Sydney, Australia, may be the most far-flung location for a wooden-boat festival — at least from a North American perspective — but the city reckons it has one of the finest assortments of wooden boats anywhere in the world.
Staged in April at the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Classic and Wooden Boat Festival displayed steam launches, speedboats, tugs, whaling ships and demonstrations of traditional craftsmanship — just the sort of event that The WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn., provided June 24-26.
You’ll find festivals on the shore of nearly every body of water in North America. The 40th annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival opened Saturday and closes today in Seattle.
Also coming this summer and fall are these events:
Vancouver (B.C.) Wooden Boat Festival, Aug. 25-28; www.vanwoodboatfestival.wordpress.com
Victoria (B.C.) Classic Boat Festival, Sept. 2-4; www.classicboatfestival.ca
Northwest Maritime Center’s 40th annual Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 9-11, in Port Townsend, Wash.; www.nwmaritime.org
Wooden Boat Festival, Madisonville, La., Oct. 8-9; www.woodenboatfest.org
Georgetown (S.C.) Wooden Boat Show, Oct. 15-16; www.woodenboatshow.com