Friday, April 12, 2013

New Date, Location for Boatbuilding Competition

Pacific Maritime Magazine’s yearly Quick and Dirty Boatbuilding Competition is moving from the Seattle Maritime Festival to the annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival.

The 2013 contest is scheduled to be held Sept. 7 at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal, which has easier access to the water than the competition’s previous location, as well as a better racecourse and more substantial viewing for larger crowds.

The annual Pacific Maritime Magazine Quick and Dirty Boatbuilding Competition pits teams against one another as they work for six hours to build boats using $100 worth of materials. The builders then enthusiastically paddle their craft around a designated racecourse. Awards are given for the fastest boat – the Marty Johnson memorial award – and the "dirtiest" boat.

Teams that have competed in the past have included shipyards, naval architects, commercial vessel operators and even professional publishers.

The annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival celebrates the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to the terminal while raising money for the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation. The festival provides families with a fun and educational outing on the waterfront and an opportunity to learn more about wild seafood and the harvesters and vessels that make it possible.

More about the competition, including rule and an entry form, can be found at