – Schooners North’s famed vessel, Spike Africa, will take a break from cruises around the San Juan Islands to join the 40th Annual Wooden Boat Festival at the Port Townsend marina. This year’s festival will take place on September 9-11, 2016. There will be live music, delicious food, local brews, family friendly activities, exhibitions, as well as over 100 indoor and outdoor demonstrations.
The Wooden Boat Festival is held each year to provide an educational and inspiring experience for those who have a deep-seated appreciation for sailing and wooden boats. This is one of the biggest events of this kind and will feature over 300 boats both on land and water. Being a newly-restored 80-foot, 40-year old schooner Spike Africa will be one of the “tall-ship” stars of the show. The legendary schooner will also compete against other racers on the very last day of the festival. Spike Africa sails from her home in Friday Harbor just in time to arrive to kick off the festival.
Spike Africa’s voyage from Friday Harbor to Port Townsend offers a special opportunity to those who want to take part in the Festival. Options for accommodations near the event grow scarcer every day with RV spaces already sold out and motels having long waiting lists By booking with Schooners North you can sleep on board Spike Africa every night. You won’t have to hunt down and pay for a local vacancy. And you’ll have the rare opportunity to ride on Spike during Sunday’s Schooner Race. Call the Schooners North office for reservations. Space is extremely limited so it is advisable to book as early as possible.
The festival will also feature 120 presentations, dozens of exhibitors and more. Some of the highlights of the festival include the new Western Flyer Exhibition, the first-ever Wooden Boat Festival Maritime Museum Experience, the new Paddleboard Pool, and nightly Fisherpoets Presentations. Parents bringing along their kids need not worry because there are many activities perfectly suited for younger attendees, such as kid’s boat-building events, free rides on the handmade Carousel of the Sea, a craft booth where a variety of nautical themed entertainment will be available, a Pirate Treasure Hunt, and more.
For more information about securing your place aboard Spike Africa, go to www.SanJuanSailCharter.com or call Schooners North at 360-378-2224.
About Schooners North
Schooners North is known for offering services such as Wildlife Quests, whale watching, private charters, burials at sea, and the ever popular cruise around the San Juan Islands. Each sailing experience offers passengers a chance to explore the beautiful islands and learn about the various sea creatures that thrive nearby while sailing on board an historic schooner.