Two of Washington’s best-known sailing ships will be on hand this weekend as the 32nd Olympia Wooden Boat Fair returns to Percival Landing.
Among the 41 boats attending the festival will be the 133-foot schooner Adventuress and the 90-foot yawl Odyssey, as well as sailboats, tugboats and rowboats.
“There’s a lot of boats, from new boats to some over 100 years old,” said Ed Docherty, dockmaster for the fair. “Some are powered, some are sailboats, some are rowboats; there’s all different styles of boats.”
The Adventuress, operated by Sound Experience in Port Townsend, will be docked at the Port Plaza in front of Anthony’s Homeport. That is the closest dock large enough to handle the two-mast ship, Docherty said.
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The ship will offer two three-hour sailing trips on Mother’s Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. The cost is $50 per adult and $30 per child 17 and younger. Mothers, however, can sail for free. To register for a trip, call 360-379-0438.
The Tacoma-based Odyssey, operated by the Sea Scouts, will be docked at Percival Landing. The sailing training ship will not be giving rides.
Among the other boats scheduled for the show are the 38-foot Piave, a fantail fishing trawler built in 1916 that was converted into a pleasure boat in the 1940s; a 12-foot miniature tugboat Docherty described as looking like “a piece of furniture”; the Beladora, a 33-foot sailboat with a wooden structure but rubber pontoons; the Hammer-P, a boat powered only by electricity; and The Jazz, a 28-foot International Star class racing boat and winner of numerous Olympic and world championship medals.
“They’re all unique,” Docherty said.
Many of the boats will be available for tours. “Most of the boaters encourage people to come on board, especially the kids, to see what life is like on board,” he added.
But there is more to do than see boats for the 20,000 people expected to attend this year’s event.
Kids will have the chance Saturday to build their own miniature wooden boat. Boat hulls and components are supplied; the rest is left to the child’s imagination. There is a limit of one per child, and organizers ask that adults supervise their children. The hulls are supplied by the Olympia High School wood shop students from wood donated by Curtis Lumber. The activity starts at 10 a.m. and will run until the wood runs out.
There will be more than 50 booths featuring arts and crafts. Among items that will be for sale are photographs, clothing, wood engravings, paintings, yard art, jewelry, pottery and art pieces.
If checking out all the watercraft makes you hungry, don’t despair. This year’s fair will include almost 20 food booths in International Food Alley. Offerings will include Polish sausage sandwiches, Thai and other Asian food, clam chowder, wraps, Caribbean cuisine, steak, baked potatoes, seafood and nachos.
Because of construction at the landing, many of the vendor and food booths will be in new locations this year. The majority will be in the large open lot between the Oyster House and Bayview Thriftway, Docherty said.
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Olympia Wooden Boat Fair
What: Olympia Wooden Boat Fair
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Percival Landing Park, 625 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia