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 12pm, weather permitting. In past years it has often been a cool but clear day, with light winds.
Tides in the morning are minor. Port Townsend low tide is at 8:09 am at 7.76 feet, rising to 9.41 feet at 1:06 pm. But then it drops to a -3.22 feet by the evening.
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.
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.
Fern Ridge Spring Messabout – Eugene, Oregon
Held the weekend before Memorial Day, on the Fern Ridge Reservoir, near Eugene.
Salish Sea Small Boat Rendezvous – Montague Harbour
Join other cruisers at Montague Harbour Marine Park, on Galiano Island in British Columbia.
Seventy 48 Race Start
Human powered boat race from Tacoma to Port Townsend, covering 70 miles, that must be completed in 48 hours.
Race To Alaska
Sail and human powered race to Alaska from Port Townsend, WA. 750 miles of pain and beauty.
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.
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. Registration opens on December 1.
B.C. Barefoot Raid
Join a fun bunch of small boaters raiding and cruising for about a week, through an interesting route of islands in British Columbia.
July 23 – 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 24-26 Sunday to Tuesday
Pocket Yacht Crooza
The Crooza is back in 2022. 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).
Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show
B.C. to Port Townsend Barefoot Raid
Join a fun bunch of small boaters raiding and cruising for about a week. You will start in British Columbia, and end up in Port Townsend, Washington, just in time for the Wooden Boat Festival.
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.
Mystery Bay End Of Season Fun
Sort of a last minute get together of the Pocket Yachters, to celebrate the year, and chat about the future. Bring your own lunch. Show up whenever you want, but plan on gathering around noon. There may be an entertaining Portage Pram race, with a winner’s cup even!
September 17 – 1 to 4pm
Pull and Be Damned Small Boat Messabout – Anacortes
Join OARS members and small boat enthusiasts for a few hours of fun at the Seafarers’ Memorial Park dock. Bring you own boat or just enjoy the array. All non-motorized craft welcome. You can get out on the water with a free row in a traditional gig, or maybe go for a sail. Wear soft-soled shoes. Life jackets available.
Note: The self service boat hoist at Cap Sante marina is out of service and will not be available Saturday. Anyone coming to the messabout can use the marina sling launch by B dock at a 50% discount off the normal $41 fee but they must mention they are attending the messabout.