The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show – always held on the third weekend in October – offers fun for the whole family. The show will feature one of our nation’s best wooden boat exhibits with more than 140 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, a wooden boatbuilding competition, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music. Admission is free to the public.
On Saturday, October 18, the Wooden Boat Challenge will feature teams of two racing to build a rowing skiff within a 4 hour time limit. At 5 p.m. the competitors will test their completed skiffs for seaworthiness in a rowing relay across the Sampit River. The teams will be scored on speed of construction, quality of work and rowing speed. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.
This year’s 25th anniversary show will extend to Sunday, October 19. In addition to the boat and commercial exhibits, Sunday’s events will include an ensemble performance by the Winyah Indigo Chorale Society and an Opti Pram regatta featuring the SC Youth Sailing program’s fleet of wooden Opti’s. A special attraction will be the Master Boatbuilders Challenge; teams of past Wooden Boat Challenge winners will be given the same materials as the Saturday challenge but can build any boat they wish. The competition will focus on quality workmanship and there will a four hour time limit. Boatbuilding will begin at 11 a.m. to give the teams time to put their boat’s in the water before the show’s end at 4 p.m.
The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show is produced by the Harbor Historical Association, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. For more information, to register a boat for exhibit or to sponsor this event contact Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, PO Box 2228, Georgetown, SC 29442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at www.woodenboatshow.com.