Organizers for the first Waterfront Day declared it a success as participants paddled, sailed and/or danced with smiles.
Visitors packed the John Wayne Marina Sept. 15 for a day on or near the water. Waterfront Day ran in conjunction with Sequim Bay Yacht Club’s annual Reach and Row for Hospice, which in its tenure has raised nearly $360,000 in 25-plus years for Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County to help families pay for hospice workers to assist with respite care.
This year, the event added rowing to its activities with 21 entries along with nine sailboats in the afternoon sailing race.
Fundraising results were not available by press time, but last year’s event raised nearly $28,000 and organizers set the goal to beat that total.
Waterfront Day organizers said rowers had calm waters in the morning in Sequim Bay while later in the day the wind picked up for sailors.
Whether or not to continue Waterfront Day as an annual venture hasn’t been discussed yet among sponsors the Port of Port Angeles and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, organizers said.
Nearly 30 booths set up for the event as live music played throughout the day.
Sand sculpture artist Kali Bradford completed her piece “The Artful Sailor” during the event with help from her grandsons Jeremiah and Alexander Schroeder, too.
For more information on the John Wayne Marina, visit https://portofpa.com/186/John-Wayne-Marina.