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Announcements 2013

Wooden Boat Challenge to be Main Event at 40th Annual Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival

“Women, Wine and Cheese” to held at on Friday, April 12 at the

Fairmont Sonoma

Mission Inn & Spa.

Bodega Bay, CA. ~ The 40th Annual Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival will host its main event, the Wooden Boat Challenge, on Saturday, April 27th at Westside Park in Bodega Bay. A crowd of 2500 spectators is expected to cheer on 18 teams of four par- ticipants 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 aloud, except battery operated drills) at this family friendly community fundrais- er.

Expect creative designs, costumed teams, skilled craftspeople and at least one ‘sinker’.

It is no surprise that

the Wooden Boat Challenge is the highlight of the festival and continues to grow in pop- ularity year after year.


crowd goes wild cheering on the race teams,” explains Starr Swindt, Bodega Bay resident and event coordinator, “it’s a great energy, and a great sense of community.” Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded following the race.

We loved with a love that was more

than love. Edgar Allan Poe

Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. ~Robert Browning

Boat building begins at 10AM on Saturday morning. The Bodega Bay Fisherman's

Festival is a 501 (c) (3) California nonprofit chari- table organization and 100% run by local community vol- unteers. Beyond the Wooden Boat Challenge the Festival is packed with events for people of all ages – wine tasting, craft booths, live music, good food, entertainment and more. The Bodega Bay marine lab’s booth will feature touch tanks allowing for visitors to come

in contact with local ocean life and will offer free marine lab tours all day. Food booth offerings include barbequed oysters,

local fish 'n chips,

veggie burgers, clam chow- der and sandwiches. Live music and entertainers per- form on the main stage all day Saturday and Sunday. Artisans and vendors from

all over California and beyond offer a wide selection of arts and crafts. For more informa- tion visit

The pre-

event reception will feature sparkling wine served with assorted chees-

es from prominent women cheesemakers from artisan dairy producers from the local area. Honoring women wine makers and prominent women in wine from such well-known brands

as Benziger, Gallo, Peju, Chimney Rock, Stag’s

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Santa Rosa, CA – YWCA Sonoma County is pleased to announce that sponsorships are now avail- able for its sig- nature annual fundraiser,

Leap Wine Cellars, Duckhorn, and Frog’s Leap just to name a few, guests are treated to a multi course luncheon

which pairs wines poured by the wine makers to match each entrée.


luncheon table of 10 features a local woman winemaker/ prominent

woman in the wine industry. Last year,

due to the gen- erosity of the

nearly 350 guests and its spon- sors, YWCA Sonoma County broke its own record, rais- ing just over $200,000.


Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, the Presenting Sponsor of the event, provided

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