Dutch Wooden Boat Festival, 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019
Willemsoord historic dockyard, Den Helder
©Beverley Yates

Are there Wooden Boat enthusiasts amongst you?

From 5 - 7 July 2019 the first wooden boat festival in the Netherlands will be organised at Willemsoord, the old naval port of Den Helder.

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Sale of lottery tickets (100 lottery tickets €25) for winning a 4.2 m mahogany Whitehall sail and oar boat, registration for a Sharpie sailboat (1934) in the competition!

Cordial greetings

Bert van Baar
The Bootbouwschool

From Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July, 2019 the initiator Bert van Baar of the Dutch Wooden Boat School and Jet Sluik, organiser of the Traditional Boat Show, will be holding the first Dutch Wooden Boat Festival in Den Helder

The first Dutch Wooden Boat Festival starts on Friday with the annual Botterrace that is held on the shallows of the Marsdiep. A true spectacle that is organized by the Helderse Botters Foundation. In addition, the weekend will be even more festive thanks to he Jutter Days, which are organised on Saturdays and Sundays by Willemsoord BV and the museums, entrepreneurs and the many hospitality and catering establishments located on the complex.

During the Festival, not only boats can be found in the water, but also on the quays and in the various workshops. On display in the harbour are various botters, including 'HD2' and 'RD28' from Den Helder, the sailing lugger 'James Haylett', the three-masted barque 'Earl of Pembroke', the sailing traders 'Tres Hombres' and 'Nordlys', the minesweeper 'Hoogeveen', the Danish mail boat 'Leprechaun', a Thames Wherry, a Norwegian Oselver Fearing and, in dock the steam/sailship 'Bonaire' (1876) and in the Medemblikker shed the experimental 'Windvinder'.

Meanwhile, various builders of wooden boats have already registered to participate in the festival. The programme includes presentations from the HMC Amsterdam, where 25 years ago the specialisation programme Wooden Boat Building was set up. There is also the Amateur BootBouw Award: the 'ABBA 2019'. There will be demonstrations of wood bending, blacksmithing, sail making.

Visiting ships will be offered a free berth in the museum harbor after registration. Visitors will also be free to explore the Festival.

Jet Sluik, organizer of the Traditional Boat Shows in November, adds: "The Dutch Wooden Boat Festival fits in seamlessly with our desire to maintain traditional shipbuilding. Personally, I am therefore happy to participate in the summers event for fans of beautiful wooden boats in Den Helder."

Willemsoord, Den Helder, Netherlands
Bert van Baar
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