Category Archives: Sailing

Tell us your kindergarten send-off traditions

The first day of kindergarten is an exciting milestone that some families note in creative ways.
One Kitsap family of German descent gives a paper cone filled with gifts to the children when they head off to school for the first time.
Parents of this year’s crop of kindergartners, how will you mark this rite of passage? The Kitsap Sun wants to hear from you and families of past kindergartners for an upcoming story.
Email your tradition, with contact information, to or call (360) 792-9219.

Silverdale waterfront gets nod on local sailing blog

Brynn writes:

Three Sheets Northwest highlights Silverdale this week in its regular “In Migael’s Wake” segment, which takes a look at local cruising destinations around the sound.

Here’s what Migael Scherer has to say about the stop:

The Silverdale Waterfront Park is the main attraction for boaters visiting the far north end of Dyes Inlet. Stout wooden floats attached to steel-and-concrete pilings extend into deep water from a tidy park. Silverdale’s charming Old Town is a block away, a sleepy reminder of the days when this was a logging and poultry-producing area.

To read her full review visit the Three Sheets Northwest by clicking here.

Kitsap Harbor Festival promises fun on both sides of Sinclair Inlet

Proving that we really can all get along, the Port of Bremerton, city of Port Orchard and city of Bremerton will team up over Memorial Day weekend for Kitsap Harbor Festival.

The port is hosting the festival to showcase its marinas on either side of Sinclair Inlet. City governments, chambers of commerce and community groups all have their oars in the water to offer up a boatload of fun.

At the heart of the festivities will be boats: big, small, vintage, military and famous. Scheduled events include a visit from tall ships, boat shows and races, food and entertainment.

Port Orchard is using the festival to roll all its wacky maritime festivities into one weekend, including turning the town over to pirates, a murder mystery contest, a Dingy Derby Race, a seagull wing cooking contest and … the ever lovin’ reason we are Port Orchard, while other, more sane towns are not … the Seagull calling contest on Sunday.

Bremerton’s waterfront will be alive with action, including a Bridge-2-Bridge Run, arts and antique show, Kitsap Car Cruz with live entertainment, scuba demos, tours of an historic Coast Guard vessel and more.

Linking the two fair cities over the weekend will be the Bremerton to Port Orchard foot ferry, operating every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The fare is $2 each way. The port and both cities contract for the service, which is no longer provided on Sundays by Kitsap Transit.

Events are on the Bremerton Boardwalk (B) or Port Orchard waterfront (P), unless otherwise specified. For a complete listing of events, visit the Port of Bremerton’s Kitsap Harbor Festival page.

Saturday, May 28
7 to 10 a.m.: Bremerton Lions Club Pancake Breakfast (B)

8 a.m.: Registration, 4.4-mile Bridge-2-Bridge Run/Walk (run starts
at 9 a.m.) (B)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Kitsap Arts & Antique Show/4th Street Market (B)

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Farmers Market and Pirate Marketfaire (P)

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Bremerton Boardwalk Festivities, crafts, merchants, food, scuba demos; remote underwater vehicle demos at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; beer garden, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kitsap Library story time, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Carrie Kay, 1 to 1:30 p.m., Northwest Navy Band, 5 to 7 p.m. (B)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Kitsap Harbor Regatta (both)

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kitsap Car Cruz (B)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Murder Mystery Weekend Registration & Clue Gathering (P)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Bay Street Merchants’ Beer Garden; separate kids’ root beer garden (P)

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Historic military vehicle display (B)

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Tours of Comanche 202 – Historic U.S Coast Guard Vessel (B)

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Tall Ship Tours and Cruises – exact times to be scheduled by ship captain (B)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: B.O.O.M Pirates at the Marina Park (P)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Pirate Costume Contest (adults, kids, pets) (P)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Kids’ Pirate Zone (Mermaid Cove) (P)

1 p.m.: Kids’ Pirate Story Time (kids ages 2-5) at the Port Orchard Library (P)

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Land Lubbers Pirate Dingy Derby Race (P)

4 p.m.: Free movie (Blackbeard’s Cove) at Port Orchard Library (P)

6:30 p.m.: Pirate Ball at Moon Dogs Too, music by Soulstice, (kids welcome until 8 p.m.)

Sunday, May 29
8 a.m. to 10. a.m.: Pancake Breakfast at Amy’s On The Bay benefiting the South Kitsap Helpline (P)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Farmers Market and Pirate Marketfaire (P)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Kitsap Harbor Regatta (both)

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Tall Ship Tours and Cruises – exact times to be scheduled by ship captain (P)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Historic Military Vehicle Display (B)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Tours of Comanche 202 (B)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Bremerton Boardwalk Festivities (see above); beer garden 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kitsap Library Storytime 10:30 to 11 a.m.; Freckles Brown Band, noon to 2 p.m.; freestyle 3 to 5 p.m. (B)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Bay Street Merchants’ Beer Garden/separate kids’ root beer garden (P)

11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Murder Mystery Weekend continues (P)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: B.O.O.M Pirates at the Marina Park (P)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Kids’ Pirate Zone (Mermaid Cove) (P)

11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Coroner’s report: Hear the gritty details surroundin’ the murder and piece the mystery together. (P)

Noon to 2 p.m.: 23rd Annual Seagull Calling Contest Contest (P)

Noon to 2 p.m.: “Seagull” Wings Cook-Off (amateur setup at 9 a.m.) (P)

4:30 p.m.: Murder Mystery reveal and cannon show (P)

Monday, May 30
Note: Monday events are held in Bremerton only.

