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Pocket Yachter Events

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

We organize the annual Pocket Yacht Palooza—largest boat show celebrating small craft in North America—and the ensuing Palooza Crooza, a three-night cruise for skippers who take part in the Pocket Yacht Palooza.

In 2019, the Pocket Yachters 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—biggest small-boat cruise in North America—attracted skippers from two dozen U.S. states and two foreign countries. The Salish 100 was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid 19 concerns, but it is scheduled for July 9-15 of this year, now under the banner of Port Townsend’s Northwest Maritime Center, with organizational support from the Pocket Yachters.

In a normal year there are many events and messabouts that you are welcome to join.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


Pocket Yacht Palooza Crooza
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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.
Pocket Yacht Palooza
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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.
Salish Sea Small Boat Rendezvous - Montague Harbour
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Join other cruisers at Montague Harbour Marine Park, on Galiano Island in British Columbia.
Canoe & Ocean Festival – San Juan Island
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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.