7-Day a Week Operation Begins June 22nd
The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the CBC's 7-day operations and is less than three weeks away! Starting Monday June 22nd the Community Boating Center will be open for boat rentals from 12pm - Sunset on weekdays, and remain open from 10am - Sunset on weekends.
Thanks to the work of volunteers and CBC staff, an additional keelboat will also be launched the week of June 22nd. This will increase the sailing opportunities for community members, season pass holders, and class graduates.
Experience Sailing or Sea Kayaking
Have you been tossing around the idea of trying sailing or sea kayaking for the first time? If you're looking for a low-cost, introductory experience then consider the CBC's Experience Sailing or Experience Sea Kayaking classes:
- Experience Sea Kayaking - This introductory class is designed to get aspiring paddlers out on the water as quickly as possible to experience the basics of sea kayaking. Participants receive basic instruction in paddle-strokes, cold-water safety, and paddling equipment, then enjoy a low-key group paddle. This class is a low-cost opportunity for new paddlers, including people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to get into a sea kayak and enjoy the experience.
Next Class: Sunday July 12th from 2:30pm - 05:30pm|
Click here to register online or to view the complete kayaking class schedule.
- Experience Sailing - Under the direction of an experienced skipper up to four participants will depart and return to the Community Boating Center under sail-power only! Participants will experience rigging a sailboat, learning boat parts, steering, and sailing maneuvers. Some initial time on land will be spent discussing the fundamentals of sailing but the focus is spending time on the water.
Next Class: Sunday June 14th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Click here to register online or to view the complete sailing class schedule.
Next Ferry Farewell Flotilla is Friday July 3rd
Renewing a tradition begun in 2013, the Community Boating Center will continue this summer to host flotillas of watercraft for bidding adieu to departing Alaska ferries bound for Ketchikan. Boats of all kind are encouraged to join the gatherings. To enhance participation, the Boating Center offers 50% off rental fees for human-powered watercraft, including kayaks, rowboats and paddleboards during the Farewell Flotilla events. The first Flotilla will be Friday, June 19, beginning at 5:00 PM.
Again this year, the centerpiece of the Flotillas will the vessel Plume, a longboat replica built by staff and students of Bellingham’s Home Port Learning Center. Plume will be available for a limited group to be the crew for the ferry send-off. Mike Baker, Home Port faculty member and captain of Plume, says, ”Plume is a time-travelling vessel that can take you back 230 years. She has been Home Port’s floating classroom for 18 years, enabling students to understand the benefits of interdependence and hard work. Nothing makes community like a small boat.” Sign-ups for participating aboard Plume begin at 5:00 PM on the evenings of the events, near the public boat launch in Fairhaven. Donations are appreciated.
Additional Ferry Farewell Flotillas are planned for July 3, July 25, and August 28. All participants should wear a life jacket and have clothing available for a variety of weather. Life jackets will be available for Plume participants and CBC renters. Friday Flotillas will sendoff the 418-foot MV Columbia. The lone Saturday gathering on July 25 will bid adieu to the 382-foot MV Kennicott.