Tall ships make schedule changes for Drayton Harbor Days

Published on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 by Steve Guntli

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The Drayton Harbor Days festival will get a surprise extended visit from the tall ship Lady Washington.

The ship, set to arrive to Blaine Marina late Saturday, August 3, was originally scheduled only for the weekend of the festival. However, the Lady Washington has extended its stay in the Blaine Marina until the morning of August 8. A private party has chartered the ship for August 6, but it will return to Blaine Marina and will be available for tours on August 7, from noon to 5 p.m.

Joe Follansbee, communications director for the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, said the Lady Washington has been chartered in Richmond after an original obligation fell through.

The ships will be available on Sunday, August 4 for walking tours, adventure sails out into the bay and mock battles with its counterpart, the Hawaiian Chieftain.

The tall ships are just one of the many attractions Drayton Harbor Days provides.

The festivities commence at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, August 3 with the Run for the Border, a 5k race that runs from Marine Park through the Peace Arch and back. Kids can run a 1-mile race around Marine Park at the same time, before embracing their swashbuckling side with the Northwest Park and Recreation’s ‘Pirate Daze.’ Kids can dig for treasure on Semiahmoo spit, craft their own pirate costumes and win prizes.

The Prestigious George Raft race, in which wannabe sailors build makeshift crafts out of found materials and sail them into Blaine Marina, will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner will earn bragging rights and the possession of the champion’s trophy for the next year.

Arts and crafts and food vendors will set up along the boardwalk at Blaine Marina for both days of the festival. Games, museum exhibits and a movie under the stars round out the event. 

Drayton Harbor Days will also mark the beginning of the Peace Arch International Concert Series, a month-long event celebrating a variety of music from around the globe. Keeping with the maritime spirit of Drayton Harbor Days, the concert’s first act will be the Shifty Sailors, a group that specializes in Anglo-American sea shanties. The concerts will be held in Peace Arch Park at 2 p.m. every Sunday until September 1. 

For additional information, including full schedules and registration, visit the Blaine Chamber of Commerce’s website at blainechamber.com/events.