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Fan Favorite Quick and Daring Race Highlights Sunday at The Center for Wooden Boats 37th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival

July 7, 2013


SEATTLE (July 7, 2013) –  The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) 37th annual Lake Union Wooden Boats Festival ends today with the traditional final day fan favorite….the Quick and Daring Boat Race.  The challenge in the Quick and Daring Boat Race, sponsored this year by Thain Boatworks/Earthwise Ventures, is to build a boat made of wood or some natural product in just 24 hours that you can launch and race around a triangular course.

Not sinking is challenge number one for these quick and daring boat builders. What makes this race especially hard is that one leg of the course must be sailed, one leg rowed, and the final leg is up the captain. But wait, that’s not all.  The tools these builder use to build the boats are put on a scale and weighed.  The lower the weight, the higher they score.  The time it takes to complete the boat under 24-hours is also checked, so if they build the boat quickly it will also boost their score.


This puzzle of a boat race has challenged builders at the CWB Wooden Boat Festival for year.  Some choose to build fast with light weight tools, hoping the boats just hold together to get across the finish line.  Others take their time, bringing heavy power tools that allow them build a strong and fast boat, hoping that they’ll win the race by enough time to make up for the tool weight.

Two years ago one boat builder built a paper shell boat and liner…filling the space with water and dry ice to harden the boat.  It didn’t end well. They took one stroke, tipped over, and billowing clouds of melting dry ice streamed across the laughing faces of the other racers.  But they got points for style.


The Quick and Daring Race is just one a favorite feature of the long running summer time tradition that CWB’s Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival has become.  Come to the lake to enjoy heritage boats displays, workshops, toy boat building for kids, musical treats on the festival stage and food and drink in the beer garden.  The Wooden Boat festival runs thru today, Sunday July 7th at the South end of Lake Union. 

In addition to being able to board dozens of historic sailing and rowing vessels, people coming to the festival will be able to take free boat rides, build toy boats, and explore the many styles of boatbuilding in the Northwest.

The FREE Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival opens today at 10 a.m. and runs until 6pm. 

Activities for the kids today at the Wooden Boat Festival include Toy Boat Building where they can build and decorate their own model boats; and Pirate Storytime aboard the historic tug boat Arthur Foss, featuring the nautical yarns of Pirate Lou. Kids will also be able to build a kite and fly it from the festival grounds, and sail model boats in the park’s boat pond.

The Center for Wooden Boats gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors in making it possible to bring so many wonderful boats and boat lovers together over the holiday. Sponsors include: Vulcan Real Estate, Holland American Line, World Sports Grille, West Marine, Pemco Insurance, The Seattle Mariners, Thain Boatworks/Earthwise Ventures, KPLU-FM, KUOW-FM, Classic KING-FM, The Drachen Foundation, Seafair, 4Culture, The City of Seattle office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation,  Pilgrim Media Services, and @ Lake Union Park.   We would also like to thank Seafair and its fireworks sponsors Starbucks, Microsoft and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Date:              Sunday July 7th
Time:             10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location:      The Center for Wooden Boats at Lake Union Park 
1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA‎  98109
Cost:             FREE!  Donations gratefully accepted.

Getting There: Park downtown and take the Seattle Streetcar to South Lake Union or drive via Interstate 5, take the Mercer Street exit, turn right onto Fairview Ave N., left onto Valley Street. Metered-street parking and several parking lots are available the area. For Metro Transit routes contact Metro at 206-553-3000 or visit

More Info:  Log on to or call 206-382-2628



10:00am Festival OPENS

10:00am Free Boat Ride Sign-ups Begin

10:00am Pond Boat Sailing in the Model Pond

11:00am Maritime skills on the Arthur Foss

11:00am Spar Making, CWB Boatshop

12:00pm Historic Vessels Horns, Bells and Whistles Sound Off

12:30pm Lake Union History Tour by MOAHI, Meet at the Boat Pond

12:30pm Ask a Boatwright, CWB Boatshop

1:00pm Pirate Storytime with Pirate Lou on the Arthur Foss

2:00pm Green Boat Technology, CWB Boatshop

3:00pm Sea Dream: A 12 year restoration, CWB Boatshop

3:00pm Tugboat skills on the Arthur Foss

3:30pm Quick and Daring Parade

4:00pm Quick and Daring Race

6:00pm Schooners depart for evening sail (paid rides)

6:00pm Festival CLOSES

6:30pm Pub Closes

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