Show Dates: January 25-February 2, 2019

Free Kids Sailing Lessons

Sign Up for a 60-Minute Sailing Lesson – Ages 8-16

Introduce young mariners to the exciting sport of sailing with FREE kids sailing lessons at the Boats Afloat Show! Youth ages 8-16 can join The Center for Wooden Boats and Sail Sand Point for an hour-long sailing lesson on Lake Union September 14 & 15. Kids will learn basic principles such as tacking, jibing, sail trim and weight balance…and more importantly, they’ll have fun on the water! Meanwhile, you can cruise the show at your leisure while your kids learn skills that will last a lifetime.

Free Family Boat Rides

Pre-registration is recommended as popular times fill up fast – please email Kirsten at to reserve a space. In your email, include how many kids you would like to sign up, their respective ages and your first choice of a time slot. We will email you a confirmation of time and date. Please show up 10 minutes prior to sail lesson to sign your release form and get fitted for a life jacket.

Saturday, September 14: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM
Saturday, September 15: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM

Lessons are on the following three boats provided by The Center for Wooden Boats:

Port Madison Pram ‘Pramalot’ – Designed in 1955 for the Port Madison Yacht Club by Bill Garden, Pramalot is of a class that has raced at the yacht club for decades. The vessel is made of marine plywood and its simple construction makes it a fun and affordable race boat! The vessel is rigged as a Marconi sloop and uses a Penguin class sail.

Lightning – The International Lightning Class was designed as a 19’ family daysailer and racer. Since 1938, more than 15,000 boats have been built and the class remains popular through today!

Monk Sailboat – A sloop-rigged, 16’ classic wooden sailboat, the Monk Sailboat was designed by famed naval architect Ed Monk.

Please Note: Kids sailing lessons are for boat show attendees only – boat show ticket purchase necessary. Life jackets are provided. Please note there is a chance your children may get wet during lessons.


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