Monthly Friday Ferry Farewell Flotillas Start July 25th
Each fourth Friday this summer, beginning July 25, the Community Boating Center will host a flotilla of boats in south Bellingham Bay to bid adieu do the departing Alaska ferry. On those days, the 418-foot MV Columbia is scheduled to leave the Bellingham Cruise Terminal at 6:00 PM, bound for Ketchikan. Private boats of all kind are encouraged to join the gathering! To encourage public participation in the flotilla the Boating Center is offering 20% off the rental cost of sailing dinghies and human-powered watercraft (including kayaks, rowboats and paddleboards) starting at 5:00 PM each fourth Friday through September.
On Flotilla Fridays, Plume, the longboat replica built by staff and students of Bellingham’s Home Port Learning Center, will be available for a limited group of folks who want to row out for the ferry send-off. Sign-ups for participating aboard Plume will begin at 5:00 PM, near the public boat launch in Fairhaven, on the evenings of the events. Reservations will not be taken for this free opportunity.
Ferry Farewell Flotillas are planned for July 25, August 22, and September 26. 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.
Experience Sea Kayaking on Bellingham Bay
If you've considered giving sea kayaking a try we offer a variety of monthly classes & programs to ease you into this active sport:
- SK100: Experience Sea Kayaking - This 3 hour class will give you a taste of what sea kayaking can be. We use wide, stable double sea kayaks for this class.
- SK101: Introduction to Sea Kayaking - This 9 hour course is the pillar of our sea kayaking program, and is designed to equip you with the basic skills and knowledge to be a safe and self-sufficient paddler. Kayaking should be fun and being safe is the first step.
- Guided Evening Paddles - If you're looking for a fun and memorable evening activity then consider one of our guided evening tours run by experienced kayak guides. We'll provide stable double kayaks, all the necessary equipment, and light snacks. We offer Sunset, Full-Moon, and Bioluminescense tours - great as a family outing, a date-night, or a new way to see the Bay.
If you've thought about volunteering but haven't made the plunge then consider visiting our volunteering page to download the application and waiver. Now is a great time to send in your volunteer application as we can connect you to opportunities that match your interest as the season develops. Upcoming volunteer needs include:
- Waterfront volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays to assist with equiping rentals and minor projects..
- Volunteers to table and do outreach during events (Farmers Market, School Fairs, etc).
- Volunteers interested in helping prepare boats for the season (sail inspection, varnishing, scrubbing kayaks, etc).