Cast Off !! Free Public Sail at the Center for Wooden Boats

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Came across this interesting FREE event the other day and I definitely plan on checking this out. My son has never been on a sail ride but about a month ago we were driving over the 520 when he spotted boats and asked, “Wanna do that”. So I am so happy that I will be able to surprise him soon with a ride on a sailboat.  There is no age restrictions and life jackets are provided. Please note however in reading their facts, they state that they DO NOT have aides available for assisted lifts. For additional information please check out there website at:

cwb.org/events/cast-off/

CAST OFF!!  FREE PUBLIC SAIL

Information from the Center for Wooden Boats

Join us every Sunday for a free ride on one of our historic wooden boats!

Rides start throughout the day and last about 45 minutes. Sign-ups begin in person at 10am; space is limited and rides fill quickly. Arrive early to ensure your first choice, especially on sunny days and holidays. One person may sign up five other people who are not present, but no phone reservations are accepted. All ages are welcome and we have life jackets for everyone. We sail rain or shine, but wind conditions may keep us at the dock.

Our Cast Off! program allows visitors the chance to sail in classic boats. The boats we use include: Admirable, a Bristol Bay Gillnetter, Amie, a Friendship sloop, Colleen Wagner, an Egret Sharpie, our long-boat Discovery, our New Haven Sharpie Betsy D, or a visiting classic. Before and after your sail take a walk on the docks and discover the boats. Watch the volunteer crews rigging the boats. They’ll be happy to answer any question you might have, and you may even have a chance to help with the rigging! We sail rain or shine, but wind conditions may keep us at the dock. Reservations are taken day-of-sail only at the CWB front desk. This is a popular activity so please arrive early to reserve a spot, we open at 10 am

FAQ’S

DO I HAVE TO WAIT AROUND FOR THE RIDE?

No. You must sign up in person, but we invite you to explore the neighborhood, walk the docks, or grab a bite to eat while you wait. Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled ride for boarding.

DOES MY WHOLE PARTY HAVE TO BE PRESENT FOR SIGN UPS?

No. One person may sign up for up to 5 additional people.

CAN I RESERVE A SPACE BEFORE-HAND, OR OVER THE PHONE?

Current CWB members may now reserve up to six spaces in advance! We release a limited number of spots beginning the Monday prior to each Sunday Public Sail. For more information or to reserve a spot, click here. Not a member yet? It’s easy! Sign up online here. Aside from these limited pre-released spots, sign ups take place in person beginning at 10:00am. Space is limited and boats fill up fast, so make sure to arrive early to get your first choice of boat and time.

DOES THIS HAPPEN ALL YEAR? ARE THERE WEATHER RESTRICTIONS?

Yes. We offer free rides all year, rain or shine. The only time we cancel free rides is when winds on Lake Union reach 13mph sustained. Feel free to give us a call if you would like to check weather conditions, or look right here.

CAN KIDS COME? ELDERLY PEOPLE?

Yes! There are no age restrictions. Please note that our rides are in historic vessels and CWB staff and volunteers are unable to aid in assisted lifts. There may be steps of up to 1.5′ onto a secured, but shifting vessel. Our docks and the public areas of our museum are fully accessible.

CALENDER

APRIL

Sun, Apr 6 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Apr 13 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Apr 20 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Apr 27 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

MAY

Sun, May 4 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, May 11 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, May 18 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, May 25 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

JUNE

Sun, Jun 1 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Jun 8 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Jun 15 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Jun 22 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Jun 29 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

JULY

Sun, Jul 6 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Jul 13 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Jul 20 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Jul 27 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

AUGUST

Sun, Aug 3 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Aug 10 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Aug 17 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Aug 24 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Aug 31 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 7 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 14 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 21 2014 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

COST: FREE

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