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​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:

  • sk100Experience 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|
    Cost: $45
    Click here to register online or to view the complete kayaking class schedule.

  • experiencesailingExperience 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: Friday, August 7th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Cost: $50
    Click here to register online or to view the complete sailing class schedule.


Next Ferry Farewell Flotilla is Saturday July 25th

flotillaContinuing a tradition begun in 2013, the Community Boating Center is hosting flotillas of watercraft for bidding adieu to departing Alaska ferries bound for Ketchikan. Boats of all kind are encouraged to join the gatherings on selected dates. 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 centerpiece of the Flotillas is the vessel Plume, a longboat replica built by staff and students of Bellingham’s Home Port Learning Center. Plume is 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 19 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.

Remaining Ferry Farewell Flotillas are planned for 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. The Special Saturday Send-Off on July 25 will bid adieu to the 382-foot MV Kennicott.  The late August Friday Flotilla will sendoff the 418-foot MV Columbia.  This event offers the opportunity to crew aboard Plume north to return the vessel to its school-year moorage at Squalicum Harbor.  A shuttle will return crew members to Fairhaven. 


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