The competition at the annual Edensaw Wooden Boatbuilding Competition proved no match for longtime Sequim resident Josh Turner and his skilled team.
After building a fully functional 16-foot wooden sailboat, equipped with a 20-foot mast, in the span of 38 hours, Team Woods earned first place and $1,500 in store credit to Edensaw Woods in the competition held at the 39th Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival from Sept. 11-13.
“It was awesome,” Turner said. “For me, the best part of winning was that my kids got to be there and see their dad win — that’s more important to me than the money or anything else really.”
Turner, a father of three, woodworker and boat builder, came ready to win the third annual Edensaw Wooden Boatbuilding Competition after taking second in 2014.
Knowing he needed to “step it up” this year, Turner assembled a talented, well-rounded team including himself, Dan Carter, a close family friend; Bob Lang, an experienced boat builder; and Richard Woods, a renown boat designer and sailer.
“Each person brought something to the team,” he said. “We’ve already talked about it and have decided to stay a team.”
With plans to construct a sailboat designed by Woods, coupled with the craftsmanship and building knowledge of Lang, Turner said he felt “ready to win” going into this year’s competition.
“To be competitive, you need to build something seemingly unrealistic, but make it real,” he said. “We took out some really talented competition.”
The timed event where rival teams each build an entire boat from scratch kicked off Friday and drew to a close mid-Sunday. All boats were put to the test and while some leaked, or weren’t quite complete, Team Woods’ sailboat was not only pleasing to the eye and finished, but performed well.
“It’s really difficult to sail a small boat with such a huge sail, but Richard did great,” Turner said. “I think he probably reached 16 knots at one point.”
Already putting the team’s recent success behind them, Turner and his teammates are discussing a variety of designs for next year’s competition. A number of unique and creative ideas have surfaced aimed at defending their title, Turner said, but they’ve yet to settle on a final design.
To contact Turner about boat building, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or for design inquires, visit www.sailingcatamarans.com.