The Elizabeth Bonaventure is a classic longboat with eight oars that can be sailed as well as rowed. Crew members sit side-by-side on the seats, rather than the setup in our other boats where rowers have their own seats. The Elizabeth Bonaventure served as a youth education component of OARS for many years, and now sails Sundays with a pickup crew of interested members.
Longboats were one of the ship’s boats that larger vessels carried during the Age of Sail. One of the main roles of a longboat was to move stores and people between shore and ship, and between ships.
The boat is named after Sir Francis Drake's favorite ship and was builtin 1987 by Whaler Bay Boatworks. It has Douglas fir planking on sawn yellow cedar frames.
The Elizabeth Bonaventure was a familiar sight in Anacortes decades ago when it was part of the Anacortes Outward Bound Sea School. It was one of four longboats built regionally and used for experiential education, including many month-long excursions and trips around nearby islands.
When the Outward Bound Sea School folded in 2004, the Elizabeth Bonaventure continued to serve youth here. With the help of Bill and Diane McGaw, she was purchased by Sea Scout Crew 4081, along with her boathouse. OARS joined in and used the boathouse as well, and began a supportive partnership with Crew 4081 that lasted many years.
The boathouses were banned following a severe winter storm that toppled half of them in late December 1990, but they were not finally destroyed until much later. OARS was able to muster the political will and support of the City and Port to build our present shelter. It’s the only one in Cap Sante Marina, a tremendous asset that keeps our boats dry and out of the weather.
Request a Trial Row!
Trial rows are a great way to see if our rowing experience suits you — and learn what OARS is all about. Trial rows last about an hour, and you can go on up to three trial rows before making a membership decision. Many trial rows are Friday mornings, but they can be arranged any time. To sign up for a trial row, use our Contact form below.
Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
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Free Public Rows Fridays July 9 - Aug. 27
Community Rows 2021
Want to try rowing with a crew in a graceful wooden boat?
OARS is offering free one-hour trial rows at 9:30 Friday mornings from July 9 through Aug. 27.
The get-acquainted rows leaving from Cap Sante Marina are for anyone 12 or older who can physically handle a 13-foot oar. No experience necessary. OARS members will be rowing with you in five-person crews.
Pre-registration is required so crews can be scheduled. Call or text Mindy at (360) 202-0855 to register.
Rowers will meet at the canvas shelter at the end of the gangway on P dock at the northeast corner of the marina. Wear soft-soled shoes and layers of comfortable, light-weight clothing depending on the weather. OARS will provide life jackets.
Rowing guests must complete a liability waiver, which is available here. Bring the completed form to your row. Minors must have attending guardian sign for them.