ON THE WATERFRONT: Logs loading, September events ahead

IMPRESSION BAY, A 590-foot cargo ship, spent the week at the Port of Port Angeles’ Terminal 3 taking on a load of debarked softwood logs that were harvested off private land in western Washington. The Hong Kong-flagged vessel will get underway today for China.

The Port of Port Angeles recently contracted with Big Top Fabric Structures of Perry, Fla., for the construction of a 42- by-60 fabric building at the Port Angeles Boatyard adjacent to the plot where the former Jig and Lure restaurant was. The new structure will allow workers to perform tasks on their vessels shielded from the elements.

September is fast upon us and many a child will be lamenting the end of summer and the start of school but many boaters and mariners look forward to this time of year because it brings us the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend.

This year the event will run from Sept. 4 to Sept. 8. More than 300 wooden boats will be featured, as will 50 exhibitors, and 100 presenters.

Those with a hankering to volunteer can call the volunteer coordinator, Angela Hewitson, at 360-385-3628 ext. 124.

Closing out the month will be the 27th annual “Reach and Row for Hospice.”

The race is on Sept. 28 and 29, sponsored by the Sequim Bay Yacht Club.

The event raises funds that are earmarked for respite care for family members of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) patients.

The race last year raised $31,114.32, bringing the total amount contributed over the past 26 years to $360,026.80.

This year you can watch action on the water for two days instead of just one. This change will allow more participation by SBYC members in both events.

The public is invited to Sequim Bay to watch the competition from the numerous vantage points at the John Wayne Marina. The sailboat races are scheduled to begin around noon on Saturday, Sept. 28 and will conclude around 4 p.m.

The rowing competition will start around 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29 and conclude by 11 a.m.

For more information about this community event, go to www.sequimbayyachtclub.org and click on the “Hospice Fundraiser” tab.

If you cannot attend but would like to make a contribution to this respite care fund, send a tax-deductible donation to VHOCC, 540 E. 8th St., Port Angeles WA 98362 with “Reach and Row for Hospice” in the subject line.

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, (VHOCC) a non-profit organization, provides compassionate care to the terminally ill, their caregivers and families. VHOCC does not bill any patient, insurance plan or government agency. All services are supported by local donations and grants.

The average monthly census is about 125 clients.

Funds raised by Sequim Bay Yacht Club’s annual Reach and Row for Hospice event exclusively support respite care for hospice patients and their families. You will receive a receipt for your donation and have assurance that you are supporting this community-focused organization.

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David G. Sellars is a Port Angeles resident and former Navy boatswain’s mate who enjoys boats and strolling the area’s waterfronts and boat yards.

Items and questions involving boating, marina and industrial activities and the North Olympic Peninsula waterfronts are always welcome. News announcements about boating groups, including yacht clubs and squadrons, are welcome as well.

Email [email protected] or phone him at 360-808-3202.

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