The Harbor Historical Association of Georgetown presents the 30th Annual Wooden Boat Show on Friday, Oct. 18; Saturday, Oct. 19; and Sunday, Oct. 20.
This year’s show will feature one of the nation’s best wooden boat exhibits, a wooden boat building competition, a corrugated boat regatta, children’s model boat building, knot tying, maritime art & crafts, food and live music. All events will take place on the waterfront and along Front Street in historic downtown Georgetown. Admission is free to the public.
All proceeds will benefit the South Carolina Maritime Museum. The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show has been designated by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for October.
On Saturday highlights include events from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with free admission, as more than 140 classic wooden boats will be displayed in the water and along Front Street. Vessels ranging in sizes from kayaks to cruising yachts will be exhibited in categories including: row, canoe, kayak, surfboard, sail, inboard power, outboard power, owner designed and built, century class (100 years or older), model boats and “classic” categories for boats that are aged 50 years or older. Visitors will be able to meet and talk to wooden boat craftsmen, manufacturers and owners. Maritime art & crafts will also be on display.
The Wooden Boat Challenge will begin at noon under the big tent on Broad Street. Two-person teams will race to build a rowing skiff within a four-hour time limit. At 5 p.m., the teams will test their completed skiffs for seaworthiness in a rowing relay across the Sampit River. The teams will be scored on speed of construction, quality of work and rowing speed. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places. At 7 p.m. an awards ceremony and banquet will be held for boat exhibitors, boatbuilding competitors, sponsors and guests. Prizes will be presented to the winners in each of the exhibit categories as well as the People’s Choice Grand Award winner, to the Six Knot Challenge winner, and to the winning Wooden Boat Challenge competitors.
On Sunday, the show is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission, in addition to the wooden boat exhibits and maritime art and crafts, Activities begin at 11 a.m. with a children’s Optimist Pram Regatta organized by the South Carolina Maritime Museum’s Youth Sailing Program. The day’s featured event will be the Fourth Annual Corrugated Boat Regatta which is open to participation by families, youth and civic groups. Visitors can preview the corrugated boats from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the big tent on Broad Street. The Regatta will begin at 2:30 p.m. when the corrugated boats are launched on the Sampit River from the floating docks at Francis Marion Park.