10 a.m. to noon: Memorial Day Service, USS Turner Joy (DD951)

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Bremerton Boardwalk Festivities; 10 to 10:50 a.m., Carrie Kay Patriotic Songs; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m,. Synergy Dance Company; 1 to 3 p.m., Joey Dean Band

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Tours of Comanche 202, historic Coast Guard vessel

Poulsbo webcam is live

Brynn writes:

If you haven’t seen it yet, Poulsbo has its very own webcam overlooking Liberty Bay.

Actually it doesn’t belong to the city, it’s located on Longship Marine’s building (remember Lois Hillman and her venture into the marine supply world? I wrote about her back in May 2010).

Anyway, according Three Sheets Northwest, a sailing blog I follow, sailor Bruce Blumenstein is the mastermind behind the installation of the camera. He moved himself, and his boat, from Oregon and landed in Poulsbo’s Liberty Bay. After settling in, he decided he’d like to have an eye on his boat and thought of the idea to station a webcam overlooking the Bay so he, along with anyone else, could see what was happening in snapshots of real time.

Read about how the camera came to be over at the Three Sheets’ “On Watch” post.

The Long Ship Marine webcam joins the other livecam we often see referenced on the local weather stations, and of course at — Dr. Dale Ireland’s cam that overlooks Silverdale and the Olympic Mountains.

Have any fun plans for the weekend?

Brynn Grimley writes:

If you’re like me, the thought of battling traffic, long ferry lines and obnoxious drivers is enough to make you want to stay home over a long weekend.

Now unlike me, I’m assuming most of you out there don’t have to work this weekend. If that’s the case, and if you want to get out of the house this weekend but don’t want to deal with the traffic and ferry lines, I would suggest putting the Kitsap Harbor Festival on your weekend planner. (No, I have not been paid by the Port of Bremerton to write this. And yes I realize Chris Henry has also written a post about the event, but mine’s got a little more detail about what’s planned, which is why I’m posting it).

I realize not everyone’s into boating, so if you don’t like water this might not “float your boat.” (Sorry I couldn’t resist the pun). But I have to warn you there’s more to the weekend than just boating-related activities. So for those of you who like to get outside and see what’s going on in your community, take a look at what they’ve got in store for the weekend.

Highlights include: A pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday hosted by the Bremerton Lions Club on the boardwalk; Boast Afloat Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bremerton and Port Orchard marinas; Vendor booths and live entertainment along the Bremerton boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Port Orchard’s waterfront will be the place for the annual Seagull Calling Festival and the Seagull Wings Cook-Off from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.; downtown Bremerton will be the place for the Kitsap Arts and Antique Show/4th Street Market between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; the Kitsap Car Cruz and Historic Military Vehicle Show and P619 Exhibit will take over downtown Bremerton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and during the same time people can partake in Kitsap Harbor Tours which will depart from the USS Turner Joy.

Here’s something interesting. If you’ve never seen a reenlistment ceremony (I haven’t) you can see one happen from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Lone Sailor Memorial on the Bremerton Marina breakwater.

And what would a weekend festival be with out its beer gardens? There will be two, one on the Port Orchard waterfront, and one along the Bremerton boardwalk. Because there are just too many activities to list, a complete list can be found here on the event’s website.

Festivities begin Friday around noon when the Virginia V and some of the Tall Ships come into the Bremerton and Port Orchard marinas. The Schooner Lavengro, the official Tall Ship of Kitsap County, will be arriving Friday to the Bremerton marina.

For those who haven’t visited the Brownsville Marina yet to see the Lavengro, this is your chance to check her out. She’ll be accepting passengers who want to transit to and from the event from Brownsville. (It may be a little late to sign up for the transit Friday since they leave at 11 a.m., but if you want to try to ride from Bremerton to Brownsville on Monday, May 31, the cost is $35 a person and departure is 1 p.m. from Bremerton. Call (206) 577-7233 to schedule a ride).

The schooner is expected to arrive in Bremerton at 3 p.m. Friday and will give dockside tours from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday’s schedule of events: Dockside tours from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Waterfront excursion from 1 to 1:45 p.m. — tickets for the excursion are $5 and can be bought on the ship, or by reservation by calling (206) 577-7233; Dockside tours 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Sailing Adventure 4 to 6 p.m. — tickets are $25 per person and can be bought on the ship or by reservations using the above phone number.

Monday’s schedule of events: Dockside tours 10 a.m. to noon; Transit to Brownsville Marina departs at 1 p.m. arrive Brownsville Marina at approximately 5 p.m. (And the disclaimer: Waterfront excursions and sailing adventures are weather dependent, no refunds; Transits, must provide own transportation to and from departure and arrival port).

For those looking to honor Memorial Day on Monday, there will be a ceremony aboard the USS Turner Joy from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

I hope everyone has a great three-day weekend. Be safe out there, and if you decide to come to Bremerton or Port Orchard for the festival, have a great time — and think of me stuck inside working away to report the news while you’re outdoors having fun.