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42nd Annual Wooden Boat Challenge at Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival


42nd Annual Wooden Boat Challenge
at Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival

The 42nd Annual Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival will host one of its main events, the Wooden Boat Challenge, on Saturday, April 11th at Westside Park in Bodega Bay.  A crowd of 2500 spectators is expected to cheer on 18 teams of four participants who have just three hours to build wooden boats from scratch before racing them through a marked course in the bay.  

Competition is fierce and fun as teams work with the materials provided (no power tools aloud, except battery operated drills) at this family friendly community fundraiser.   Expect creative designs, costumed teams, skilled craftspeople and at least one ‘sinker’.  It is no surprise that the Wooden Boat Challenge is a highlight of the festival and continues to grow in popularity year after year.  

“The crowd goes wild cheering on the race teams,” explains Starr Swindt, Bodega Bay resident and event coordinator, “it’s a great energy, and a great sense of community.” Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded following the race.  Boat building begins at 10AM on Saturday morning.  

Beyond the Wooden Boat Challenge the Festival is packed with events for people of all ages – wine tasting, craft booths, live music, food trucks, entertainment and more.  The Bodega Bay marine lab’s booth will feature touch tanks allowing for visitors to come in contact with local ocean life and will offer free marine lab tours Saturday.  Live music and entertainers perform on the main stage all day Saturday and Sunday.  Artisans and vendors from all over California and beyond offer a wide selection of arts and crafts.  For more information visit

The Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival is a 501 (c) (3) California nonprofit charitable organization and 100% run by local community volunteers. Wooden Boat Challenge sponsorships available, please contact Starr at

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