The 22nd Annual WoodenBoat Show

A catboat, the quintessential boat of Mystic Seaport

A catboat, the quintessential boat of Mystic Seaport

Sea Shadow, six of her building crew and their spouses attended The Annual WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut this past weekend. The port of Mystic and marine museum was the perfect setting. The show includes demonstrations, marine vendors, family boat building, “I Built it Myself” home-built boat display and the museum’s extensive collection of historic vessels and re-created 19th-century village. If that wasn’t enough, races were held on Sunday morning for the St. Ayles skiff. 

Joseph Conrad – training ship

Joseph Conrad – training ship

"Annie", a sandbagger, the first boat in Mystic Seaport's collection

“Annie”, a sandbagger, the first boat in Mystic Seaport’s collection

Whale boat ready for paint and varnish

Whale boat ready for paint and varnish

One of Mystic's outstanding residences

One of Mystic’s outstanding residences

We all had a fantastic time, exploring both the show and the town of Mystic, talking to show-goers about the building of Sea Shadow, Happy Hour on the balcony followed by dinner at local restaurants with no less than twelve at the table. We had the pleasure of meeting Alec, Gardner, Mike and the other St. Ayles crews, Renbrook School and “Rocking the Boat”. Unfortunately there wasn’t a race for the “Over 60s” but we went out and did our best against the younger teams. 

Renbrook School, "Rocking the Boat" and Ayle of Quinte crews

Renbrook School, “Rocking the Boat” and Ayle of Quinte crews

Switching boats, Sea Shadow and William S. Shipp

Switching boats, Sea Shadow and William S. Shipp

Dinner with Alec, Gardner and Mike

Dinner with Alec, Gardner and Mike