Georgetown 2014 Wooden Boat Show October 18 – 19

Locals and visitors to DeBordieu and the Pawleys Island area know that one of the greatest Fall events in the South Carolina Low Country is the The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show! Held every year on Georgetown’s historic river front on the third weekend in October, the 2014 Wooden Boat show will span the entire weekend, Saturday, October 18 – Sunday, October 19, and even have a few events during the week!WBS-Poster-2014_1

The show will feature one of our nation’s best wooden boat exhibits with more than 140 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, a wooden boatbuilding competition, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music. My favorite attraction is the Wooden Boat Challenge, when teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a 4 hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River.

To celebrate the Wooden Boat Show’s 25th Anniversary, this year’s show will extend to  Sunday, October 19.  Events include an ensemble concert performance by the Winyah Indigo Chorale Society and a special boatbuilding competition featuring past Wooden Boat Challenge  winners.

The Wooden Boat Show will take place on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. The Show is produced by the Harbor Historical Association, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and is the major fundraiser for the South Carolina Maritime Museum.

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014    5 pm – 7:30 pm Front Street Art Crawl

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014  –  6:30 pm Goat Island Yacht Club Regatta
This event, held at the SC Maritime Museum, will feature unique live and silent auction items, as well as first-class wardroom cuisine and imbibements. Tickets are $85 per person. You’ll not want to miss this opportunity to meet with and trade sea stories with fellow seafarers. Proceeds will benefit the Museum. Call 843-520-0111 for tickets.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014    11 am – 6 pm 

25th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show – Free Admission

Wooden Boat Exhibit | More Info
Over 140 classic wooden boats ranging in size from kayaks to yachts will be displayed in the water, along the boardwalk and on Front street. Visitors will be able to meet and talk to wooden boat craftsmen, manufacturers and owners. Maritime art, crafts, models and educational exhibits will also be on display.
Boatbuilding Competition | More Info | Sponsored by Berlin G. Myers Lumber Corp. 
12 Noon – 4 pm /  Rowing Race 5 pm

A special attraction will be the Wooden Boat Challenge when teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a 4 hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River.The teams will be judged on construction speed, quality of work and rowing ability. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.
Sponsor Hospitality Tent | More Info
11 am – 6 pm
One of the perks for being a 25th annual Wooden Boat Show sponsor is the hospitality tent – located beside the maritime museum- with food, refreshments, and big screen TV’s.
The Ship’s Store:  Poster signing and T-shirts, meet our 2014 Poster Artist | More Info
The official 2014 Wooden Boat Show image was created by award-winning Lowcountry artist, Johnnie Cowan. Her original oil painting, “The Maiden Voyage”, will be auctioned at the Goat Island Yacht Club Regatta to be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the SC Maritime Museum. Posters and T-shirts featuring the artwork will be sold at this year’s show and will be available at the SC Maritime Museum.
Kid’s Activities: Model Boatbuilding and Knot tying
Children can try their hand at building a boat model and then test sail it in a pond on Front Street. Dan “the Knot Man” Machowski will return again this year with knot tying demonstrations for children and adults. Visitors will have an opportunity to test their knot tying skills in the “Six Knot Challenge.” Dan is a member of the Spirit Knot Tyers and former president of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.
Gig Rows with the New Charleston Mosquito Fleet
Take a turn at the oars with the New Charleston Mosquito Fleet. Gig rows begin at 12 noon and will continue until 4pm from the floating docks at Francis Marion Park. Each row takes about 45 minutes. The New Charleston Mosquito Fleet was founded in 1995 in Charleston SC to get inner city middle school children involved in boatbuilding and boating.
Two Stages of Music

The V-Tones of Charleston | More Info and video
The spirit of Vaudeville lives and breathes in this skillful jugband. The V-tones will put a smile on your face with their versions of early Jazz, Old Country, and Ragtime tunes.

The Blue Plantation Band | More Info and video
Blue Plantation is an accomplished acoustic string band with a diverse variety of authentic musical styles including Bluegrass, Irish, Folk, Country, Swing, and Jazz.  They have performed at the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show for many years and they always get the crowd moving.

Awards Ceremony   7 pm
An awards banquet will be held for boat exhibitors, boatbuilding competitors, sponsors, and guests. Prizes will be presented to the winners in each of the exhibit categories, to the “People’s Choice Award” winning exhibitor, and to the winning boatbuilding competitors.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014   NOON – 4 pm

Sunday at the Show  To celebrate our 25th anniversary we are extending this year’s show to Sunday. Check here often for event updates.

Wooden Boat Exhibit

 Master Boatbuilders Challenge  11 am – 3 pm | Sponsored by Berlin G. Myers Lumber Corp

We are inviting all past challenge winners to compete in a “special” competition. The teams will be given the same materials as the Saturday challenge, but can build any boat they wish. Four hour time limit, quality weighted heavy. This should be a great event. Boatbuilding will begin at 11 am to give the teams time to put their boats in the water before the show’s end at 4 pm.

 Wooden Opti Pram Regatta  11 am until 4 pm

This event is open to sailors 8 to 15 years of age. The fee is $10 per sailor.  Heats will begin at 11 am from the floating docks at Francis Marion Park. The Regatta is organized by the SC Youth Sailing Program and the Winyah Bay Sailing Club.


Bloody Marys & Mimosas at the SC Maritime Museum   Noon – 3 pm Open to the public. $20 per person at the door. Bloody Marys, mimosas, bagels, pastries and a fabulous view from the back deck of the museum.


Ensemble performance by the Winyah Indigo Chorale Society   1 pm – 2 pm
This ensemble performance by the locally acclaimed Winyah Indigo Society, conducted by Thom Martin, will take place under the tent beside the SC Maritime Museum. The concert is our gift to the community for 25 years of support for the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show.

Wooden Boat Show Rowing

For complete information about the 2014 Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, visit the website

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