The Challenge

An expected crowd of 2500 spectators will cheer on teams of four--who have just three hours to build wooden boats from scratch--before racing them through a marked course in the bay!

Competition is fierce and fun as teams work with the materials provided (no power tools allowed, except battery operated drills) at this family friendly community fundraiser. Expect creative designs, costumed teams, skilled craftspeople and at least one ‘sinker’.  It is no surprise that the Wooden Boat Challenge is a highlight of the festival and continues to grow in popularity year after year.  

The Wooden Boat Challenge is one of the Bodega Bay Fisherman Festival’s main attractions, with thousands of spectators cheering on 18 teams competing for the first place trophy and bragging rights. 

Teams are given limited materials to build a boat (no power tools except screwdrivers) before racing it around a short, marked course, and to do so faster than any other team.


Do you have what it takes?

Does your team have what it takes to build a boat in three hours (with materials provided), race it around a short, marked course (without sinking) and do it faster than any other team? If so, be at:


Westside Park in Bodega Bay

Saturday, April 14 & 15, 2018


  • Each team gets a complete materials package.
  • Multiple prizes and trophies will be awarded.
  • Team entry fee is $280.00.
  • Entry fee is non-refundable after April 1.


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Wooden Boat Challenge by Rich Panter on Vimeo.

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