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Small Craft Workshop

The John Gardner Small Craft Workshop will once again be hosted during the 23rd Annual WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport June 27-29, 2014.  Participants can both enjoy the show and follow John Gardner’s example to show that traditional small craft are a practical and economical way to enjoy the water.  All Traditional Small Craft Association members are invited to bring a boat and join in the fun!

Those participating are encouraged to share their boats – including peapods, whitehalls, sharpie skiffs, wood and canvas canoes, kayaks, performance rowing craft, dories, dinghies and tenders — with other registered boaters during this three-day celebration. Boats from the Mystic Seaport Boathouse will also be available at no charge for participants to use.

Event Highlights:

Demonstrations and Workshops

This year, in addition to having a booth to acquaint show attendees with the TSCA, the workshop will also feature demonstrations of skills that enhance the traditional small boat experience. Several workshops, both on land and in the water, are planned and participants are invited to suggest ideas. Topics will include: rowing and feathering, sculling, rigging, reefing, capsizing, sail setting, hardware making, and outfitting for safety. Demonstrations are scheduled for Friday at 3 pm; Saturday at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm; and Sunday at 11 am and 1 pm.

We will need volunteers to give these demonstrations. If you have a skill that you would like to demonstrate, please make note of it on the registration form.

Morning Row

A morning row starting from Australia Beach will be held Saturday and Sunday at 8 am. We will cruise upriver or downriver to Mason’s Island. All workshop participants are invited.

Mystic Seaport Small Boat Collection Open House

The Museum’s Small Boat Collection will be open each day from 2:30-4:30 pm. This collection of more than 400 boats is not normally open to the public. We will offer a tour each day; times will be announced soon.

The Small Craft Workshop is jointly sponsored by Mystic Seaport, the Traditional Small Craft Association, and WoodenBoat.