2022 Pocket Yacht Crooza – A Don’t Miss Event

July 24-26, 2022 – Two Night Cruise

Port Townsend to Mats Mats – To Port Hadlock (with Boat School Tour) – Return to Port Townsend

Ready for a cozy evening.

The Pocket Yacht Crooza is a small craft micro-adventure departing the Northwest Maritime Center on Sunday, July 24, the day following the Pocket Yacht Palooza, also at NWMC. Boaters will cruise together for two-three days over a 31 mile route, returning to Port Townsend on July 26.

The highlights? An overnight in the secluded Mats Mats back bay, AND a special visit and “insider” tour of the renowned Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock.

The plan for the 31 mile Crooza is to leave the Northwest Maritime Center about 10:00 am on July 24 and sail, row, paddle or power our way to Mats Mats Bay, a 16 mile run down Admiralty Inlet and down the east of Marrowstone Island. Mats Mats is a wonderfully protected back bay, accessed via a scenic and nearly secret narrow entrance. It’s the only bay in the state that is entirely owned by its surrounding property owners. We’ll anchor overnight Sunday at Mats Mats. Inquiries re tent camping opportunities are TBD.

An early departure on Monday morning will enable the fleet to transit the Port Townsend Canal on the remaining flood, six miles north of Mats Mats, before the tide change in the narrow canal about 10:30 am.

Port Hadlock, a short sail north of the Canal, is the home of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Founded in 1981, this fully accredited occupational studies institution has taught wooden boatbuilding and marine systems curriculum to more than 1,600 students from around the world. Our tour will provide for a very special experience.

After lunch afloat or on the beach, the NWSWB tour and much boat talk, Pocket Yacht Crooza-ers will have the option of a Monday afternoon sail, paddle, row or motor back to Port Townsend, or, spending the night “on the hook” at Port Hadlock and returning the following day. The possibility of tent camping are TBD at Jefferson County’s Oak Bay Camp Ground; and Fort Townsend Historical State Park.

More detailed information including tide and current conditions for each leg of the Crooza will be provided at the Saturday, July 23 Skippers meeting, a potluck at 5pm directly after the Pocket Yacht Palooza.

Pocket Yacht Crooza Registration

Registration has been turned off. Look for announcements for next year.

Experience Level
You are responsible for the safe operation of your own vessel, the route you are taking, and for potential weather and water conditions you may encounter. It is best if you have some intercoastal overnight cruising experience. If you don’t, let us know and we can advise you on preparation. On this route you should be prepared for up to 20 mph winds, have the ability to reef your sail on the water and to take it down on the water. We may experience strong currents and steep standing waves in tidal zones and in situations with wind against current, so your boat should have buoyancy in case of capsize, and you should have a capsize recovery plan. You should be able to maintain three knots of boat speed with your auxiliary power.

Recommended Safety Gear

Finally, and importantly, if you plan to take part in the Palooza Crooza, we recommend that you have the following items aboard your boat:

  • PFDs – One Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person aboard, plus one throwable if your boat is longer than 16 feet.
  • VHF Radio – If handheld (ideally waterproof), bring extra battery. Monitor Ch. 68 during all active hours of the Palooza Crooza
  • Fire Extinguisher – Required if your boat has an inboard engine; is longer than 26 feet, or has closed compartments for storage of fuel or other flammable materials.
  • Sound-Signaling Device – Some means of making an efficient sound signal (whistle, typically).
  • Navigation Lights – Boats under 23 feet in length, if not equipped with sidelights and a stern light, must have ready at hand a flashlight or lantern showing a white light that must be displayed in sufficient time to avoid a collision… according to CG regulations.
  • Visual Signaling – For boats under 16 feet, distress signals (red flares, flashlights) are required for distress signals between sunset and sunrise. For boats over 16 feet, requirements are for one orange distress flag and one electric distress light, or three handheld or floating orange smoke signals and one electric distress light, or three combination day-night red flares, handheld, meteor or parachute type.
  • Anchor and Rode – Anchor, chain and/or line appropriate for the boat. (We recommend but do not require two anchors, with suitable rode, for the Crooza.)
  • Reboarding Device – A ladder, other device or plan for getting skipper/crew back in the boat in open water.
  • Compass – Magnetic or electronic compass.
  • Bilge Pump, Bailer, Buckets – Some way to bail out the boat.
  • Charts – Covering the area of the Palooza Crooza, paper or electronic.
  • First Aid – A basic or more-than-basic kit
  • Lines – Enough for mooring and towing… or being towed.
  • Boat Fenders (at least two)
  • Knife
  • Foulweather gear, extra clothing for everyone aboard.
  • Water, food and cooking equipment for four days. (Don’t plan on restaurant meals…. they don’t exist on our route.)
  • Dry bags to protect extra clothing and electronic gear.
  • Camping gear, including tarp(s), for those tent-camping ashore.
  • Other Items – Recommended but not required: Handheld GPS, depth-sounding line and lead; flashlight, timepiece, cellphone and camera to capture all of the memorable scenes.