Take mom on a free boat ride this weekend

The Center for Wooden Boats on Camano Island is offering free boat rides this Saturday, May 11. Photo by Mitch Reinitz

The Center for Wooden Boats on Camano Island is offering free boat rides this Saturday, May 11. Photo by Mitch Reinitz

Looking for a unique gift for Mother’s Day? How about a boat ride on picturesque Saratoga Passage?

The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island is offering free boat rides this Saturday, May 11, for the organization’s 12th annual Mother’s Day Sail.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include rides on powerboats and sailboats, family toy boat-building and live music by Northwest trio Willow & the Embers, who just finished a tour in support of their new album, “Radio Sky.”

Vessels expected to participate in the day include:

Joshua – a replica of Joshua Slocum’s famous boat, Spray. The Nova Scotia-born captain inspired generations of sailors when he became the first person to solo circumnavigate the globe and wrote the book “Sailing Alone Around the World” about his adventures in 1900.

Lavengro – Originally built as the Helen in 1926, Lavengro was built on the lines of the Biloxi shrimp and oyster schooners of the early 1900s in Back Bay, Biloxi. She is operated by the Northwest Schooner Society.

Apache – a gaff-rigged schooner that will make her third appearance at Cama Beach’s signature spring event.

Admirable – CWB’s own Bristol Bay gillnetter, Admirable is more than 100 years old and is the last known of the sailing gillnetters from Bristol Bay still in operation.

The Umiaq – CWB’s first Umiaq is a skin-on-frame boat of the type produced by Arctic people for centuries. Traditionally, the boats were made of sealskin covering a wood framework tied together with strips of hide or other line. CWB’s Umiaq was built by craftsmen and volunteers and is covered with dacron rather than sealskin.

Spirit – A Cape Ann dory built in Olympia years ago.

The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle will also be offering free boat rides on Lake Union on Mother’s Day, May 12, as it does on Sundays throughout the year. Rides are given on a first-come, first-served basis, and sign-ups start at 10 a.m.

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