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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


Rat Island Messabout
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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.
Marine Thrift Swap Meet (NWMC)
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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 8am to 2pm. This event is run by the Northwest Maritime Center, but it happens in the port, at 315B Haines Place.
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.
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.
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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.
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.