23rd Annual Wooden Boat Show
The Harbor Historical Association of Georgetown will present the 23rd Annual Wooden Boat Show on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 11am to 6pm. This year’s show will feature one of the nation’s premier wooden boat exhibits, a wooden boatbuilding competition, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art & crafts, food and music. These events will take place on the waterfront and along Front Street in historic downtown Georgetown. Money raised through sales and donations will benefit the South Carolina Maritime Museum located in Georgetown.
On Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm, over 100 classic wooden boats will be displayed in the water, along the boardwalk and on Front Street. Vessels ranging in size from kayaks to yachts, will be exhibited in twelve categories: row, canoe, kayak, surfboard, sail, inboard power, outboard power, classic sail (built prior to 1960), classic inboard power (built prior to 1960), classic outboard power, owner designed and built, and century class (100 years or older). Visitors will be able to meet and talk to wooden boat craftsmen, manufacturers and owners. Maritime arts, crafts and models will also be on display.
The Wooden Boat Challenge will begin at noon under the big tent on Broad Street. Two- man teams will race to build a rowing skiff within a four hour time limit. At 5pm the competitors will test their completed skiffs for seaworthiness in a rowing relay across the Sampit River. The teams will be judged on speed of construction, quality of work and rowing ability. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. The Challenge is open to men and women, family teams, boatbuilders and woodworkers, basically anyone with a love for wooden boats and their construction.
Other events include knot tying demonstrations and a knot tying competition, children’s model boatbuilding, gig rows with the New Charleston Mosquito Fleet, food, music and more.
At 7pm an awards ceremony and banquet will be held for boat exhibitors, wooden boatbuilding competitors, sponsors and guests. Prizes will be presented to the winners in each of the twelve exhibit categories, to the “People’s Choice Grand Award” winner, the Six Knot Challenge winner, and to the winning Wooden Boat Challenge competitors.
Sponsorships for this year’s show are available beginning at $250. Each level of sponsorship receives the following:
The Wooden Boat Show is produced by the Harbor Historical Association, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
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